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Dog-friendly places to stay in Scotland and The North

From the the staggering sights of the Highlands to the epic landscape of the Lake District, the hiking routes in Scotland and the north of England are breath-taking. Quite literally sometimes!  Our collection of cottages, cabins and bothies is full of perfect places to plan your adventures with your dog in the morning, and crash out in at the end of the day. 

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About Paws & Stay dog-friendly holidays in Scotland and The North

Where did Paws & Stay come from?

Paws & Stay came from frustration, which sounds like a bad start but can lead to great things. The team that created Sawday’s and Canopy & Stars, specialists in amazing places to stay, noticed that dog-friendly meant very different things to different people. They decided to seek out the people who ran dog-friendly cottages in the UK with an ear scratching, belly rubbing passion, while still making sure they were pretty great for humans to stay in as well.

What makes a place right for Paws & Stay

We look for dogs to be provided for in a way that shows the owner has really thought it through. Enclosed garden space for exercise is extremely important, while somewhere for the dog to sleep and a setting that gives plenty of scope for walks are a few of our checkpoints. What really wins us over are the little things - treat jars, toys and even welcome letters and doggy beer have all been excitedly reported by our inspectors.

How do we know each place is good enough?

Because we’ve been there. We’ve taken in the views (the humans that is), snuffled in the garden (the dogs) and talked to the owner (both, but with varying levels of understanding). So we know a holiday cottage in Cumbria is dog friendly because we’ve gone to check and come back with tongues and tails wagging.

Where will I find Paws & Stay places?

Well, there are plenty of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Scotland and the north of England of course, but we’ve fetched a few from Devon and Cornwall to Ceredigion and Sussex. It’s a small collection at the moment, because we’re looking for the places that really understand what makes a dog-friendly holiday great. We’ll be adding more soon, wherever we can sniff them out.

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