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Exploring Dumfries and Galloway with Your Four-Legged Friend

Are you planning a self-catering holiday in Dumfries and Galloway with your furry friend in tow?


High Kirkland Holidays welcomes guests and their beloved pets, making it the perfect destination for pet lovers. This beautiful region in south-west Scotland is not only a paradise for nature enthusiasts but also offers a host of pet-friendly attractions and scenic dog walks that you and your canine companion can enjoy together.


Pet-Friendly Places to Visit


The Dhoon Beach: High Kirkland Holiday Cottages offer an ideal base for those seeking a pet-friendly retreat, with the scenic Dhoon Beach merely a 10-minute drive away. This pristine coastline provides a serene escape for both two-legged and four-legged guests. Conveniently located, High Kirkland ensures a seamless blend of comfort and accessibility, be it a game of fetch in the sand or a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, your pets are in for a tail-wagging good time.



Brighouse Bay: If your dog loves the sand and surf, head to Brighouse Bay. This beautiful coastal area is dog-friendly year-round. Let your pup run free along the sandy shores, chase waves, or simply soak up the sea breeze together.



Threave Gardens: This National Trust property is a fantastic place to explore with your pet. While dogs are not allowed inside the house or formal gardens, they are welcome in the extensive estate grounds. Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque gardens, meadows, and woodlands.



Threave Castle: A short 15-minute drive from High Kirkland Holiday Cottages, Threave Castle beckons as a captivating historical site awaiting exploration. Nestled amid scenic landscapes, this medieval fortress offers a rich tapestry of history and charm. High Kirkland's convenient location serves as an ideal starting point for a cultural excursion



Caerlaverock Castle: History buffs can visit the medieval Caerlaverock Castle, and you won't have to leave your dog behind. Dogs are welcome in the castle grounds and on designated walking routes, so you can learn about the castle's rich history while enjoying a pleasant walk with your furry friend.



Dining Options for Dog Walkers


While exploring the area around Caerlaverock Castle, you can take a break and dine at The Boathouse Restaurant & Shop. It's a wonderful spot for a meal, and they welcome dogs in their outdoor seating area, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal while your pet rests comfortably by your side.



In Kirkcudbright, don't miss Feast Cafe, which is also dog-friendly. You can enjoy a tasty meal in a welcoming atmosphere while your furry companion accompanies you. It's a great choice for those exploring this charming harbour town.


The Masonic Arms in Gatehouse is another excellent option for pet-friendly dining. They welcome dogs and offer a delightful experience for both you and your canine companion. While in the area, you can explore the scenic walk through Cally Woods down to Sandgreen beach, a perfect opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.



Galloway Forest Park: Known for its Dark Sky Park status, Galloway Forest Park offers stunning trails for dog walkers. Explore the picturesque routes surrounding Loch Trool, Loch Ken, and Clatteringshaws Loch, and keep an eye out for the local wildlife.


Glenkiln Reservoir: Further afield, located near Dumfries, this reservoir is surrounded by scenic woodlands and a lovely 6km circular walking trail. Enjoy a tranquil walk along the water with your dog and take in the beautiful views.



The Southern Upland Way: If you and your dog are up for a challenge, consider hiking a section of the Southern Upland Way. This long-distance trail offers various options, from gentle walks to more demanding hikes, allowing you to explore the region's diverse landscapes.


High Kirkland Holidays provides comfortable and pet-friendly accommodation, ensuring you and your furry companion have a memorable and enjoyable stay in Dumfries and Galloway.


Dreaming of chasing seagulls down at Dhoon beach...

Enjoy your self-catering holiday in this stunning region, exploring the beauty of Dumfries and Galloway with your loyal four-legged friend by your side. High Kirkland Holidays welcomes you both to an unforgettable experience in this pet-friendly paradise.


Book your self catering cottage holiday at High Kirkland here.


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