A dog is man’s best friend, so it’s only natural that we’d share our most magical adventures with them. After all, most dog owners will tell you that their pup simply becomes another member of the family – just ask Mr Benn! Your dog’s need for fresh air and exercise can have a big impact on the activities you get up to in your free time, or where you might choose to holiday. Perhaps you sacrifice sun-chasing trips to the south of Spain in favour of walking excursions around the UK, or maybe you start venturing to more pubs out in the countryside, rather than converging on big cities. Either way, having a dog can certainly make your adventures even more memorable, so we’ve picked out a handful of pubs and inns around the UK which can perfectly combine your love of dogs and the great outdoors!
There are few areas in the UK which can outstrip the Brecon Beacons in the natural wonder stakes. The scenery is spectacular, whether at the foot or summit of one of the mountains, and there’s so much to explore. The Felin Fach Griffin is located right on the edge of the national park, so there’s plenty of dog walking hotspots, while your pupper will be more than welcome in the rooms at no extra cost. They can even play with the pub’s resident dogs Max and Lottie!
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Northern Ireland can brag a huge range of gorgeous landscapes and the Saltwater Brig pub in Kircubbin, County Down has one on its doorstep. The pub offers views out across Strangford Lough and boasts a luscious, green beer garden for revellers and dogs to enjoy. Should the weather take a turn for the worst, however, the inside also has plenty to offer. The cosy ‘snug’, dominated by the open fire, is particularly charming and it’s all open to dogs.
Are you and your pup planning on exploring Scotland’s rugged west coast? Then the Galley of Lorne Inn in the fine village of Ardfern could be perfect. The establishment itself, a former 17th century drovers’ inn, has an array of delightful rooms for you and your pets, plus a stunning garden and decking area which looks out across Loch Craignish. Whether you’re an adventurer or just looking to kick back, the Galley of Lorne Inn is certainly a find.
The Yorkshire Dales is a prime location for walking and quaint country pubs, and Malham is home to one of the most notable inns; The Lister Arms. From its striking ivy-covered stone walls in a picturesque village, to the elegant and cosy rooms available, the inn has an impressive repertoire indeed! Dogs are fussed over, with a special sausage and treats on offer in the bar area, and as The Lister Arms is situated in the Dales, it’s surrounded by some of the most pristine parts of English countryside you’re likely to find!
Beaches, the seaside, whimsical finishing villages; Cornwall certainly offers plenty if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a coastal trip. The Old Coastguard at Mousehole lies right on the southern coast and boasts extraordinary views of the sea. The garden is excellently maintained, while the bar/restaurant and bedrooms are stylish without being pretentious. And to top it all off, your pooches are allowed to stay in the rooms free of charge!
[Photo credit: Paul Massey]
Dogs can be the best companions, particularly when out exploring the wild countryside. But it’s important to remember that they have minds of their own, and even if you’re watching them like a hawk, they could easily start chewing on a cushion when you’re back in the hotel room. At least with the Gold cover level on The Insurance Emporium’s Lifetime, Maximum Benefit and Time Limited dog insurance policies, you can get up to £800 worth of Accidental Damage cover, potentially saving you a few bob if your pupper is mischievous while on your adventure.
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