1 Fyne Ales

Achadunan Bungalow, Cairndow

SatNav: PA26 8B

Web: www.fyneales.com

Tel: 01499 600120

Take your four-legged friend on a tour of a brewery at family-owned Fyne Ales, at the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll.

Your dog can enjoy the full brewing experience, with dog beer and dog biscuits for sale, made from spent grain.

Once you’ve toured the brewery and learnt about the beers through a tutored tasting you could relax with a pint of one of your favourites while your dog enjoys some doggy beer.

And with Fyne Ales winning Beer Destination of the Year, Beer Event of the Year and Innovation of the Year at the Scottish Beer Awards in 2017 and 2018, you know you're in for a treat.

2 Drumlanrig Castle

Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway

SatNav: DG3 4AQ

Web: www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk

Tel: 01848 331555

Dogs are also welcome close at heel (due to resident wildlife – including red squirrels) at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate in Dumfries and Galloway where you and your four-legged companion can enjoy the beautiful Victorian gardens and woodland walks.

There are a range of walks on offer – some ranger-led – in the 90,000 acre estate, plus activities for children and salmon fishing. There are several way-marked trails, ranging from 2km to 5km that follow the original paths built during the Victorian era.

If you’re an Outlander fan, you can see where they filmed as Drumlanrig Castle was a filming location for Outlander Season 2.

3 Inveraray Jail

Church Square, Inveraray

Sat Nav: PA32 8TX

Web: www.inverarayjail.co.uk

Tel: 01499 302381

Take your four-legged friend along on a journey into the past at one of the best-preserved jail and courtroom complexes in the world.

Described by one travel blogger as an excellent dog-friendly attraction, Inveraray Jail shows you what life was like in a 19th century prison for those who were tried and jailed there – some as young as seven.

The tour includes the gruesome Torture, Death and Damnation exhibition, the old prison, the country courtroom and the new prison. Dogs are welcomed free of charge.

4 Ice Factor

Ice Factor National Ice Climbing Centre, Leven Road, Kinlochleven

SatNav:PH50 4SF

Web: www.ice-factor.co.uk

Tel: 01855 831 100

Dogs and well behaved owners are welcome in Ice Factor.

Dogs are allowed in the shop, café and bar but not in the climbing bays for their own safety and the safety of climbers.

The owners ask that your dog is kept on a lead and is not covered in mud during his or her visit.

As well as a regular climbing wall, the indoor ice climbing wall has no rival anywhere in the world – 500 tonnes of real snow and ice to a height of 12m, with grades from beginner to expert.

Outdoor courses are also available.

5 Sir Walter Scott Steamship

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, Callander

SatNav: FK17 8HZ

Web: www.lochkatrine.com/cruises/loch-cruises

Tel: 01877 376315

There are lots of of wonderful dog-friendly boat tours in Scotland that you and your four-legged friend can experience. Samantha Grant, blogger at Scotland with the Wee White Dug, recommended a trip aboard the Sir Walter Scott Steamship on Loch Katrine.

She said the cruise was "n hour well spent, we all loved it and at £13 an adult and £1 a dug it was great value too"

Loch Katrine has drawn tourists for generations, ever since Sir Walter Scott’s vivid descriptions inspired a generation of Victorian tourists to visit the loch to see the landscape for themselves.

The Famous Tour No1 began as early as 1859, this was a marathon day excursion by rail and steamship from Glasgow.

6 Hamilton & Inches jewellers

87 George Street, Edinburgh

SatNav: EH2 3EY

Web: www.hamiltonandinches.com

Tel: 0131 225 4898

The luxury jewellery house, with an iconic showroom in the heart of Edinburgh, welcomes all members of the family, including the four-legged ones.

Once a private residence, Hamilton & Inches’ showroom was developed into a retail space by renowned architect David Bryce in 1835, creating the pillared showroom that remains today.

Bryce retained many of the original features, including the Adam fireplace, making it an important testament to 19th century Scotland.

The jewellers has held a Royal Warrant as silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen for more than 120 years.

7 Griffen Fitness Ltd

3 Balfour Street, Edinburgh

SatNav: EH6 5BY

Web: www.griffenfitness.com

Tel: 07743 741 088

Griffen Fitness was established in 2005 and offers personal training to individuals and small groups.

The studio welcomes your furry friend into PT sessions and also offers workplace workouts, nutrition guides and a healthy living yearbook with seasonal recipes.

