Dog Friendly Holidays in The Cairngorms

April 27, 2022

If you are looking for a pet friendly holiday getaway in Scotland, look no further than The Cairngorms.

The Cairngorms has something to offer for everyone, with fantastic walks, family friendly attractions and a range of outdoor sports and activities. The best part? Your four-legged friends are welcome too. The cairngorms are one of Scotland’s most pet friendly destinations and here’s why:


dog looking out at view

Dog Friendly Accommodation In The Cairngorms  

Our very own Tom’s Lodge and Stags Hide are the perfect luxury and dog friendly holiday lodges for you and your furry friend. The properties boast stunning surroundings with gardens to give your dog free run. Both gardens are fully enclosed and gated therefore safe for your dog’s exclusive use.

With all the exciting new smells and surroundings, you can rest assured your dog will be stimulated from check in to check out. Muddy paws? Not to worry, we have an outdoor tap on both of our properties, perfect for rinsing off or cooling down after a mucky adventure!

Inside our stunning lodges, humans and pooches alike are sure to find a comfy spot to relax in after a long day exploring. Our dogs particularly love lying next to our cosy log burner after long walks. The lodges have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay in The Cairngorms and to make your luggage that little bit lighter, we also provide poo bags AND food/water bowls.

Check out our dog friendly lodges and book your next holiday here.


Dog Friendly Adventures In The Cairngorms

The Cairngorms have an extensive range of dog friendly walks and trails. There are also several walks that you can begin from the lodges with lots of local wildlife to look out for.

At Stag’s Hide, you can pick up the old military Burma trail covering 26 miles or wander along a farm track to Loch Alvie where your dog can take a little dip. At Tom’s lodge, you can leave the garden from the little wooden gate, straight into bush ground, where our dogs love sniffing out rabbits, then over the style or under the fence into woodland, where deer can be spotted, as well as grouse nesting.

Further afield, you can venture out on a variety of forest walks, climb hills with breath-taking views and visit stunning waterfalls and reserves out with the lodge surroundings. Check out some more top-rated walks in The Cairngorms National Park.

Your four-legged friends will love sniffing out the local wildlife, running through the forest nature trails and cooling off in the surrounding lochs. There really is no better place to take your dog in Scotland!


Dog Friendly Restaurants & Pubs In Aviemore

After spending the day exploring The Cairngorms, you can sit back and relax in one of many eateries Aviemore has to offer. Aviemore and the rest of The Cairngorms offers a variety of dog friendly pubs, restaurants, and shops.

Check out some of our top dog friendly recommendations:

A plate of steak and chips with salad, vegetables and gravy

Rowan Tree Country Hotel & Restaurant

The Rowan Tree hotel is close to the stunning Loch Alvie. They offer a fabulous food and drink menu to enjoy. Dogs are welcome in the bar area where you can also have your evening meal.

A plate of steak and chips with salad, vegetables and gravy

The Old Bridge Inn

The Old Bridge Inn offers everything from food, drink, and live music. Enjoy a hearty meal in a rustic and cosy restaurant in the heart of beautiful Aviemore. Dogs are welcome in the lounge where you will also find a wood burning stove.  

A plate of fish and chips with tartar sauce

The Boat Country Inn & Restaurant

The Boat offers a brilliant range of breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus perfect for the full family. They also offer an extensive wine list, ideal for enjoying while relaxing in your stunning surroundings.


Do you have any more recommendations? We would love to hear them in the comments below!

With so much to do and see, The Cairngorms is the perfect destination for your next dog friendly holiday in Scotland. Our luxury lodges are comfortable and well equipped for both you and your dog. The local surroundings offer adventure walks for all the family and end the day relaxing with a fabulous hearty meal in one of our recommended dog friendly restaurants/bars.

We can’t wait to meet you and your furry friend – book now!