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Best dog-friendly pubs in Scotland

Stephane Lawes 16 May 2024

Scotland’s tapestry of breathtaking landscapes makes the country a haven for outdoor-loving humans and hounds. Whether you’re exploring the mountains and lochs of the Highlands, padding through the rugged outcrops of the Hebrides, or discovering historic cities bursting with culture, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring places to visit in Scotland

If you share the opinion that no adventure is complete without a well-deserved pint and bowl of water, then ears will prick up and tails shall wag at the fantastic range of dog-friendly pubs in Scotland. To help you plan Fido’s next adventure, we’ve gathered our favourite pooch-welcoming pubs to round off your Scottish walkies

To extend your day out, why not book a night in one of our dog-friendly cottages? With properties perfect for romantic weekends or large groups of friends and family, we’re confident that you’ll find the dream retreat in our collection.

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Dog-friendly pubs in Scotland FAQs

A small dog sits on a chair in a pub with a pizza on the table

We suggest checking if dogs are allowed on the premises. If they are, then it’s common courtesy to keep your dog on a leash, so they don’t disturb others.

Keep an eye on your dog and always clean up after them, whether it be a knocked-over glass or a messier accident. You know your dog best, so monitor their behaviour, make sure they’re relaxed and best of all, check to see if there are doggy treats kept behind the bar!

A dog-friendly pub welcomes both humans and hounds. Some pubs may only allow Fido in the bar area or outside. You’re likely to find bowls of water dotted around for deserving doggos, or even better, a jar of treats on the bar. Some pubs may even offer dog beds and blankets, keeping them as warm as the welcome they receive at the door.

No, Wetherspoons pubs do not welcome dogs. This is because these pubs often host families and children, and serve plenty of food, so they prioritise orderly and clean environments. 

Wetherspoon pubs do welcome assistance dogs but ask that they wear recognisable assistance leashes or collars.

Dog-friendly pubs in The Highlands

A region renowned for its dramatic mountains, cascading waterfalls and rocky islands, the Highlands offer endless opportunities for nature-immersed walkies with Fido. Dotted around this remote region are plenty of historic and charming pubs that will welcome guests with both two legs and four.

The Moulin Inn, Pitlochry

The Moulin Inn in Scotland; the pub’s exterior, the cosy interior and the surrounding hills
Photo credit: The Moulin Inn (top and bottom right)

Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, on the fringes of the Cairngorms National Park, The Moulin Inn is no doubt one of the best dog-friendly pubs in Scotland for walkers and adventure enthusiasts. 

Surrounded by mountains and rivers, this poochy pub is set in prime hiking territory, so walkers and woofers will love the award-winning welcome that awaits. With a long list of accolades, The Moulin’s cosy interior of open fireplaces and stone walls offers a wonderful environment to enjoy classic Scottish fare

Beyond the wide range of popular beers from the on-site Moulin Brewery, the pub offers a generous selection of starters such as haggis nachos or salt and pepper calamari. For something more substantial, enjoy the choice of burgers and pub classics, or for a lighter bite, see their salads and sandwiches menu – not forgetting a little treat for Fido!

Good to know

  • Why not try? North Sea fish and chips with mushy peas
  • Address: 11-13 Kirkmichael Road, Moulin, Pitlochry, PH16 5EW
  • Stay nearby: 4 Viewbank Gardens | sleeps 3 + 2 dogs

The Stein Inn, Isle of Skye

The Stein Inn on the Isle of Skye; the town’s harbour, a man walking on the beach and the pub’s exterior
Photo credit: The Stein Inn (bottom right)

If you’re island hopping in the Hebrides and in search of Scottish pubs that are dog friendly, look no further than The Stein Inn – the oldest pub on the Isle of Skye. Looking out across Loch Bay, this historic inn is not only family-run and award-winning but will welcome your pooch with open arms. 

Whether you choose to sit inside, surrounded by stone walls and crackling wood burners, or out in the sun-soaked beer garden, both humans and hounds will not forget their time at this most glorious of dog-friendly pubs in Scotland. 

To drink, enjoy a wide choice of beers, wines and classic Scottish whiskies, and don’t forget to pop a water bowl down for your deserving doggo! To eat, the Stein’s menu celebrates local producers from across the Isle of Skye. Tuck into small dishes like fish chowder, larger plates like Skye beer-battered haddock, or take a glance at their daily specials board.

