Pet-friendly Edinburgh

Our team know their stuff when it comes to all things whisky-related, but did you know that they also know a thing or two when it comes to getting out and exploring Edinburgh? Check out our other posts on where to go and what to do in this amazing little city (not all whisky themed!) If you’re here with a canine companion (or you’re just craving the company), have a read of Retail Manager Paula’s blog post below, for places to visit in Edinburgh that are dog-friendly.

“We all like to explore new places and share our adventures especially with our four-legged friends.

When going on holiday, though, pet owners can sometimes be limited by where their furry companions are welcome. Fortunately, Edinburgh is a great place for the whole family! Many of the pubs, cafes and hotels welcome pets – dogs are a common sight in quite a few bars.

Got a dog?

You can search ‘Dugs n Pubs’ on Facebook or Google for recommendations of dog-friendly pubs in Edinburgh, where you’ll find a fantastic, comprehensive list of where EXACTLY in Edinburgh, you can enjoy canine companionship – they even have links to services such as local vets, grooming or dog walking services, if needed. A few team favourites include:

Newington’s The Doghouse
Dalry’s Athletic Arms
The Auld Hoose just up from the Pleasance
The Golf Tavern at Bruntsfield – this pub even has a doggie menu!
Summerhall’s The Royal Dick
The Fountain opposite Fountain Park
The Stockbridge Tap, Stockbridge

And if you’re ever unsure or just up for some exploring, just look for the sign! According to the Dugs Welcome website (another great resource for finding dog friendly places to go in Edinburgh) their easy-to-spot sign means you can feel free to bring your pup into the establishment, and that the owners will not only tolerate your dog, but welcome it in, too.

Photo: Dugs ‘n’ Pubs

If you’re looking to take a holiday in Edinburgh with your dog, both TripAdvisor and have lists of the best pet-friendly accommodation in Edinburgh, ranging from budget hotels like the Budget Ibis in the city centre to high-end luxury on the Shore, at Hotel Malmaison.

No pets of your own?

For those visitors who do not have a pet but still miss the sound of little paws… do not despair! Edinburgh not only has a cat cafe (Maison de Moggy) on Grassmarket’s West Port, but also Scotland’s first Chihuahua Café, on Frederick Street!    

Just look at these gorgeous girls…

Where to walk dogs in Edinburgh

Whether or not you have a dog, there are lovely walks, both in the city and further afield where you’ll see and meet plenty of dogs and their humans out for a stroll. Cramond is only a bus ride from the city centre (41 via Lothian Buses) and dogs run can free on the beach and along the promenade.

A leafy ramble along the Water of Leith takes you from Balerno to Leith and you can join it anywhere along the route, exploring little gems like the Dean Bridge and St Bernard’s Well. Why not pick up some gourmet, home-baked dog biscuits at the Stockbridge Sunday market on the way or sample some craft ale at The Stockbridge Tap?

Whatever you choose to do, Edinburgh will welcome you with open arms – and wagging tails! 🐶

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