Self-Catering Holiday Cottage, Scotland

Dog friendly holiday accommodation Portpatrick

Dog friendly holiday accommodation, Portpatrick,. ScotlandWe love to welcome you and your dog(s) to Kirklauchline Cottage for your next holiday in this spectacular corner of 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 close by. We were recently awarded a 5 star status as a self-catering pet friendly holiday cottage and destination by “Your Dog” magazine. What’s more there’s no additional charge for dogs.

Reasons to bring your dog on holiday with you:

🐾 He or she is a member of the family and loves to spend time with the family.

🐾 A dog is a great reason to get out and about, walk on our beaches, stroll through the woods and enjoy special time together.

🐾 Dogs (2) stay for free at Kirklauchline Cottage so there’s no expensive kennel costs to consider.

🐾 You can enjoy your holiday together.


Booking in your dog

Please specify at the time of booking whether you wish to bring your dog(s) and provide their name, breed and age. There is no extra charge for your dog(s) and we accept a maximum of two dogs per stay. Dogs even receive their own welcome treat.

Our Canine Code of Conduct

Dog friendly holiday in PortpatrickWe don’t have many dog requests but we do 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 now have a ‘Mud Daddy’ for sandy or muddy paws. You can see how this works by following this link.

We ask that you don’t allow your dog(s) on the sofas (or bring your own throws if they can’t resist). Please don’t allow them in the bedrooms and don’t leave them unattended as this could 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 (we have a mesh panel which can fasten to the gates to prevent this). Our cottage is located on a working farm and there are often cows in the fields so dogs should be supervised at all times.The electric fences on the farm will be switched on when livestock are in the fields.

What we provide for your furry friends:

  • A bowl of fresh drinking water on arrival
  • A welcome treat on arrival
  • A few doggy toys and tennis balls
  • A supply of poo bags
  • Mud Daddy for cleaning sandy paws
  • Holiday ID tags for your dog to display on their collar

We can also recommend dog walking and day care services should you wish to visit somewhere and you can’t take your dog(s) along with you. Please contact us for details.

The “Woof” guide to the Rhins of Galloway

Dog friendly holiday in ScotlandThere 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 beautiful gardens in the Rhins of Galloway and most of them allow dogs on a lead. Castle Kennedy Gardens  and Logan House Gardens accept dogs on a lead. Glenwhan Gardens have a dedicated dog walking area and a dog friendly tearoom.

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 Bob, Abiidoodle and some of our doggy guests by visiting our Dog Friendly Holiday’s Gallery.

Health and well being

Dog friendly holiday cottage PortpatrickIt 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.

You can keep up to date with all our holiday and doggy news on InstagramFacebook and Twitter and please feel free to share your doggy photographs with us.

Contact Alison and Bob the dog (Head of HosPAWtality) on 07824 770968 or send an for further information or to make a booking.