15 BEST Dog Friendly Hotels Scotland Has To Offer!

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Cazzy Magennis
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April 6, 2021
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No one wants to leave their furry friend at home when they head away on holiday; so here's a list of the 15 best dog friendly hotels Scotland has to offer!
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Are you keen to visit Scotland, but don’t want to leave your furry friend behind!? 

Then no problem, I’ve got you covered!

I’ve put together a list of all the best dog-friendly hotels Scotland has to offer throughout the country. 

There’s a wide range of accommodation in Scotland that caters to pets, from B&Bs, to country houses, to cottages, and more. 

So you don’t have to compromise between an awesome hotel stay and leaving your dog behind! 

Let’s get straight in ...

1. Fonab Castle Hotel $$ - Best dog-friendly castle stay in Scotland

Fonab Castle Hotel Scotland

Want to stay in a castle in Scotland with your pet? Then we’ve found the perfect place. 

Nestled in the Scottish Highlands, Fonab Castle offers scenic views, and luxurious rooms each blending contemporary style with original, authentic features of the room.

Rooms also come with bathrobes, an entertainment system, and a Nespresso coffee maker. The hotel also boasts two onsite restaurants and an alfresco dining area that overlooks the loch. On the cold evenings, you can still experience outside dining by opting for one of the pods on offer. 

Special features:

  • A 5-minute drive from Pitlochry Golf
  • Outside dining pods 
  • The chance to stay in a castle with your pet!

2. The Balmoral Hotel $$$ - Best dog-friendly hotel in Edinburgh

The Balmoral Hotel Scotland

The Balmoral hotel is a fabulous place to stay in the heart of Edinburgh, and they allow pets too. This 5-star hotel in Scotland features a Michelin-starred restaurant, a pool, and a gym.

It actually first opened in 1902 and now offers guests beautiful rooms with a spacious marble bathroom. 

Most of the rooms come with views of the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle

The on-site restaurant offers fine dining, or you can opt for Palm Court which offers a classic afternoon tea experience. 

After a day of exploring the city, you can return and unwind with the sauna and Turkish tea room. 

Special features:

  • On-site spa and swimming pool
  • Michelin starred restaurant 
  • In the heart of Edinburgh 

3. Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel & Spa $ - Best dog-friendly hotel in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Hotel & Spa for dogs Scotland

This beautiful hotel in Aberdeen offers a variety of facilities to help make your stay more comfortable. 

This includes a bar, shared lounge, an on-site fitness area, and a luxury spa for relaxing.

 At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a fridge, microwave, and a flat-screen TV. 

Some rooms include a freestanding bath for the ultimate relaxing experience

This hotel is beautifully designed throughout and has many modern touches. 

Special features:

  • On-site gym and spa
  • Breakfast included in the room rate 
  • Great location

4. Cairngorm Hotel $ - Best dog-friendly hotel in the Cairngorms national park

Cairngorms dog friendly hotel Scotland

Located in Aviemore, the hub of the Cairngorms national park, this beautiful hotel is perfectly situated for climbing, hill walking, fishing, the Malt Whisky Trail, and all winter sports. 

Located on its own grounds on the main street of Aviemore, you’re in a central location for access to all the local amenities and attractions. 

There’s an on-site restaurant available and you can opt for half-board during your booking. 

As this is a family-run hotel, it’s consistently rated for the warm hospitality the staff offer during your stay. 

Special features:

  • Breakfast is included in the room rate 
  • Located in the heart of Aviemore 
  • Excellent price 

5. Bettyhill Hotel $$ - Best dog-friendly hotel on the NC500

Bettyhill Hotel

Bettyhill is a small but charming town located on the North Coast 500, the property offers stunning views over Torrisdale Bay and features an on-site a-la-carte restaurant, a garden, and terrace, and a bar to enjoy a “wee dram” in the evenings. 

All rooms come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a view (some with sea views!). 

Rooms either have an en-suite or shared bathroom depending on what you book. 

There’s also a games room with billiards and darts. 

Special features:

  • Games room 
  • On-site restaurant 
  • Excellent views

6. Macdonald Crutherland House $ - Best dog-friendly hotel in Glasgow

Macdonald Crutherland House

Located just 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre, this brilliant property is located within 37 acres of parkland and offers a spa and award-winning restaurant. 

As well as being an excellent hotel in Scotland with a swimming pool, there’s also a sauna, steam room and beauty centre.

There is even an on-site gym and plenty of walking opportunities in the surrounding grounds and woodland walks. 

The 2 AA-Rosette restaurant serves a traditional Scottish menu using quality local produce. 

You’re only a 5-minute drive to the nearest train station which will bring you directly into Glasgow, perfect if you don’t want to drive into the city centre. 

You’re also super close (2 minutes) to a golf resort

Special features:

  • On-site spa
  • Fitness centre 
  • Award winning restaurant

7. Mansfield Castle Hotel $$ - Best dog-friendly hotel in Scottish Highlands

Mansfield Castle Hotel Scotland for dogs

I bring you another opportunity to stay in a castle hotel without having to leave your doggy behind! 

Built-in the late 1870s, this beautiful Victorian building is set in 3 acres of stunning countryside. It’s also in a great location being only 5 minutes from the town centre of Tain which is bursting with history. 

This hotel offers an award-winning restaurant and a reading lounge, perfect for relaxing in the evenings. 

You’re only one hour from Inverness airport, which means you’re nestled in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by beauty! 

There are also a number of famous golf courses and distilleries all within a short distance.