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  • Why not try? Wild local venison haunch steak
  • Address: Macleods Terrace, Stein, IV55 8GA
  • Stay nearby: Waternish | sleeps 5 + 1 dog

The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle

The Forth Inn in Scotland; the surrounding national park, and the pub’s cosy interior
Photo credit: The Forth Inn (bottom left and right)

Perched on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park in the Highlands, The Forth Inn beckons weary walkers and their woofers after days of scenic hiking. Twice winners of Scotland’s Dog-friendly Pub of the Year Award and known for its award-winning range of Scottish cask ales, this inn is a must-visit if you're on the hunt for dog-friendly pubs in Scotland. 

Fairy lights adorn the ceiling, adding a quaint touch to the pub, while stone walls and flagstone floors will charm you on arrival. Outside, admire the tree-lined hills that surround you and enjoy the fantastic selection of drinks on offer as you relax with Fido resting at your feet. 

From the menu, enjoy lighter dishes like the soup of the day or Scottish smoked salmon, or share a platter of cheese and meat for two. Tuck into rewarding main courses like steak and ale pie or beer-battered haddock and chips, and don’t forget to save space for one of their delicious desserts.

Good to know

  • Why not try? Haggis burger topped with onion marmalade
  • Address: Main Street, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 3UQ
  • Stay nearby: Castle Lodge | sleeps 5 + 2 dogs

The Taybank, Perthshire

The Taybank pub in Perthshire; the pub’s exterior surrounded by trees, the chic bar and one of their screening evenings
Photo credit: The Taybank (all images)

If you’re looking for peaceful, dog-friendly pubs in Scotland, then we’ll go out on a limb here and say that The Taybank is one of the country’s best. Set in beautiful Perthshire and surrounded by deep woodland and the fast-flowing River Tay, an afternoon spent with Fido here is simply delightful. 

If the sun is shining, grab a table outside in the beer garden – one of Scotland’s largest. Set under a canopy and adorned with fairy lights, this is the best spot to enjoy the Taybank’s unique scenery and impressive menu. 

Explore the seasonal, lunchtime offerings of vibrant Scottish dishes, or in the evening, tuck into their homegrown dinners. If the food and carefully chosen wines aren’t enough, then check out the pub’s calendar of events; with live music, movie screenings and quizzes filling the weekly schedule.

Good to know

  • Why not try? Pork loin and belly with caramelised chicory
  • Address: Tay Terrace, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0AQ
  • Stay nearby: Drummond House | sleeps 9 + 2 dogs

The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore

The Old Bridge pub in Scotland; a lady and her dog look over the local landscape, and images of the pub’s chic interior
Photo credit: The Old Bridge Inn (bottom left and right)

Set in Cairngorms National Park, The Old Bridge Inn is a favourite amongst nature-loving humans and hounds looking for a post-hike tipple and doggy treat. One of the best dog-friendly pubs in Scotland thanks to its tranquil, verdant location, a visit to this cottage-turned-inn is sure to impress. 

If you’re stopping for a drink, choose from local cask ales and over 100 malt whiskies before heading outside to unwind with Fido at your feet and the sound of the River Spey flowing by. 

To eat, find a table in the candle-lit dining room and enjoy a wide choice of starters, main courses and sweet dishes from around the world. Tuck into Korean-spiced prawn tacos, falafel salad wraps, towering burgers, charcuterie boards for two, and plenty more.

Good to know

  • Why not try? The Old Bridge Inn beef burger
  • Address: 23 Dalfaber Road, Aviemore, PH22 1PU
  • Stay nearby: Wood Haus | sleeps 6 + 1 dog

Dog-friendly pubs in the Central Lowlands

Stretching from the west coast, through Glasglow and Edinburgh, and across to the country’s east coast, the Central Lowlands are Scotland’s most populated area. To us, that means one thing – more people, more pubs! Below are some of our favourite pooch-friendly venues.

The Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh

The Sheep Heid Inn in Edinburgh; the cobbled city streets, the pub’s interior, and beer garden
Photo credit: The Sheep Heid Inn (bottom left and right)

If you’re looking for dog-friendly pubs in Edinburgh, then you’ll be pleased to hear that of all the cities in the UK, none have more pubs per square mile than Scotland’s capital, and The Sheep Heid Inn is no doubt towards the top of that list. 

