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The best Scotland holidays with dogs

With its wild open spaces, mountains and lochs Scotland is a varied and exciting landscape, and the ideal place to go on holiday with your dog. A large number of self-catering properties offer Scotland holidays with dogs, so taking your family pet away with you doesn't limit you on the choice, quality and location of holiday lets.

Self catering holidays with dogs in Scotland

www.holiday-cottages.scotland.org.uk claim to have 'one of the largest and widest range of holiday cottages in Scotland'. Not only can you search for cottages by region or by how many people it sleeps, but it also has a whole section dedicated to pet friendly cottages. The majority of cottages can be booked quickly and conveniently online.

The breathtaking location of Stac Polly Cottage on the Achiltibuie peninsular makes it the ideal place for long windswept walks. The luxurious cottage has awe-inspiring views of the ocean and the Summer Isles. The cottage can sleep up to 6 adults and 2 children and has a hot tub, BBQ and a wood-burning stove to keep the whole family entertained whatever the weather. For 7 nights in November the cottage costs £699 for a family of 4 including the dog.

Dog friendly accommodation in Scotland

Wilderness Cottages is a good site to find a range of cottages catering for all budgets in some of Scotland's most spectacular locations. The cottages that welcome dogs are easy to spot as they have a paw print symbol next to them. One such dog friendly cottage, Pine Cottage on a working croft in the Northern Highlands, has views of the Applecross Mountains. It sleeps 2 people and costs £270 - £460 depending on the time of year.

If you want to quickly find holiday accommodation that welcomes dogs then check out www.dogsinvited.co.uk. You can search under Northern and Southern Scotland and view a list of dog friendly B&B's, cottages and lodges.

Torran B&B, a former gamekeeper's cottage nestled on a mountainside overlooking Loch Ness, is one such property. Owners Mike and Linda and their dogs will make your pet feel as much at home as you the guest. The cosy family atmosphere makes it a perfect choice for Scotland holidays with dogs. On the doorstep is moorland, wild open spaces and lots of sheep to keep your dog entertained on long walks. It costs £25 per person per night for 2 adults sharing a room in low season. High season (2nd July - 3rd September) costs £35. You will need to bring you own dog bed and food.

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