We asked the public to nominate their favourite pet-friendly self-catering property on EmbraceScotland for our Paws for a Break Award 2016/17 and we are delighted to announce our 6 finalists! These self-catering holiday properties go the extra mile to make sure that pets and their owners are made welcome, with all the facilities and services you need for a comfortable, pet-friendly holiday in Scotland. Here is some more information about the finalists and why they were nominated.
Ardtornish Estate Cottages & Apartments, Ardnamurchan
Located on the shores of Lochaline on Scotland’s west coast, Ardtornish Estate offers a range of self-catering options from stone built cottages to Victorian apartments in Ardtornish House. Guests and four-legged friends can explore the estate and its gardens, with 20 miles of coastline, woodlands and lochs with golden sandy beaches, as well as many dog-friendly places to visit nearby.
You said: “Great location for country walks, on the loch side for dogs that like swimming, a sporting estate so dogs very welcome, slate floors, a log burner, a good drying room so damp dogs and wet walking gear do not cause a problem… And let’s not forget the beautiful countryside”.
Cologin Country Chalets, Oban
Cologin Country Chalets are family-run self-catering lodges in the picturesque Lerags Glen, 2.5 miles south of the seaside town of Oban. These comfortable and practical lodges offer a relaxed pace of life in a lovely location with rural views – and a country pet-friendly pub on site. There is a large fenced garden, and a big porch for towelling off muddy coats and wiping paws.
You said: “17,000 acres for dog walking, lochs to swim in, ducks to chase, warm welcome from resident lab Benjie and Great Dane Alfie, plenty of other canine companions to go sniffing with and cosy comfortable chalets to come home to at night. There’s even an on-site kennels for pet-free day trips and, even better, an on-site award winning pub which also welcomes pets”.
Mains of Taymouth Estate, Kenmore
Mains of Taymouth offers 4 and 5 star award-winning luxury cottages, houses, apartments and villas on this 120 acre estate in Kenmore, Highland Perthshire. Tucked into the edge of Loch Tay, Mains of Taymouth is an idyllic spot for some rest and relaxation with your furry companion. Dogs are also in the restaurant area and four-legged visitors are given a welcome bag with a map of walks, doggie bags and a doggie biscuit.
You said: “The accommodation is brilliant set in beautiful surroundings. So very dog friendly; our spaniel was welcomed in the courtyard and was even allowed to join us on the golf course! The walks around the area are amazing”.
Mansefield House, Arrochar
Situated 2 miles from Loch Lomond overlooking Loch Long and the Arrochar Alps, Mansefield House offers 4 star self-catering accommodation for up to 12 in a large, comfortable Victorian house. The owner provides a pet welcome pack, including a collar tag with details of Mansefield House, dog walks on the doorstop and local pet-friendly pubs and restaurants.
You said: “I’ve stayed here many times and it’s a brilliant house in a very beautifully situated location. The house is a great balance of being both a stunning space to stay in, but it is also very relaxed and pet friendly with every details thought of for your pet – including a collar tag with the properties address. It has a brilliant choice of so many great walks on it’s doorstep and a friendly, knowledgeable host who has pets herself. Would get my vote any time!”.
Perkhill Holiday Cottages, Lumphanan
Perkhill Holiday Cottages are situated on a family farm in the heart of historic Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, offering a quality rural self-catering experience. The cottages are all dog-friendly with fenced gardens, dog towels and information on walks both on the farm and in Royal Deeside.
You said: “The warm welcome at Perkhill extends to all who arrive including our four legged friends. The cottages are so luxurious but really easy to feel comfortable in without worrying the dogs are ‘allowed’ but not thought of. They adore the under floor heating! There’s great info about walks and you have Deeside, the coast, forests and the Cairngorms all within easy reach. There’s plenty of maps and info in the cottages too”.
The Steadings, Auchteralyth
The Steadings are four luxury self-catering cottages on the edge of Glen Isla in rural Perthshire welcoming dogs and their well-behaved owners. Enjoy stunning views and a peaceful setting for a pet-friendly holiday, with lots of lovely walks nearby, including the Cateran Trail, which has sections that are suitable for a single day’s walk. Bowls, towels, doggie bags and even organic dog shampoo are provided, as well as information on local walks and dog-friendly places to eat etc.
You said: “Such a fantastic place, it’s very difficult to find somewhere to stay when you have multiple dogs. The most beautiful and peaceful setting, modern and first class accommodation with everything you could need for a self catering stay including dishwasher, coffee maker, all essential condiments. Lovely touches such as the welcoming plaque on the cottage door with your dogs’ names on it and a basket of eggs from the Black Rock hens. Wifi, IPOD dock, satellite TV, so many beautiful walks with instructions on how to access them and the host Anne was so welcoming and made you feel right at home. A place I would definitely visit again”.
The winner will be chosen by our judging panel (Marc Crothall of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, Torty Cocks of Scottish Field, Angela Torrance of Freckles Designs and Ali Campbell, ASSC Marketing Executive) and announced shortly.
Thursday 2nd Feb 2017
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Sunday 29th Jan 2017
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Saturday 21st Jan 2017
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Friday 20th Jan 2017
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Thursday 8th Dec 2016
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Friday 2nd Dec 2016
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Sunday 13th Nov 2016
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Wednesday 26th Oct 2016
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Tuesday 25th Oct 2016
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