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Highlands (South)

Scotland is famous for its awesome scenery, vibant culture and spectacular heritage. It's ideal for holidays with your canine companion thanks to the endless opportunities to explore beautiful countryside and plenty of dog-friendly accommodation.

It's worth pointing out that Scotland does not have set footpaths because of a Scottish law which grants right of access across most land, regardless of who owns it. Some areas may have designated paths, others don’t so it's a good idea to check out access rights and where and how you and your dog can walk safely. Outdoor Access Scotland ( has free downloadable leaflets aimed at dog owners.

The National Trust for Scotland cares for over 76,000 hectares of breathtaking countryside. You can download free walking trail pdfs from its website

Visitors to this area can follow in the footsteps of Queen Victoria as well as artist William Turner and poet William Wordsworth who took inspiration from this region’s stunning landscapes. Here you'll find some of the most accessible and dog friendly scenery in the Scottish Highlands, from gentle riverside strolls and woodland walks to the challenging Munro mountains. 

Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree Country’ as is home to some of Europe’s oldest forests, including one of the Europe’s tallest trees at Reelig Glen.

Dundee and Angus offer coastal walks following the River Tay. You and your dog could check out one of the most impressive and accessible waterfalls in Scotland at Reekie Linn near the Bridge of Craigisla on the River Isla in Perthshire, roam through the Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve looking out for the rare Arctic-alpine plants, or walk amid the highland hills on Jock’s Road, an ancient high-level route which links Glen Clova to Braemar.

Loch Morlich is surrounded by forests and fringed by beaches with the running backdrop of often snow-clad peaks of the northern Cairngorms. The circuit of the lock is a very popular walk for dog owners.

Set within the vast rolling landscape of the Cairngorms National Park, dog friendly Glenlivit Estate is full of potential memorable countryside experiences for you and your family. It’s open all year round and has 23,000 hectares of woodland and rolling moorland.

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