4 Dog Friendly Attractions in Dumfries and Galloway
Our little corner of South West Scotland is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country, making our country hotel in Dumfries popular with couples, families and groups of outdoor enthusiasts. And for the dog owners among us, that includes our four legged family members too!
In fact, The Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms Hotel is home to three of our own resident pups – so we understand that your dog really is part of the family. That’s why we’ll never charge you extra to bring your dog on holiday with you. Our dog friendly hotel is just a short drive from Drumlanrig Castle, which has miles of paths and dog walks – perfect for a day out exploring our beautiful county.
We have lots of dog friendly places in Dumfries and Galloway – here are a few of our favourites!
1. Walking at Drumlanrig Castle
Affectionately known at ‘The Pink Palace’ by locals, Drumlanrig Castle is renowned for everything from its fine art collection to its purpose built adventure playground – and the wonderful grounds are no exception! This circular route is about 10 miles long and starts at the Drumlanrig Castle car park then follows the River Nith to Burnmouth Bridge, offering beautiful views of the Southern Uplands.
This walk is just under 10 miles/16 kilometres and takes about 4.5 hours, but with a vast network of paths there is something to suit all ages and abilities. In areas where livestock are grazing, please be careful to keep your dog under close control.
2. The Annandale Distillery
The fascinating story of the Annandale Distillery began when it was established in 1836, making it Scotland’s oldest distillery predating Glenfiddich by 50 years. The former Johnnie Walker distillery ceased production in 1918 after which it lay dormant until it’s dramatic revival in 2014. Annandale is well known for its friendly staff and informative whisky tours which are popular both with whisky loving locals and foreign travellers.
Although your four legged friend can’t join the tour itself, they’ll be made to feel more than at home in the distillery’s cosy coffee shop which boasts a log burning stove and a delectable menu of fresh local produce and home baking.
3. Rockcliffe Beach
Rockliffe is a sandy beach located on Dumfries and Galloway’s southerly coastline. Surrounded by a vast network of walking routes, there are plenty of paths in the area to explore, as well as the beach itself.
The beach is a National Scenic Area and indeed known for being one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Scotland. Rockcliffe is popular with dog walkers all year round and the village has a small car park and a cafe. You can also visit the nature reserve on Rough Island, although it’s only accessible by a tidal causeway – so check tide times before hand.
If you’re planning to make a day of it, why not have the chefs in our restaurant put together a picnic lunch for your day out? Just ask a member of our dog friendly hotel team!
4. Caerlaverock Castle
This medieval stronghold is an excellent example of its kind and although ruined, you can still explore much of the unique triangle shaped structure. Caerlaverock Castle was instrumental in many a battle between the Scots and their southern neighbours. You can immerse yourself in tales of siege warfare in their permanent exhibition or walk through the Castle Wood and the Caerlaverock Nature Reserve.
Looking for a dog friendly hotel in Dumfries and Galloway? We are a dog friendly hotel near Dumfries and have luxury hotel rooms available for dogs and their humans at no extra charge. We do ask that you let us know when booking if you’re dog will be coming too!