Dog friendly holiday accommodation Portpatrick
As dog owners ourselves we understand that a dog is an important member of your family and we welcome you and your dog(s) to Kirklauchline Cottage in this spectacular corner of South West Scotland. Kirklauchline Cottage is very popular with dog owners.
There’s no need to leave your dog(s) at home when you book a holiday at Kirklauchline Cottage, you can bring them along with you and enjoy your perfect 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, they stay with us for free.
Reasons to bring your dog on holiday with you:
🐾 He or she is a member of the family and loves to spend quality time with you.
🐾 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 with all the home comforts at Kirklauchline Cottage.
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 treats and a bowl of fresh water on arrival.
Our Canine Code of Conduct
We don’t have many dog requests or rules and regulations and we realise that you and your dog(s) want to chill out, relax and enjoy your holiday time together.
We ask that you bring your dog’s bed on holiday 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 too. Please bring your own doggy towels, which you may need after a fun day on the beach. We now have a ‘Mud Daddy’ for cleaning sandy or muddy paws. You can see how this works by following this link.
Please don’t allow your dog(s) on the sofas (or bring your own throws if you know they can’t resist curling up next to you). We don’t allow dogs in the bedrooms or on the beds and we ask that you 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 with a 4ft stock proof fence. Smaller dogs may be able to sneak out under the gate so please check (we have adapted a mesh panel which fastens to the gates to prevent this and Bob has never managed to break out yet!). 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 during their holiday
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
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 to 10 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 has 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
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.
You can keep up to date with all our holiday and doggy news on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and please feel free to share your doggy photographs with us as we love to see your dog(s) relaxing and having fun.
Contact Alison and Bob the dog (Head of HosPAWtality) on 07824 770968 or send an for further information or to make a booking.