One of the oldest pubs in the country, this pooch-welcoming inn celebrates Scottish cuisine and is set away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s streets. Inside, exposed wooden beams and stylish furnishings add to the pub’s character, while a chic beer garden invites you outside to bask in the Scottish sun – make the most of it whilst it’s out! 

Inspired by the seasons, the menu offers a modern spin on hearty Scottish recipes, using locally sourced ingredients that are prepared by expert chefs. Serving dishes from brunch through to dinner, with a range of special events also, humans and hounds shan’t forget their time here.

Good to know

  • Why not try? King prawn, crab and chorizo linguine
  • Address: 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, EH15 3QA
  • Stay nearby: The Cooperage | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

The Stables, Glasgow

The Stables pub in Glasgow; the city skyline, the pub’s dining room and the exterior on a snowy day
Photo credit: The Stables (bottom left and right)

Surrounded by rolling hills in the quiet town of Kirkintilloch, just outside of Glasgow, The Stables once served watermen travelling to the city along the Forth and Clyde Canal, which makes for wonderful walkies after lunch. Today, it’s regarded as one of the best dog-friendly pubs in Glasgow. 

Retreat to the warmth of the crackling wood burner inside, or marvel at the countryside and canal views from the expansive terrace outside – Fido will love the new sights and smells of this charming location. 

Quench your thirst with a golden pint of cask ale, and enjoy the wide choice of seasonal, hearty dishes from the sustainable menu. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, don’t ignore the delicious roast menu where meats from across the country combine with garlic and herb potatoes.

Good to know

  • Why not try? Smoked haddock and spinach fishcakes
  • Address: Glasgow Bridge, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, G66 1RH
  • Stay nearby: Park Lane Glasgow Harbour | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

The Ship Inn, Elie

The Ship Inn in Elie; punters watch a cricket match on the beach, the pub’s exterior across the water, and the view from inside
Photo credit: The Ship Inn (all images)

Set in the calm, coastal town of Elie that overlooks the North Sea, the dog-friendly Ship Inn perches on the edge of Elie Beach – one of the many delightful beaches across Scotland. With the shoreline’s golden sand at your feet, spend a wonderful afternoon with Fido here, who will be wagging his tail with eagerness to dive into the whitewash ahead. 

A perfect endpoint to a coastal walk with your cherished canine, this waterside pub boasts its own cricket team that plays on the beach, which makes for great entertainment as you tuck into their menu that celebrates local suppliers.

Good to know

  • Why not try? Black Isle rib eye steak frites
  • Address: The Toft, Elie, Fife, KY9 1DT
  • Stay nearby: The Garden House | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

The Old Clubhouse, Gullane

The Old Clubhouse in Scotland; a lady and her dog look over the water, the pub’s exterior and an aerial photo of the town
Photo credit: The Old Clubhouse (bottom left)

It’s easy to forget that you’re just 20 miles from Edinburgh when you visit this charming, coastal pub in the seaside town of Gullane. A paradise for dog walkers and nature enthusiasts, The Old Clubhouse is one of our favourite dog-friendly pubs in Scotland thanks to its period atmosphere and tranquil surroundings. 

Enjoy the countryside and coastal views from the pub’s outside seating area, or head to the warm embrace of its traditional, cosy interior to explore the selection of seasonal specialities on offer. Smaller dishes include truffle wild mushrooms, and venison bon bons, while the bigger plates menu boasts orange and chilli glazed salmon steaks, and a popular jerk chicken shawarma.

Good to know

  • Why not try? Karrage chicken burger with Asian slaw
  • Address: East Links Road, Gullane, EH31 2AF
  • Stay nearby: Dunesk Lodge | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Dog-friendly pubs in the Southern Uplands

Separating Scotland from England, the Southern Uplands region is popular for its less rugged, but more rolling countryside of hills, sweeping moorland and rich valleys. With plenty of traditional towns and villages scattered across the area, it’s easy to discover a warm and welcoming, dog-friendly pub.

The Globe Inn, Dumfries

The Globe Inn in Dumfries, Scotland. The town’s flowing river and bridge, the pub’s entrance, and a cheese board
Photo credit: The Globe Inn (bottom left and right)

Found in the narrow side streets of Dumfries’ town centre, The Globe Inn offers an interesting pause during a day out with Fido discovering the region’s history and cultural scene. Serving local ales and award-winning whiskies since the 17th century, this dog-friendly pub has a rich history – one that you can feel as you step inside. 