Special features:

  • Historic castle stay 
  • Luxury reading lounge 
  • Award-winning restaurant 

8. Riverbeds $$$ - Best dog-friendly hotel with hot tub in Scotland

Riberbeds Scotland dog friendly bothy

Set in the heart of Glencoe in the Scottish highlands, located on a private terrace perched above a river, these luxury lodges are set on a golf course and private estate in the Glencoe Valley. 

This accommodation combines luxury and uniqueness perfectly, and you have your very own private hot tub

Each lodge comes with an on-site bathroom, a kitchenette, and there’s a nearby cafe to enjoy lunch and dinner. 

Since this property is located in nature, you’re in a perfect position to explore the nearby mountain paths, riverside walks, and woodland. 

Perfect for dog walks too!

Special features:

  • Private hot tub
  • Unique accommodation 
  • Set in nature 

9. Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Resort $$ - Best dog-friendly hotel in Loch Lomond

Macdonalds Forest Hills Hotels & Resort

Located just 6 miles from the foot of Ben Lomond (a great dog-friendly walk!) this beautiful 4-star hotel has a quiet location, on the shores of Loch Ard.

This property comes with everything you’d expect from a luxury stay including an on-site spa and activity center. 

You’ll not go hungry with the fabulous Garden Restaurant serving up local cuisine.

All the rooms in this Loch Lomond accommodation are en-suite and some have balconies that offer views of the Trossachs and Loch Ard. 

The activity center offers rock climbing, mountain biking, fly-fishing, guided walks, and archery. 

Special features:

  • Onsite spa 
  • Onsite activity centre 
  • Located in nature 

10. Kettle House B&B $ - Best dog-friendly b&b in Scotland

Kettle House dog friendly B&B

Looking for a pet-friendly b&b in Scotland? Then this one based in Fort Augustus (on the shores of Loch Ness), is a perfect option. 

All rooms in this B&B have views of the private gardens or surrounding countryside and hills. Every room comes with a 24-inch flat-screen TV and DVD player. 

There’s an on-site breakfast room that overlooks the garden serving traditional Scottish breakfast, and you’re in a perfect position to undertake local activities such as golfing, walking, and hopping on a Loch Ness cruise. 

Special features:

  • Breakfast is included in the room rate 
  • Outside garden area 
  • Great location 

11. DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel $ - Best dog-friendly Hilton hotel in Scotland

Hilton Dunblane Hotel in Scotland

Nestled within 10 acres of landscaped grounds, this Victorian-style Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel offers stunning views of the Trossachs. 

The property features an on-site restaurant and a leisure club. 

The leisure club features a fully equipped gym, an indoor swimming pool, and a steam room, bubble pool, or sauna. 

All rooms have a designer bed, large TV and some include views of the beautiful Perthshire countryside. 

Half board dining is also available at this property and pets are allowed throughout the property, just not in rooms where food is served. 

Special features:

  • On-site gym and swimming pool 
  • Breakfast is included in room rate 
  • Cocktail bar 

12. Drumossie Bothy $ - Best dog-friendly hotel in Inverness

Drumossie Bothy Scotland

This cosy booth boasts views of the surrounding fields and has everything you need for a perfect Scottish holiday with the dogs. 

Relax in the wood-fired hot tub whilst enjoying the stars at night. 

There’s a king size bed, private garden, inside and outside dining spaces, and free parking for your car or campervan. There’s even a well-equipped kitchen and you’re only a 10-minute drive from the centre of Inverness city

Special features:

  • Complimentary breakfast 
  • Wood-fired hot tub 
  • Outside dining area 

13. Salt Winds $$$ - Best dog-friendly accommodation on the Isle of Skye

Salt Winds accommodation for dogs Scotland

Located on the beautiful Isle of Skye, this 3 bedroom house is perfect for a large family or group of friends and their pets. 

Salt Winds is located in Stein and offers an on-site bar, restaurant, and a garden. 

The living area offers a cosy wood-burning fire and epic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. There is also an outdoor terrace, perfect for stargazing in the evenings, and you’re in a perfect position for many hiking and cycling routes.

Special features:

  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Washing, drying facilities 
  • Large open plan kitchen

14. The Royal George Hotel $ - Best dog-friendly hotel in Perthshire

Royal George Hotel Perthshire

Located beside the River Tay, this beautiful hotel is just a minute from the Perth museum and other attractions. 

All rooms are en-suite and have views of the hotel’s award-winning gardens

There’s an on-site restaurant serving Scottish cuisine with river views. 

There’s even a lounge bar offering over 50 Scottish whiskies and gins, perfect for relaxing in the evening. 

This hotel even offers a fitness suite and an on-site games room.

Special features:

  • On-site gym and fitness facilities
  • Games room 
  • Breakfast is included

15. Lusa Bothy $$$ - Best dog-friendly bothy stay in Scotland

Lusa Bothy

This beautiful bothy hotel offers a traditional, yet luxurious place to stay on the Isle Of Skye. There is plenty of space outdoors for your dog to roam, and you’re in the perfect location for hiking, trekking, or wild walking through the unbeatable countryside. 

If you want even more thrills you can try mountaineering and kayaking.

 After exploring during the day you can return to the cosy booth with its wood-burning stove. There’s a fully equipped kitchen to make delicious meals and an outside dining area for chilling in the evenings. 

Special features:

  • Wood burning fire 
  • Located in nature 
  • Traditional bothy 

So there we have it, my guide to the best dog-friendly hotels Scotland has to offer

You’ll never have to leave your dog behind on your future adventures! 

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