Scotland makes a great holiday destination, and if you only visit one place, then you should make it to Edinburgh. And, of course, you just must take your best friend along with you. Edinburgh is a very dog friendly city, so let’s have a look at some of the highlights you can both enjoy when you take a trip to the city that’s known as the ‘Athens of the North’!
Dog Friendly Accommodation
Edinburgh loves to make tourists of all nationalities welcome, and there are many dog friendly hotels and guesthouses waiting to give you and your dog a famously warm Scots welcome. If you’re going at a busy time (for example New Year, or when the Edinburgh Tattoo or Festival is on, then book early to avoid disappointment). Here are just some places we can heartily recommend.
The Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh – The Bonham is the height of luxury. It’s a four star hotel right in the city centre, and is considered one of the most fashionable boutique hotels in the whole of Scotland. And, of course, it loves dogs and welcomes them in.
The Hampton Hotel, Edinburgh – Do you and your dog love rugby? You’ll be made welcome at The Hampton, and it’s right across from Murrayfield Stadium. Sing Flower Of Scotland as you walk in the beautiful countryside nearby.
The Malmaison, Edinburgh – The Malmaison offers great fine, and beautiful rooms where you and your dog will love to stay. It’s near to the historic Edinburgh waterside area. If, on the other hand, you prefer self-catering, then the Edinburgh Apartments Ltd are a fine choice for dog lovers.
Dog Friendly Outdoor Spaces
Edinburgh is a beautiful city that’s a fantastic mixture of the old, and the new – especially with the buildings that sprang up when the Scottish Parliament opened. Take a walk through the streets with your friend on their lead, and you’ll be amazed how many people stop to say hello, and give them a friendly pat.
There are many green spaces, and public gardens and one of the best places to go is Prince’s Street Gardens. Prince’s Street is one of the main shopping streets to walk down, and you’ll get a great view of the famous Edinburgh Castle. The gardens themselves are a beautifully maintained park in the shadow of the castle itself. It’s a dog lover’s paradise.
Do you fancy going a little upmarket? Then check out Holyrood Park. It’s a rugged and natural beauty spot around a mile from the city centre, and of course it’s just a stone’s throw from Holyrood Palace itself, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh. You may even see her out, walking her corgis!
Dog Friendly Eateries
In Edinburgh, you’ll find great cuisine from across the world, as well as local favourites like haggis. Vegetarians are well catered for as well. Here is a select choice of dog friendly eateries and bars.
Bon Vivant – A great little pub doing amazing food, this is a great place to pop in for lunch with your dog. A welcome bowl of water is served before you get chance to order one of the fabulous cocktails on offer.
The Auld Hoose – The Auld Hoose is as traditional and welcoming as its name suggests. They serve great food, as well as having an extra fine whiskey selection. Your dog can enjoy a bowl of water.
I Heart Café – There’s nothing more relaxing than having a high quality coffee and watching the world roll by. There are few places that are better to do that than the I Heart Cafe in Haddington Place. They serve mouth watering cakes and fancies as well, and often provide live Scottish music, both traditional and modern. Dogs, of course, are more than welcomed.
Edinburgh is full of pubs, and each has a charm and character of its very own. Some of the very best are dog friendly, including The Ferry Tap, The Cambridge Bar, The Earl of Marchmont, and The Blue Goose. There are two things for certain when you visit Edinburgh: both you and your dog will love it, and you’ll be counting the days until you can go again. Don’t forget to try the shortbread, while your dog can enjoy a chew or two from one of the many pet shops!
Places of special interest
Why not visit the grave of Greyfriars Bobby. This little Skye Terrier was reported to have stayed at the grave of his master for over 14 years. A true example of how loyal our beloved dogs are.