The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels to Book in Inverness

Enjoy walks along the River Ness with your furry friend at Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa
Enjoy walks along the River Ness with your furry friend at Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa | Courtesy of Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel and Spa / Expedia
Nicholas Grantham

Frequently touted as one of the fastest-growing cities in Scotland, Inverness is best known for its charming city centre, rich heritage and proximity to the scenic Scottish Highlands – including Loch Ness. With so many things to see and do and a landscape teeming with wildlife, it’s the perfect place to visit with your four-legged friend. Here are the top hotels waiting to welcome you and your furry companion.

1. Glen Mhor Hotel

Budget Hotel, Hotel, Apartment

Stylish bedroom in brown and tan at Glen Mhor Hotel, with wide striped wallpaper, striped curtains, leather armchairs and foliage views
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With a mix of holiday apartments and hotel rooms on offer, Glen Mhor is sure to have something to suit your stay. The hotel itself is found just a short walk along the water’s edge of the serene River Ness and gives guests a bright, open environment for them and their pets to truly relax in. If you’re looking for a more private stay at the hotel, consider renting the amazing River View House, a fully furnished holiday home ideal for big family groups with their pet pals.

2. Craigmonie

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel

A spacious bedroom at Craigmonie Hotel Inverness by Compass Hospitality, with a large bed, rustic wood furniture, tan carpet and sofa
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Built nearly 150 years ago, Craigmonie today is the perfect picture of Highland hospitality. Found just a short walk out of the centre of Inverness and in a peaceful residential area, Craigmonie has a traditional sensibility in its decor and atmosphere, while still offering guests the modern experience that they expect, such as free wi-fi, en-suite bathrooms and luxury complimentary toiletries. The hotel charges a very reasonable fee of £5 extra per pet, but be sure to let the front desk know before your arrival.

3. Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa

Budget Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel

An indoor pool at Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa
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Found along a wooded part of the picturesque River Ness, the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is a firm favourite of guests visiting the city. Offering a great all-round experience, the Palace provides guests with the same great service and comfortable rooms that have earned Best Western its sterling reputation. With a choice of rooms, suites or holiday apartments, this pet-friendly hotel in Inverness is sure to have something to suit your stay. Just outside, you can take a great walk along the city’s central river; it makes for a pleasant evening stroll with your canine companion.

4. Kingsmills Hotel

Budget Hotel, Hotel

A cosy king room in tan and burgundy tones with velvet couch and armchair and light brown carpet at Kingsmills Hotel Inverness
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A luxury hotel on the outskirts of the city, Kingsmills offers a true highland experience for both its guests and its pooches. Set amid a beautiful backdrop of pristine gardens, this 4-star hotel has a collection of exceptionally designed rooms, filled with creature comforts for you and your creature, such as soft cotton sheets, free wi-fi and a flat-screen TV. For an authentic Highland stay, be sure to stop by Kingsmills’ in-house bar, supposedly the best-stocked drinkery in the city.

5. Black Isle Bar & Rooms

Hostel, Budget Hotel

A simple bedroom with a pale wood bunk bed with large bed on bottom, abstract wall art and tan carpet at Black Isle Bar and Rooms
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One of the leading taprooms in the city, the Black Isle Bar prides itself on its top-quality beers, food and board. First opened as a place for guests to enjoy their expertly brewed beers, Black Isle has since gone on to open its own bar rooms and, in 2018, the Black Isle Hostel, a great option for large groups looking for an easy choice in the city. The 14 simple but sizeable private rooms are perfect for a getaway, and the dog-loving owners offer a pet-friendly stay for just a £10 charge.

6. Beaufort Hotel

Budget Hotel, Boutique Hotel

A bedroom in neutral hues with leather couch, dark-grey headboard, wood desk and tan carpet at Beaufort Hotel
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Based in central Inverness, the Beaufort Hotel is an excellent option for guests wanting to spend as much time exploring the city as possible. With its close proximity to some of the city’s best-known attractions, including the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, and to the buzzing city centre, the Beaufort makes an excellent starting point for your time in Inverness. The hotel has a number of useful services to make your stay as relaxing as possible, including room service, complimentary in-room breakfast and daily housekeeping.

7. Bunchrew House Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Traditional bedroom with dark wood furniture, salmon-hued carpet, antique windows and cane chair at Bunchrew House Hotel
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Set in the beautiful countryside, Bunchrew House Hotel is the perfect location for exploring the surrounding Highlands. Formerly a country house with a history dating back to the 17th century, Bunchrew has been welcoming guests as a hotel for the last 30 years. Inside the traditional setting, you’ll find each of the individually named rooms to be a true home away from home, with personal touches such as fresh milk delivered daily to your room. The local landscape is teeming with wildlife and natural beauty, which makes it a great place for your puppy pals to explore.

8. Blackfriars

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Budget Hotel

An eclectic bedroom with two joined twin beds, patterned wallpaper, red patterned window shades and ecru carpet at Blackfriars
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A recently refurbished hotel, restaurant and bar in the city centre, Blackfriars makes for excellent pet-friendly accommodation in Inverness. This hotel wants each of its rooms to tell a story, and so they are named after famous chapters in the city’s local history. With room for up to three dogs or cats for an extra £20 on your reservation, you can make sure no furry friend will be left behind during your time in Inverness.

9. Penta Hotel

Budget Hotel

A stylish bedroom with king bed, mural of Inverness map on wall, red curtains, dark carpet, desk and mounted TV at Pentahotel Inverness
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Just a short walk from Inverness train station, Penta Hotel offers a fresh take on the hotel concept. With 90 carefully crafted rooms built around its central Pentalounge, Penta Inverness looks to offer guests a fun, easy and relaxing stay during their time in the city. The Pentalounge itself is designed to fit every guest’s needs, with a bar and restaurant serving a delicious range of food and drink, game tables and consoles for when you’re wanting to take a break, and workspace for those visiting the city for business reasons. Pets are welcomed at a small extra cost on the reservation, with space enough in each room for a comfortable stay with your canine or cat.

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