5 Tips for taking your dog on holiday with you – By Jane Naylor

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Planning An Isle of Cumbrae Holiday With Your Dog

Scotland is a favourite among dog owners, and has been declared the most dog-friendly destination in the United Kingdom. Four out of five Scottish tourist attractions and establishments welcome dogs into their premises, which is why being a dog owner can be an enjoyable experience when you’re having a holiday in the country. The Isle of Cumbrae is one place in Scotland that pet owners should visit, as the island features gorgeous natural scenery, majestic historical locations and structures, and lots of activities that both humans and dogs will enjoy. Moreover, the island’s dog-friendly establishments will ensure a hassle-free stay. Here’s what you need to do if you’re planning to go on an Isle of Cumbrae holiday with your pooch.

Book a pet-friendly hotel

One of the most important things to do to ensure a good holiday with your pet is to find a hotel or apartment that allows dogs. Millport Holiday Apartments has eight apartments on the island, and some of the properties allow dogs, so you’ll need to call ahead to know which ones will welcome your pet. Millport Breaks in Crawford Street is another establishment that allows dogs. Though it doesn’t have a sea view, it’s located in a quiet part of the island, ensuring that you and your dog will get a good night’s sleep

Plan activities to do with your dog

There are plenty of things that you can do with your pet in the Isle of Cumbrae. Geocaching is a popular activity in the area, and it’s easy to spend the whole afternoon doing this, as there are over a dozen active caches around the island. You can also visit some of the popular landmarks in the area such as the Crocodile Rock – don’t forget to take a selfie with your pet! The Indian Rock is another must-see attraction which you and your pooch should check out. During the warm months, you can take to the water and play with your dog by the sea. Make a day out of it, and take a picnic lunch, a beach umbrella and a blanket. Don’t forget to carry plastic bags with you so that you can clean up after your dog.

Dining with your dog

If you’re craving some pub fare or want a hearty meal, there are lots of places in Millport that will welcome you and your dog. Dogs are allowed in The Newton Bar, and you can dine on traditional British and Scottish pub fare, such as fish and chips, steak and clam chowder. Meanwhile, the Crocodile Chippy lets you feast on pizza and vegan fare, as well as haggis, black pudding and sausage. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy a visit to The Ritz Café as it’s the perfect place to get some cake, coffee or tea. 

When packing for a holiday with your dog, be sure to take your pet’s collar and lead, food and water bowl. It’s also a good idea to bring a life jacket for your dog if you plan to do any water activities on the Isle of Cumbrae. Plan your stay well, and enjoy spending time with your dog in this pet-friendly paradise.


Content written and donated by Jane Naylor