A pet friendly holiday is a lot more fun

Every dog should have its day, preferably more than one, and there’s few better places on earth to enjoy a pet friendly holiday than Scotland.

16 page feature on pet friendly holidays and where to stay in Scotland this summer in May issue of Scotland Correspondent magazine

Scotland Correspondent magazine

The country has always been a dog owner’s heaven. Its majestic mountains and glens, picturesque lochs and stunning beaches makes it a paradise for going walkies.

More than a quarter of Scottish families own a dog, which means there are now more than 640,00 of them living in the country, and every year an increasing number of visitors from across the UK take their pets on holiday north of the border.

16 page feature on where to stay for a pet friendly holiday in Scotland Correspondent magazine

As a result there are an ever growing number of dog friendly destinations throughout Scotland from visitor attractions and pubs to hotels and self-catering holiday homes for families and their canine companions.

Wherever you go in Scotland – whether it’s climbing hills, strolling over sandy beaches, exploring colourful woodlands or following the path of a meandering river – there’s plenty of room to let your family pet enjoy the fresh air and sniff out new experiences.

Throughout the whole of the UK more than 66 per cent of dog owners admit they treat their pets as part of the family and a survey carried out for American Express found 27 per cent them took their dogs on holiday last year at an estimated cost of £227 million.

Apart from the obvious benefits of not having to worry about your pet while away, and that holidays can be more fun exploring places with a dog, it saves money. Various studies have put the cost of taking a pet on holiday as seven times cheaper than leaving it in boarding kennels.

Around 36 per cent of dog owners surveyed said they took their animals with them on a traditional family holiday last year while 31 per cent enjoyed a walking trip and 27 per cent opted for a beach vacation.

Whatever kind of holiday you’re after there is a growing number of places welcoming dogs, not least because many owners tend to holiday outside of the busy peak season and are as loyal as their animals. They often return to the same spots and are quick to recommend great places to others.

“Dogs a big part of the family so why shouldn’t they be able to enjoy a holiday just as much as their humans?,” said Mathew Bettoli of leading holiday letting agents Cottages & Castles which has hundreds of pet friendly properties on its books.

“Almost 75 per cent of our properties accept dogs. Last year just over 30 per cent of our bookings had dogs included – that means we were able to give at least 1700 dogs a holiday with their human family in 2018.”

Examples of the wide variety of self-catering accommodation willing to host dogs range from historic tower houses to country cottages and beach front properties.

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