The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels to Book in Scotland, UK

The Kimpton Blythswood Square is Glasgow’s most prestigious hotel
The Kimpton Blythswood Square is Glasgow’s most prestigious hotel | Courtesy of Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow / Expedia
Siobhan Warwicker

Which travel buddy is guaranteed to be up for adventures, offers solid and loyal friendship, and loves to chill at the end of an action-packed day? Your pet, of course. Dogs (and sometimes cats) can come along for the fun at this pedigree breed of hotels in Scotland, where your pet will be welcomed as an important guest. These are the best pet-friendly hotels in Scotland where wagging tails are welcomed.

1. Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Glasgow

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Spacious and traditionally decorated room interior at Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Glasgow, with a large double bed and sitting area
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Your furry travel friend will bound up the steps of this regal Victorian terrace, in Glasgow’s fashionable West End. There’s plenty of space to stretch out in the rooms, which come with a blanket and bowl for dogs, four-poster or oversized sleigh bed for humans. Well-behaved dogs are allowed to be left alone in the room, should you want to leave them snoozing while you make the most of the cigar shack and whisky room.

2. Malmaison Glasgow

Hotel

Room interior at Malmaison Glasgow, with a purple carpet and grey-colour wallpaper, and double bed
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Hotel design takes a twist at the Malmaison, where the doors of a Greek Orthodox church open up into the double height reception and wrought-iron staircase within. Dogs over one year old are welcomed in designated rooms for £20 per night. Located just off Blythswood Square, between Glasgow Central train station and popular Sauchiehall Street, it’s a great location for a stroll, and plenty of dog-friendly pubs are nearby.

3. Motel One Glasgow

Hotel

Modern room interior at Motel One Glasgow, with a large double bed and city views from the window
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Dogs (and cats) can join you at this contemporary bolthole, beside Glasgow Central Station, designed with touches of Scottish railway glamour and artwork from graduates of the Glasgow School of Art. It’s perennially popular, thanks to affordable prices and sheer number of rooms (going on 400). The extra cost for your pet is £5 per pet per night – and no worries if you’ve got a yapper, as all the rooms here are soundproof.

4. Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Modern and spacious room interior at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow, with a sitting area, fireplace and large double bed
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Having relaunched in 2019 with a pet-friendly policy, Glasgow’s most prestigious hotel now greets pets by name and offers them their own concierge, with recommendations for pet-friendly restaurants, groomers and parks. Four-legged guests could easily get used to the high life plush pet-bed loaners, food, water bowls and mats for them in the room. For the humans, there are yoga mats, should you be inspired to stretch out in a downward dog pose.

5. Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile

Hotel

Traditional stone-built exterior of Aparthotel Adagio Edinburgh Royal Mile
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A cross between a hotel and an Airbnb, inside this grand building on Edinburgh’s most famous street are 146 furnished apartments, where pets can join the fun for £13 per night. Bright and modern inside, each apartment comes with a kitchenette, so you can stash pet food in the fridge and rinse bowls in the sink. The Adagio is at the forefront of redevelopment in the Waverley area, so more cafés and restaurants will keep popping up.

6. Golf View Hotel & Spa, Nairn

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Indoor swimming pool at Golf View Hotel & Spa, Nairn, with glass windows and views to gardens and water
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While they can’t join you in the hotel’s open-air hot tub overlooking the Moray Firth, dogs will enjoy a splash in the sea, as they can be let off the leash on the beach, accessed directly from the hotel’s grounds. The hotel charges £12 per night for canine companions and, aside from food areas, they’re allowed in communal spaces too. The Highland seaside resort of Nairn has plenty of pet-friendly places to eat and drink.

7. Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Stirlingshire

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Exterior of Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa, Stirling, viewed from its grounds
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Adventure calls in the Trossachs National Park, where mountains, forest trails and lochs beckon both humans and canines to explore. This beautiful white country-house hotel, a 90-minute drive from Edinburgh, is set in gardens and woodland sloping down to Loch Ard. There are certain doggy rules, such as no access to the bedroom areas of the apartments and the requirement of a vaccination certificate, but at certain times of year there’s no extra charge.

8. Portavadie, Argyll

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Hot tub and exterior pool at Portavadie, Argyll, with views of the water and surrounding countryside
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On the east shore of Loch Fyne, this marina resort has made a name for itself with its £10m spa and leisure complex, which has views across the water to the hills of Kintyre. Dogs can stay in studio apartments, cottages or the Tighnamara, a secluded eco-retreat with a wood-burning stove. The supplement of £20 per dog per stay includes a towel, dog bowl and treat. With the beach practically on your doorstep, you’re bound to have one happy pup.

9. Cheval Old Town Chambers, Edinburgh

Serviced Apartment, Apartment

Modern and spacious suite interior at Old Town Chambers, Edinburgh, with a large green corner sofa, a desk, full kitchen and dining area
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Each of the 50 serviced dwellings in Edinburgh’s Old Town have their own personality, from the 15th-century townhouse with two standalone baths, to the modern penthouse with an L-shaped sofa and a spectacular view. Every one of them welcomes pets, for as little as £50 extra when you stay for less than a week. It’s not just dogs; Chambers guests have included cats, birds and even rabbits. Staff provide a pet welcome kit of bed, blanket, bowl, toy and treats.

10. Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries and Galloway

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Simple room interior at Trigony House Hotel, Scotland, with wood furnishings
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It’s not just humans who’ll feel pampered at this rural idyll; dogs, too, are VIPs. A doggy welcome box includes a directory on the best local walks and gourmet treats, plus the hotel will lend you pup paraphernalia, stand in as dog-sitters on request and treat your dog to a sausage for breakfast (if they’re allowed). They even offer canine Reiki therapy, said to help with healing, reduce stress and strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

Headed to Inverness? Book into one of the best pet-friendly hotels in the city, or read more about the top pet-friendly destinations in the UK. For a more independent stay, check out the best apartments in Scotland or find out where to stay across the country, bookable with Culture Trip.

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