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Why You Should Have a Dog-Friendly Stay in Edinburgh: Exploring the City with Your Canine Companion

Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic and picturesque capital, is a city that warmly welcomes visitors of all kinds, including our four-legged friends. If you’re planning a trip and wondering whether to bring your dog along, the answer is a resounding yes! Edinburgh is incredibly dog-friendly, offering a wealth of activities and accommodations that ensure both you and your furry companion have a fantastic stay. Here’s why you should consider a dog-friendly stay in Edinburgh and what to do with your dog while you’re there.

Exploring the City: Dog-Friendly Activities

Edinburgh is filled with green spaces, scenic walks, and pet-friendly establishments that make it an ideal city to explore with your dog.

  • Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat: Start your adventure with a walk up Arthur’s Seat. This ancient volcano offers panoramic views of the city and is a favourite spot for both locals and visitors. Holyrood Park, surrounding it, provides ample space for dogs to roam.
  • Princes Street Gardens: Located in the heart of the city, these gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. The beautifully landscaped grounds offer plenty of interesting scents and sights for your dog.
  • The Water of Leith Walkway: This tranquil 12-mile path winds through the city from Balerno to Leith. It’s a serene escape from the hustle and bustle, where you and your dog can enjoy the scenic river views and woodland trails.

Pet-Friendly Dining

Edinburgh’s vibrant culinary scene extends its hospitality to dogs, with many cafes, pubs, and restaurants welcoming your canine companion.

  • The Dog House: As the name suggests, this quirky pub in the Southside area is incredibly dog-friendly, offering water bowls, treats, and a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Artisan Roast: This speciality coffee shop is perfect for a caffeine fix, and your dog will be just as welcome as you are. Enjoy a cup of artisan coffee while your pup enjoys a treat.
  • The Scran and Scallie: This gastropub in Stockbridge not only serves delicious food but also welcomes dogs with open arms. It’s a great spot to unwind with a hearty meal after a day of exploring.

Unique Dog-Friendly Experiences

  • City Sightseeing Bus Tours: Some of the city’s bus tours allow dogs on board, letting you and your pet take in the sights comfortably.
  • Dean Village: This charming, historic village is just a short walk from the city centre and offers picturesque views and a peaceful atmosphere perfect for a leisurely walk with your dog.
  • Cramond Island: If you’re up for a bit of adventure, take a trip to Cramond Island. Accessible via a causeway during low tide, it offers an exciting day out for both you and your dog.

Edinburgh’s charm isn’t just limited to its rich history and stunning architecture; it’s also an incredibly dog-friendly city that offers numerous activities and accommodations tailored for pet owners. From scenic walks and pet-friendly eateries to unique experiences, there’s no shortage of things to do with your dog in this beautiful city. So pack your bags, leash up your furry friend, and get ready to explore Edinburgh together for an unforgettable trip!

If you are visiting us soon ensure you remember to download the Dugs n’ Pubs App which will help you to find all the dog-friendly pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants across the city.

We offer dog-friendly accommodation but an additional one-off charge of £50 does apply to ensure your apartment is suitable for our next guests. When making a reservation via our website simply select “Bring your dog” in the enhancements section. If you have any questions then please do contact our team which will be more than happy to help.

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