The Perfect Dog Friendly Hotel Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway!
-Looking for a Dog Friendly Hotel Scotland?
-The BQA hotel is a luxurious and dog friendly hotel that welcomes pets with open arms.
-We don’t charge anything extra for dogs.
-We have three resident dogs, Merlin, Murphy and Huxley who love to welcome new dogs to the pack!
-The BQA Hotel is fortunate to be situated in Thornhill, a brilliant base for exploring the local areas fantastic walks and attractions. Here our some of our favourites:
The Striding Arches Walk
-Combining nature with the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy, this walk is a unique blend of scintillating scenery and pioneering artwork. In 2002, Andy, in partnership with the local community and national organisations, crafted several arches made out of Dumfriesshire sandstone which he set up on hilltops in Cairnhead forest. The spectacular arches dominate the hilltops for miles around and are the perfect fusion of nature and artistic creativity.
-For serious walkers and energetic dogs, to hike from one hill-top arch to the next is a distance of roughly 16km (10 miles). The terrain is dramatic but affords little in the way of a relaxing hike! You should expect rough and hilly terrain and you will need a compass and a map to navigate the area. This one is for the fitness fanatics or those who happily let their dogs pull them up hills!
-Alternative and equally beautiful routes are also available. Follow this link for all route details and advice.
Drumlanrig Castle and Grounds
-Drumlanrig Castle is situated only 3 miles down the road from the BQA Hotel. It is one of Scotland’s most spectacular castles and dates back to the 17th Century. It also boasts an impressive array of walks in the Castle’s grounds which are perfect for exercising your dog surrounded by stunning heritage and nature. The Castle actively welcomes dogs as much as our dog friendly hotel Scotland does, but does insist that they are kept on leads at all times and kept on the paths. Here are some of the Castle’s fantastic walks.
1.To Beech Loch and Back: 2km – purple way-markers: This is an easy stroll for you and your dogs through the woodland adjacent to the Castle.
2.Enchanted Forest: 2.5km – red way-markers: Another short stroll through the woods of Drumlanrig, and past Beech and Coldstream Lochs, before heading downhill back to the Castle. Keep an eye out for red squirrels!
3. The Marr Burn. 4km – blue way-markers: This walk starts in beautiful woodlands before emerging onto the bank of the Marr Burn. Keep an eye peeled for the Victorian era St Geoffrey’s Bridge and Andy Goldsworthy’s sandstone arch and let your dogs splash about to their hearts’ content.
4.Castle View. 5km – green way-markers: A strenuous walk, you’ll begin with a gradual climb to Mount Malloch. At the summit, you’ll be welcomed by fantastic views overlooking the Queensberry Estate and the River Nith. Onwards from here, your route passes Starn Loch and the giant Wellingtonia trees before you enter Starn Cleuch, a reconstructed Victorian footpath which takes you through a steep gorge on the home strait.
-Morton Castle, situated only a short distance from the BQA Hotel, enjoys without any doubt one of Scotland’s most breath-taking settings. Perched high above a loch, the remnants of the castle form an awesome backdrop to the area’s fabulous scenery. Built in around 1300 by the Earls of Morton, little now remains of the once impressive stonework. However, the area’s fabulous scenery and walking opportunities more than make up for this. The castle is remote so you will have the freedom of the countryside for you and your dogs to make full use of.
Forest of Ae
-Ironically possessing one of the shortest names in the world for a forest, the huge expanse of Ae Forest is a delightfully scenic place to exercise your dogs. The forest has two exceptional designated walks for you and your furry friends to enjoy! A short drive from our dog friendly hotel Scotland too, so easy to get to and great to enjoy!
1.Water of Ae Riverside Trail: 3 ¼ miles. Moderate: A wonderful stroll along the Water of Ae. Look out for wildlife in the trees and burn. Firm gravel surface throughout. Two cattle grids.
2.Green Hill Trail: 5 ½ miles. Strenuous. A long route along the Water of Ae before climbing a hill. Excellent views across to Queensberry Hill. Long slopes, rough and narrow path with tree roots.
5. Balcary Bay and Rascarrel 1.5- 8 miles.
-Just under an hour’s drive from the BQA Hotel, this is a hugely popular area for walking given the excellent sea views, dramatic cliffs and abundant birdlife. There is a huge array of options on this walk so you can keep it short or test your endurance. The area is teeming with birdlife, so expect to see Oystercatcher, Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, and Grey Heron.
-The fantastic thing about this walk is its abundance of widlife. If you carry along to Rascarrel you will reach Loch Mackie. The woodland that surrounds the Loch is home to Goldcrests, Coal Tits, Robin and Sparrowhawk. If you are walking in the area in the late evening, you will even have the chance to spot Roe Deer. The Loch itself is home to Waterfowl, Mallard, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck and Cormorant. Bird watcher’s paradise! So once you’ve enjoy all of these fabulous sights, head back to our dog friendly hotel Scotland for some much needed rest and relaxation and maybe a cream tea for two!
If you’re looking for a Dog Friendly Hotel Scotland, the BQA Hotel is the answer to your prayers; our rooms our cosy and so is our bar! In fact we are quite fond of our menu as well! Our team all love dogs, and the hotel, situated in the heart of the charming market town of Thornhill, is perfectly located for you and your dogs to explore the surrounding area’s many delights. Enjoy!