With 12 years of experience under her belt, personal trainer Tracy bought her own studio and designed it to feel like your own living room – no treadmills or machines.

Tracey also has her own fitness dog – Coco – who is on social media. Check twitter.com/Cocofitnesspug and www.facebook.com/Cocofitnesspug.

8 The Candy Rooms

1095 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow

SatNav: G41 3YG

Web: www.facebook.com/thecandyrooms

Tel: 07961 308885

The Candy Rooms in Glasgow is Scotland's first salon to offer grooming treatments for both humans and their furry friends.

Celeb stylist Johnny Palmer, 44, launched Scotland's first-ever salon that lets dog lovers enjoy five-star treatments alongside their pooches. It means there's no excuse for your dog looking ruff, as canines can get fussed over with scented perfumes such as Jimmy Chow, and lap up pet-friendly "pawsecco".

The salon includes a hair and nail salon, kids' parlour and luxury dog grooming area.

9 Harbour Lane Studio,

Harbour Lane, South Queensferry, Edinburgh

SatNav: EH30 9PT

Web: www.harbourlane.com

Tel: 0131 331 4090

Take your dog for a spot of culture in this studio gallery. Very large dogs might struggle as it's a small space but four legged friends are welcome if they are kept on a lead. A water bowl is provided for canine callers.

The studio is run by illustrator and printmaker Tori Gray who not only sells her work in the space but makes it there too. Everything in Harbour Lane has been made and designed by artists working in Scotland, either by hand or in small batches.

10 Bangour Hospital

Wester Dechmont, Dechmont

SatNav: EH52 6LL

Web: bangour.co.uk

This is an alternative “day out” and more for the explorers as it is a former asylum and was also used as a war hospital.

The hospital has been abandoned for a number of years but you are free to walk the grounds (but not inside the buildings) and it is used regularly by dog walkers. The derelict village is a fascinating place to explore.

The closed hospital was used as a filming location for the 2005 film The Jacket, starring Keira Knightley and Adrien Brody.

11 Dundee Museum of Transport

10 Market Mews, Market Street, Dundee

SatNav: DD1 3LA

Web: www.dmoft.co.uk

Tel: 01382 455196

The museum is centrally placed in Dundee with an expanding and varied collection.

Go along and learn about Dundee’s tram network, railway and marine history.

You and your mutt can get up close and personal with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and have a look at Dundee’s first flying machine.

On July 14, the museum is hosting an Emergency Vehicle Day when there will be a host of fire engines, police cars and ambulances.

12 Hermitage Castle

Newcastleton, Hawick

SatNav: TD9 0LU

Web: Go to the Historic Environment Scotland site

Tel: 01387 376222

Dogs are allowed both in the castle itself and around the wider site.

The medieval castle is a very impressive site, standing proud within the moorland – its turbulent history earned it the name of "the Guardhouse of the Bloodiest Valley in Britain".

Hermitage Castle was supposedly built by one Nicholas de Soulis around 1240, in a typical Norman Motte and Bailey pattern.

The castle became obsolete after the Union of the Crowns in 1603 and fell into disrepair, and by the turn of the eighteenth century it was a ruin.

It is run by Historic Environment Scotland and is open from April to the end of October.

13 John o’ Groats Ferries

John o' Groats, Wick

SatNav: KW1 4YR

Web: www.jogferry.co.uk

Tel: 01955 611353

Dogs can travel free of charge on John o’ Groats ferries and also are welcome on the coach tour over to Orkney.

So you and your four-legged friend can visit Skara Brae, Scapa Flow, Stromness, Kirkwall, Churchill Barriers, Ring of Brodgar, Standing Stones of Stenness and the Italian Chapel.

The ferry takes 40 minutes to cover the old sea route to Orkney across the famous Pentland Firth which links the Atlantic Ocean with the North Sea.

The firth is rich in marine wildlife and the many isolated islands provide secure breeding places for thousands of sea birds. Look out for seals and whales.

14 Scone Palace


SatNav: PH2 6BD

Web: www.scone-palace.co.uk

Tel: 01738 552300

Scone Palace has a large estate with beautiful gardens and woodland, perfect for dug walk and there's also a maze for you and your dog to get lost in.

Dogs are not allowed inside the Palace but you are free to walk your dog on a lead around all parts of the grounds (except the children’s playground).

The cafe has an outdoor seating area. The palace is open from April to October.

Read more articles in our dog-friendly Scotland series:


​Dog-friendly cafes


Dog-friendly pubs


Dog-friendly hotels