Quirky places to visit with dogs

Check out our travel inspiration for the top places to visit on holiday with your dog in England, Scotland and Wales.
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From sampling the finest of doggie beers in rural Scotland, to exploring London’s waterways with your pet as captain of the ship. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next escape with your faithful companion, look no further.

A bench with a 'Big Fella', Cumbria

Dogs can be larger than life characters but not quite as large as ‘Big Fella. Just over a 30 minute drive from Castle Inn Hotel, BW Signature Collection, you’ll find one of the quirkiest sites on the Cumbrian coastline – a 12-foot-tall sculpture, dedicated to a man and his dog.

The oversized steel statue and bench was given to the people of Silloth by a local businessman to remember the times he spent with his companion Scruffy by the sea. Today, it’s the perfect place to pose for a picture with your pooch while admiring views of the crashing waves and the rolling hills of Scotland in the distance.

A canine massage therapist, Perthshire

Swedish, sports and deep tissue, they all appear on the list of massage options for dogs at Scotland Canine Massage Therapy. The Perthshire practice believes massage is suitable for dogs of all ages and can help with everything from releasing muscle strains to increasing mobility.

Forget soothing whale sounds and aromatic scents, this is a massage with real benefits for your pooch that could see you return for more sessions.

The Best Western Balgeddie House Hotel is a 50 minute drive away.

A museum with a difference, Cardiff

St Fagans National Museum of History is a true oddity, a collection of quintessentially country buildings gathered in one place for you and your pup to explore.

Over 40 historic structures have been moved and re-assembled just outside Cardiff to give you a flavour of yesteryear. See old-fashioned shops and mills and a vintage post office on the same site as an Elizabethan manor home. The open-air museum provides pooper scoopers and water bowls to help take the stress out of your day and when you need to take the weight off your feet and paws, the Best Western Heronston Hotel & Spa is just a 20-minute-drive away.

The world's largest stone circle, Wiltshire

Move over Stonehenge, if it’s a dog-friendly stone circle you’re after, Avebury is a must-visit. Four-legged visitors are prohibited from Wiltshire’s most famous landmark, while the lesser-known monument to the north, welcomes furry guests if kept on a lead.

Get up close to the largest stone circle in the world without paying any entry fees and with your faithful companion by your side. The National Trust site is a short 24 minute drive from the Best Western Plus Angel Hotel and lays on doggy ice cream in the Old Farmyard and water bowls to keep your hound hydrated.

Scotland's most dog-friendly brewery, Argyll

Dogs and beers might be a common pairing in pet-friendly pubs, but you’ll have to look harder to find beers made for dogs. Luckily for you and your pooch, Fyne Ales Brewery has filled an unusual gap in the market by brewing their alcohol-free Snuffle Dog Beer.

The brewery’s tap room is just 14 minutes away from the Inverary Inn, BW Signature Collection and welcomes four legged patrons to sup on original and chicken flavoured concoctions in the beautiful Argyll countryside.

And for an experience where ales and Alsatians combine perfectly, check out FyneFest – the brewery’s beer food and music festival held every June.

London's cool canals

If you think you’ve seen everything London has to offer on land, why not explore the capital via its waterways?

 GoBoat can be found in Paddington Basin, just a few short nautical metres from the scenic Little Venice. Set sail on an electric boat with your dog as skipper as you pass London Zoo, canal-side pubs, cool Camden Market and restaurants perched over the water. When you’re wetter-than-usual-walkies have finished, there’s always a chance to refuel at Bondi Green. Order the bone biscuits or doggie lamington for the complete quirky day out.

The Ceasar Hotel, WorldHotels Distinctive is a short 15 minute walk away.

The mysterious Loch Ness, Highlands

Take your furry friend on an excursion inspired by the most famous folklore in the land. The story of the beast lurking the loch has intrigued many people over the years and there’s no reason why your pet can’t get involved in the intrigue with a dog-friendly cruise.

Jacobite Cruises offer multiple tour options but unfortunately those including access to Urquhart Castle don’t permit pets.

Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is just a 9 minute drive from Dochgarroch Lock.


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