Dog-Friendly Things to do in Edinburgh This Summer

Paws at the ready…

Who’s ready to embark on an unforgettable summer adventure with their furry friend in Edinburgh?

At our dog-friendly hotel in Edinburgh, we promise more than just a comfortable stay – we offer a gateway to an array of tail-wagging activities guaranteed to be fun for both you and your pup.

Here’s our top picks for dog-friendly activities this summer in Edinburgh:

Walks around Edinburgh

Let’s start with one of our furry besties things to do – go on walks. Edinburgh has got plenty of great spots to take your dog on a walk.

Here’s a few of our favourites:

Holyrood Park to Arthur’s Seat

Just a 21-minute walk from our hotel in Edinburgh, you can make your way to Holyrood Park and conquer the extinct volcano – Arthur’s Seat.

The walk up to Arthur’s Seat is a moderate challenge but offers panoramic views of the city that are definitely worth the effort. The area is a haven for dogs with plenty of space to run and explore.

Portobello Beach

Unleash joy at Portobello Beach where your dog can sprint along the soft sands and splash in the gentle waves of the North Sea. This popular spot is perfect for a game of frisbee or fetch as you soak up the coastal charm and perhaps, a picnic on the beach – don’t forget to pack snacks for your pup!

Princes Street Gardens

Located in the heart of Edinburgh, and just a 14-minute walk from our Edinburgh city centre hotel, you’ll find Princes Street Gardens.

These historic public gardens offer a picturesque retreat with plenty of space for a leisurely walk with your pup, under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. With vibrant flower beds and the iconic Ross Fountain right in the centre of the gardens, it’s a must-visit.

Water of Leith Walkway

For those who enjoy a lengthier stroll with their furry companion, the Water of Leith Walkway is a perfect choice. This picturesque pathway stretches for 13 miles, starting in Balerno, it winds through the heart of the city and ends at the outflow into the Firth of Forth at Leith.

The route travels through many areas of interest, such as the Union Canal, Saughton Park and Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, plus many more places!

Find out more about the Water of Leith Walkway here.

Beagle climbing hill

Dog-friendly attractions

Next up, let’s dive into some fantastic dog-friendly attractions where you and your furry friend can make unforgettable memories together. You’ll be surprised at the variety of places that welcome your canine companion!

Film screenings at the Picturehouse

How about enjoying a film cuddled up with your pooch one evening after exploring Edinburgh?

The Picturehouse puts on special dog-friendly screenings for you and your pup. A blanket for the adjacent seat is provided for your four-legged companion to enjoy the show too.

Find out more about dog-friendly at the Picturehouse here.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura isn’t just a feast for human eyes – your four-legged friends are welcome too!

As long as other visitors don’t mind, dogs can tag along as you navigate through the bewildering world of optical illusions and captivating exhibits. The friendly team are always on hand to ensure your pup is as comfortable as you are, supplying bowls of water for thirsty pups.

Before you head out, make sure to check out their pet policy online to ensure you and your furry companion have the best experience possible. And don’t forget to capture the moment, the topsy-turvy backdrops make for unforgettable snapshots with your pooch!

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Give your legs – and your pup’s – a well-deserved rest by hopping aboard one of Edinburgh’s iconic open-top bus tours.

Experience the rich history and stunning architecture of the city from the comfort of a bus, all while taking in panoramic views of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks. Whether it’s the majestic Edinburgh Castle, the historic Royal Mile, or the beautiful Princes Street Gardens, these tours are a fantastic way to explore the city without having to walk to each individual hotspot.

Plus, your furry friend is welcome too, ensuring no family member has to miss out!

Dog-friendly shops

Last but certainly not least, Edinburgh boasts an array of delightful dog-friendly shops for you and your pup to explore together, including:

Harry’s Treats

If you’re planning a trip to Portobello Beach, make sure to swing by the dog bakery, Harry’s Treats.

This delightful bakery is a paradise for pups, offering a tempting array of treats, such as dog cupcakes, muffins, bakes, and even dog-friendly beer! Your furry friend will be in heaven sampling the delicious goodies.

Just Dogs 

Just Dogs, a charming boutique dedicated to dogs and their owners, offers an extensive selection of accessories, gourmet treats and stylish doggy apparel.

Whether you’re looking for a durable new leash, a cosy bed, or a fun toy to keep your pet entertained, Just Dogs is the perfect place to make your furry bestie feel pampered and loved.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to provide personalised recommendations to ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Start and end your adventure with us

Make the most of your stay in Edinburgh by beginning and ending your day in our hotel in Edinburgh. Our dog-friendly hotel ensures that you and your pup will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to explore.

Book your stay with us today and create unforgettable memories.

Our Edinburgh hotel lies within the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage site and occupies five original Georgian townhouses just moments from both Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle.

Our hotel in Edinburgh has preserved many of the original features including decorative stairwells and a unique cupola. The chic and contemporary interior reflects the life and vibrancy of Edinburgh today.

There are 60 individual Edinburgh hotel bedrooms and junior suites to choose from and our regular guests have their firm favourites. Each guestroom in our Edinburgh city centre hotel is individually decorated reflecting the neighbourhood story with details of Edinburgh’s rich history and Summer Festival traditions.

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Join us for breakfast, and fuel up for the day ahead with our selection of continental items and a-la carte dishes which are cooked to order using local produce where possible. You can’t stay at our Edinburgh hotel without trying a ‘Wee Dram’. We have a selection of fine whisky to take you around the most famous Scottish distilleries, with the occasional stop off in places such as Wales and Japan. Alternatively, try one of our craft beers or ‘softies’.

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