7 dog-friendly destinations in the UK and Ireland

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

We regard our furry friends as part of the family, so it never feels quite right leaving them at home when we go away on holiday. Fortunately, pet-friendly venues in the UK and Ireland have become increasingly popular in recent years as families take their dogs on their adventures with them! Here are 7 fab places to holiday in the UK and Ireland with your pooch:

Lake District

With plenty of walks both long and short and up and down to choose from, the Lake District is first on our list when taking the dog for a break. Not only this, but the Lake District is also home to many pup-friendly pubs. The Flying Pig, Bowness, is a traditional pub great for all the family, a wonderful place to relax after a long day of exploring! If you’re looking for a pet-friendly overnight stay, the Lodore Falls Hotel in Keswick can accommodate dogs in most of their bedrooms. They will also provide water bowls and dog beds to give your dog the luxurious stay they deserve.

Group of hikers and a dog climbing a mountain in the Lake District, Keswick

Get your hiking boots on and explore Keswick with your furry friend


Northumberland is the least densely populated ceremonial county in England, boasting stunning beaches and countryside for you and your pet to explore for hours and hours. Take them for a trip to Amble market on a Sunday to treat them to a brand-new cosy bed! Alternatively, venture across to Cresswell Beach to introduce your dog to the sea – they’ll either love it or scarper, there’s no in-between! After your exertions, settle down in the Drift Café with a hot beverage, content in the knowledge that your dog has expended all its energy battling the waves rather than the postman.

Ollie on the coastline near Bamburgh Castle

Ollie the red cocker spaniel loving life at Embleton Bay


You’ll not fall short of a dog-friendly venue in Hertfordshire. The Bricklayers Arms in Faunden, nominated four times for County Dining Pub of the Year, is the ultimate place for you and your pooch. This country pub offers contemporary European dining and a cosy atmosphere to snuggle up with your pawfect bud. Radwell Meadows in Baldock is an 8km stretch of flat fields and woodland, close to the small village of Norton, this walk is ideal for an easy stroll while your dog scours for scents.

Scottish Borders

From the Barony Castle Hotel to the Peebles Hydro, the Scottish Borders is full of dog-friendly hotels where you can stay for a night or two. This rural region is an awesome destination with its rolling hills and multitude of outdoor activities to take part in such as kayaking and paddle boarding at St Mary’s Loch. Head back to your accommodation for a wee dram to reward yourself for not falling in!


Walk your dog at low tide across to St Catherine’s Island and enjoy the view back across Tenby’s coast. Most pubs in Tenby are dog friendly, so you won’t need to search for miles to find a refreshing pint and a bowl of water. Firm favourites are the Hope and Anchor and The Cove – which hosts live music and cocktail making classes! The Little Red Rooster Rest is a great place to stop over in Tenby to ensure your dog feels right at home with its homely bedrooms and an owner who loves animals!

Tenby is a harbour town and resort in southwest Wales

While you are in Tenby why not take a stroll along the North Beach?


Surrounded by mountains and vast open space close to the coast, Dublin is a great place for your pet. Whether you’re looking for adventure or to simply immerse yourself in Irish culture, there are numerous dog-friendly venues ready to offer you a warm welcome. Enjoy a delicious woodfired pizza at The Doghouse Howth, or head across to the Marlay Park Farmers Market on a weekend and have a nosy whilst overlooking Dublin’s magnificent scenery.


Introduce your dog-of-land to dog-of-sea through Beans Boat Trips in Morston. Let them take you out past the salt marches to discover the enormous population of seals on the East Coast! There are several dog-friendly beaches to explore, Holkham beach being one of the best, a long stretch of golden sand surrounded by wooded areas. Norfolk Woods Resort and Spa offers animal-friendly lodges and serves up a pool and spa to relax after a long day of walkies. An unforgettable getaway for all the family, including the furry one!

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