Fido is welcome to join you in the Snug area of the pub, which is historic in itself. Here, enjoy the traditional surroundings as you choose from a wide range of beers, ciders, wines and of course, whiskies. 

Lovers of history will be excited to learn that this was a popular drinking spot for Scotland’s famed poet, Robert Burns, whose life is celebrated every year on Burns Night.

Good to know

  • Why not try? Confit chicken with asparagus and wild garlic
  • Address: 56 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JA
  • Stay nearby: Kirklands | sleeps 4 + 3 dogs

The Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells

The Buccleuch Arms in Scotland; the pub’s charming beer garden, chic bar and traditional dining room
Photo credit: The Buccleuch Arms (all images)

St Boswells near the Scottish Borders is a haven for walking thanks to the River Tweed that rushes by and the gentle countryside that surrounds the village. Whether you’re just starting your walk or returning with a few miles under your belt, The Buccleuch Arms will welcome you and your outdoor-loving pooch. 

Walk in to find a refurbished interior that holds on to its traditional charm, made even cosier by the crackling wood burners dotted around. Once Fido has curled up at your feet, you can explore the food and drinks on offer that have earned this pub the Scottish Inn of the Year Award on four occasions.

Good to know

  • Why not try? Squash, beetroot and rocket gnocchi
  • Address: The Green, St. Boswells, Melrose, TD6 OEW
  • Stay nearby: Belses Mill | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

The Horseshoe Inn, Eddleston

The Horseshoe Inn in Scotland; a man walking his dog in the surrounding countryside, the pub’s exterior and an Aberdeen Angus steak
Photo credit: The Horseshoe Inn (bottom right)

If you’re on the hunt for dog-friendly pubs in Scotland that offer plenty of historic charm and opportunities for walking nearby, then you’ll be pleased to discover the family-run, Horseshoe Inn. Welcoming visitors and their furry chums, this cosy country pub is the perfect endpoint after a day of hiking the hills or paddling the local waterways. 

On entry, you may forget that you’re just half an hour from Edinburgh – the flagstone flooring, roaring wood burners and traditional windows framing rural views make it easy to unwind. If you’re visiting for lunch, enjoy traditional meals like Aberdeen Angus steak burgers, or Borders lamb and apricot casserole. 

For dinner, browse the Horseshoe’s impressive steak menu, where 35-day-matured sirloins and fillets invite hungry diners, who may even let Fido have a nibble!

Good to know

  • Why not try? Scottish wholetail scampi with homemade tartare sauce
  • Address: 1862 A703, Eddleston, Peebles, EH45 8QP
  • Stay nearby: The Castles Cottage | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

The Bridge Inn, Peebles

The Bridge Inn in Scotland; the surrounding countryside and hills, the town’s river, and a flight of malt whiskies
Photo credit: The Bridge Inn (bottom left and right)

The Borders town of Peebles is a true delight, where the fast-flowing River Tweed passes under ancient bridges and the enveloping hills invite days of adventure. Nestled in the heart of this characterful town is The Bridge Inn – the 2017 CAMRA Pub of the Year winner for Scotland and Ireland. 

If this impressive accolade doesn’t speak for itself, then the pub’s peaceful surroundings, live entertainment and award-winning beer certainly do. With your pooch on the leash, step inside this warming pub and be ready for an afternoon or evening of Scottish charm.

Enjoy the wide choice of local cask ales and malt whiskies on offer and take a nosey at the inn’s vibrant entertainment schedule, with dominoes tournaments, live music sessions and even French classes on offer each week.

Good to know

  • Why not try? A golden pint from their award-winning range of drinks
  • Address: 72 Port Brae, Peebles, EH45 8AW
  • Stay nearby: The Old Larder | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Map of dog-friendly pubs in Scotland

To help you and Fido find the best dog-friendly pubs in Scotland, explore our map below.

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Dog-friendly cottages in Scotland

After an afternoon in a sun-drenched beer garden or a cosy evening beside a glowing fire, why not enhance your time away with an amble back to one of our dog-friendly cottages nearby? 

Click the link below to discover our wide range of properties that invite solo travellers, romantic weekends, and large celebrations with friends and family.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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