Golden retriever on a beach

Dog friendly holidays – where can a pooch go for some R&R?

Now is the time to tackle the winter blues by booking a summer holiday to look forward to but as a nation of dog lovers many of us can’t face the idea of leaving our furry family members behind.

Luckily, many hotel and restaurant owners are catching on and there are now a variety of options available for dogs and their owners to visit both in the UK and abroad.


If you and your furry pal are beach lovers then where better to go than Cornwall? Renowned for its beautiful coastline, Cornwall has over 136 dog-friendly beaches for you to enjoy. With a range of different accommodation options from hotels to cottages and holiday parks.

Cornwall also offers several dog friendly restaurants so the whole family (including Fido) can enjoy a well-deserved feast after a revitalising day on the beach!


If you love nothing more than trekking along rocky mountainous terrain with your pawesome pal then a holiday in the Scottish highlands is what you need. There are a number of pet-friendly cottages where adventure is right on your doorstep!

If you’re new to walking then we recommend you check with a vet to make sure your dog is up for the challenge.


Having a pooch doesn’t have to stop you from travelling abroad. There are now lots of pet-friendly choices in countries such as Spain, Greece, Austria and even Switzerland where well-behaved hounds are welcome to travel on all public transport. It’s important to consider the time of year you decide to go as many countries will be too hot for your doggy during the summer.

Dog in a bag

Wherever you decide to go this year keep your furry best friend in mind and make sure there is lots of outdoor space for them to run, walk and play before both of you get some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

Useful resources: offers dog-friendly businesses such as hotels, restaurants and pubs the opportunity to sign up so that dog owners can find them with ease. have more advice on dog-friendly holidays abroad and offer several accommodation options in different countries.

And don’t forget, if you’re a PitPat Life member, dogs go free when you book a break with Forest Holidays. Find out how to redeem this offer by checking out the perks in your account.