I received my Dog Friendly Newsletter the other day, and it raises a good question. What does dog friendly mean? I've often been disappointed when my carefully filtered search throws up a "dog friendly" hotel which restricts dogs to their rooms and then only with their owner present. So not terribly friendly at all. Sometimes we've had to choose this option and popped her in the car at meal times but would usually choose somewhere which allowed DogS to stay with us in the bar area while we ate.
Not being able to take your dog to a hotel might be seen to be a "luxury worry" but not all trips are for leisure. We had to make one recently. There aren't boarding kennels nearby, MasterS lives in Edinburgh and can't always oblige, and being new to the area we can't call on friends to dog sit. So DogS had to come too. But the hotel has changed its dog policy. Which meant she had to spend the night in her crate in the car. And I spent part of the early morning in the car with her.* You know just in case......
Luckily we could use the hotel bar and the reason for our trip kept us out most of the day but the change in policy means we are unlikely to return to a place which has a strong pull for MrS. We've heard varying explanations for the change in policy, one citing irresponsible dog owners. So we must all make sure that our dogs behave in the places where they are welcome.
Many people are confused about the regulations concerning access to pets. Dugs'nPubs have good advice on their site and this article covers the legal aspect. I don't get back to Edinburgh very often but when I do, tend to plan my visits around dog friendly shops and cafes. There are lots of websites listing dog friendly venues, DugsnPubs is particularly good, but for what it's worth here are my top tips, for Edinburgh and further afield.
Whistles, Edinburgh branch, George Street
Ooh! Ruby shoes, independent shoe store. on Bruntsfield Place.
SpaceNK Edinburgh branch also on George Street
Nancy Blacks, Argyll Square Oban for all your clothing and chandlery needs
Hamilton and Inches fine jewellery and silver on George Street, Edinburgh. (Silversmiths to you know who)
The Bear'sPaw, Warmingham, Cheshire friendly pub with good food and rooms.
Falko, Konditormeister scrumptious bakery, Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh and branches in Gullane and Cockenzie (not been to this one)
The Traddock, Austwick, near Settle a lovely place with great food,comfy rooms and a very warm welcome.
Rocksalt Cafe/Deli, Leith, Edinburgh great breakfast or lunch spot.
Cafe Tartine great all day dining on Leith's Commercial Quay.
The Finnieston and its sister and neighbour Porter and Rye, fish and steaks and cocktails on Argyle Street, Glasgow.
The Pelican Cafe further along Argyle street near Kelvingrove museum.
The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum, When you need a sit down chippy.
and not forgetting
The Tigh an Truish our friendly local, food at weekends and often music.
The hotels below only allow dogs in rooms but do genuinely welcome them.
Tiroran House, country house hotel on Mull
Blythswood Square, smart hotel with spa, Glasgow.
Airds Hotel a Relais et Chateaux hotel in beautiful Port Appin
Text heavy today. But here's DogStarke enjoying her hols.
|enjoying Calgary beach on our trip to Mull|
*it was actually surprisingly comfy