Dog friendly tourist attractions in Edinburgh


Having a dog is a big responsibility, not only in the day-to-day care a dog requires but also in the fact that they yearn for company and cannot be left on their own for long periods. This can make going on holiday, indeed, going away for a long weekend or even a day, problematic. Fortunately, there are plenty of dog-friendly tourist attractions in Edinburgh.


If you are planning to go away and want to travel with your dog, then your first place to start looking for dog-friendly accommodation is on the internet. It is always a good idea, once you have found accommodation that seems suitable, to read other travellers’ reviews. This should give you an insight into the adequacy of the provisions made available for those travelling with a dog, such as water bowls being put down in public spaces, free treats on counters and dog-sitting services.

Dog etiquette

Some hotels may insist on certain standards of etiquette with regard to the dogs that stay with them. For example, they will probably insist on any dog being house-trained and treated for pests before arrival to avoid infecting their premises, so you should get worming tablets for dogs, as well as flea treatments, and apply them at least a week in advance to get your pet ready for the holiday. The hotel may also insist on a dog being muzzled when in their public spaces to protect their other guests, even if yours is not a breed known to be dangerous or vicious.

Places to visit

Dogs need exercise, so you will need to plan to take your dog to open spaces during your time in Edinburgh. Cramond and Portobello beaches are ideal for dog walking but check for access restrictions for dogs in certain areas of the beaches. If you like art, then you can go with your dog to the Summerhall Arts Centre in Newington, which also has a bar and café, or you and your dog can get on a bus and take a tour of the city.

Dining out

You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to dog-friendly eateries in Edinburgh. The Tide Art Gallery & Coffee Shop is a great casual destination for both kids and dogs, and has the advantage of being on the beachfront, while The Holyrood 9A offers more dinner-oriented fare in the form of gourmet burgers and beers while providing treat food and drink for dogs. In regards to pubs, The Bow Bar is worth a visit for its wide selection of ales and malts and its dog-friendly attitude, while The Last Drop offers heritage, as it provided the last drink for prisoners who were to be hanged, as well as great pub grub and friendliness towards dogs.

Do not feel that your poor pooch has to be put into kennels when you go out and about in Edinburgh – there are plenty of places to visit that have a relaxed and downright friendly attitude towards dogs and welcome them as part of your family.

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