Top 10 Dog Friendly Road Trips in Scotland for Those Who Take Their Pets on Mini Break
Want to take a little break this fall and take your favorite four-legged friend with you?
A road trip around Scotland might be the answer, as there are many great options for road trips with quaint seaside towns, bustling towns and country villages, all ideal for exploring.
From freeways hugging the coastline to winding country roads, there is no travel experience quite like hitting the road, especially when you can take your four-legged friend with you.
While it’s not always easy to find dog-friendly places, researchers at personalized dog food delivery site tails.com have revealed the top 10 wow-worthy road trips across Scotland.
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Edinburgh to Kirkwall is the most dog friendly road trip in the country, according to research, scoring 31.7 out of 50 possible.
The route has four main stopping points including the Scottish capital itself, Aberdeen, Inverness and finally Kirkwall. A total of 336 Airbnbs accepting dogs, 90 vets and 72 restaurants accepting dogs are available at major stopping points.
The road trip also features eight dog friendly activities and one of the largest numbers of walking trails with 220.
Voted 7.9 out of 10 for the best hiking trails, there are plenty of routes to explore during the trip.
Last year Edinburgh was crowned the UK’s most dog friendly holiday destination, so it’s no wonder this road trip from the Scottish capital scored highly for hospitality. dogs.
Tails.com said: “What better way to start your trip than a trip to Portobello Beach in Edinburgh.
“The popular destination for dogs is the perfect place for a seaside walk and a dip (and foot) in the ocean.”
There are plenty of places to go out and enjoy the fresh air from the first stop.
Tails.com added: “Duthie Park in Aberdeen has 44 acres of green space, winding paths and a river to walk through, making it a great place to stop with your four-legged friend.”
Tails.com said: “There is no better place to explore and feel the wind in your fur (and your hair) than Loch Ness.
“The scenic walk is 37 km long around the large deep-water lock and you might even spot the allusive Loch Ness monster.”
There are some real highlights to be enjoyed as the road trip ends in Kirkwall.
Tails.com added: “Kirkwall Harbourfront is a scenic place to enjoy a leisurely walk with your dog and once you’ve worked up an appetite perch on a bench with fish and chips, watching the fishermen locals come and go. “
The Royal Deeside Tourist Route landed in second place with a score of 25.9, followed by Heart 200 with a score of 23.4.
Top 10 Most Dog Friendly Road Trips in Scotland:
- Edinburgh to Kirkwall – 31.7 / 50
- Royal Deeside Tourist Route – 25.9
- Heart 200 – 23.4
- Inverness to Elgin – 21.3
- Northeast 250 – 19.4
- Argyll Coastal Road and Loch Ness – 17.3
- The north coast 500 – 15.9
- Road to the Islands – 15.3
- Southwest Coast 300 – 12.6
- Outer Hebrides – 7.9
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