Dog friendly holiday accommodation Portpatrick
We welcome you and your dog(s) to Kirklauchline Cottage for your next holiday in South West Scotland. There’s no need to leave them at home, you can bring them along with you and enjoy your holiday together. We have walks from the doorstep, off road walks and lots of dog friendly beaches nearby. We were recently awarded a 5 star status as a self-catering pet friendly holiday cottage and destination by “Your Dog” magazine.
Booking in your dog
Please specify at the time of booking whether you wish to bring your dog(s). There is no extra charge for your dog(s) and we accept a maximum of two dogs per stay.
Our Canine Code of Conduct
We ask you to bring your dog’s bed with you and if they like to sleep in a crate there’s plenty of room in our large open plan living space to bring this along with you. Please bring your own doggy towels, which you may need after a day on the beach. We have a doggy bath stored in the shed to wash those sandy or muddy paws. New for the 2018 season we have a ‘Mud Daddy’ for sandy or muddy paws. You can see how this works by following this link.
We have a couple of doggy requests – we ask that you don’t allow your dog(s) on the sofas (or bring your own throws) or in the bedrooms and don’t leave them unattended as this can lead to anxiety when left alone in surroundings they aren’t used to.
The front garden at Kirklauchline Cottage is enclosed but smaller dogs may be able to get out under the gate so please check. Our cottage is located on a working farm and there are often cows in the fields so dogs should be supervised at all times. We provide a bowl of fresh drinking water on arrival, a welcome treat and a few outdoor toys and poo bags.
The “Woof” guide to the Rhins of Galloway
There are so many dog friendly beaches close to Kirklauchline Cottage where there are no dog restrictions at any time of the year. Some of our guests choose to walk to the beaches, the nearest is a couple of miles away (around a 40 minute stroll) and others prefer to hop in the car and drive to the beaches (5 minutes by car). You will often be the only ones there and have the whole beach to yourselves. There are also many coastal walks with spectacular views to enjoy including the start of the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick and the Mull of Galloway circular walk.
There are six gardens in the Rhins of Galloway and some of them allow dogs on a lead. Ardwell Gardens and Castle Kennedy Gardens accept dogs on a lead. Glenwhan Gardens and Dunskey Gardens have dedicated dog walking areas.
In Portpatrick there are many places where you can eat and drink and where your dog is welcome too. You can enjoy sitting outside on the sea front or relax and get cosy indoors in front of a crackling log fire.
You can see photographs of Abiidoodle and some of our doggy guests by visiting our Dog Friendly Holiday’s Gallery.
Health and well being
It is important to make sure your dog have been treated for fleas and worms before their holiday. Ticks can be a problem in Scotland, especially in the warmer weather and it is important to check your dog for ticks regularly. If your Dog has an accident or becomes ill whilst on holiday at Kirklauchline Cottage we have a very good vet in Stranraer. Academy Vets is a long established practice providing a wide range of veterinary services.
Contact Alison on 07824 770968 or send an for further information or to make a booking.