Dog-friendly things to do in Edinburgh

Dog-friendly things to do in Edinburgh

If you’re planning a stay at our dog-friendly hotel in Edinburgh, we’ve got you covered with some pawsome activities that are certified to get tails wagging. Keep reading for some of the best things to get up to on your stay at our dog-friendly hotel.

City walks

Let’s start with some city walks. Edinburgh has plenty of fantastic options right on our doorstep, ranging from parks to beaches, where you and your four-legged friend can have a blast.

Calton Hill

Away from the hustle and bustle of busy roads, Calton Hill boasts breathtaking views across the city. Generally, this is considered a pretty easy route and takes an average of 19 minutes to complete. It’s a popular area for walking, so you’re bound to encounter other people and their dogs while exploring.

Plan your route by visiting: Alltrails Calton Hill

Princes Street Gardens

For a more relaxed stroll within the city, head to Princes Street Gardens, an 11-minute walk from our hotel. These beautifully manicured gardens lie beneath the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.

Discover more by visiting: Edinburgh Travel Guide

Holyrood Park to Arthurs Seat

If you’re up for a bit of adventure, make your way to Holyrood Park and conquer Arthurs Seat. It’s a 21-minute walk from our hotel, and with its historic ruins and a spectacular dormant volcano at the summit, this park’s 640 acres are perfect for exploration.

Explore the route by visiting: Self Guided Walking Routes – Holyrood Park

Inverleith Park

Inverleith Park, a 30-minute walk away, is another gem. Located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, this expansive urban park offers plenty of green spaces for your dog to roam freely.

Discover more here: Inverleith Park, Edinburgh Travel Guide

Harrison Park

For a longer walk or if you don’t mind using public transport, the Water of Leith Walkway is worth checking out. It’s a 13-minute drive or 30-minute public transport ride away and passes by iconic locations such as the Union Canal, Dean Village, and the Royal Botanic Garden. You can choose the full 12.75-mile walk or opt for a shorter route to tire out your furry friend.

Plan your route by visiting: Harrison Park – Edinburgh Outdoors

Water of Leith Walkway

For a change of scenery, take a 16-minute drive or a 40-minute public transport ride to the Newhailes Estate in Musselburgh. This 86-acre parkland offers stunning views over the Forth, and your dog is more than welcome to explore the woodlands and fields in Lodge Park.

Discover more by visiting: The Walkway

Newhailes Estate

Within a 16-minute drive (or 40 minutes on public transport) to Musselburgh, you’ll discover the expansive 86-acre Newhailes Estate. Enjoy stunning views over the Forth and let your furry friend roam freely in the woodland, field parameters, and fields of Lodge Park.

Explore more by visiting: Newhailes National Trust for Scotland

Portobello Beach

Uncover one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems with a 13-minute drive (or 24 minutes on public transport) to Portobello Beach. Soak up the sea air and take a leisurely stroll along 2 miles of coast, with your pooch by your side. When you’re finished walking, you’ll find an abundance of pubs, shops and restaurants  to relax in dotted around this charming seaside suburb. 

Plan your trip by visiting: Visit Scotland, Portobello Beach

Dog-friendly shops

Edinburgh isn’t just a shopper’s paradise; it’s also a haven for animal lovers. You’ll find a range of shops catering to our furry tourists.

Just Dogs

Located just an 18-minute walk away from our hotel, you’ll find Just Dogs, a shop devoted to dogs and their loyal owners. Here you’ll find an array of accessories, treats and even doggy clothing for your precious pet. 

Explore their shop by visiting: Just Dogs

Harry’s Treats

If you’re heading to Portobello Beach, don’t miss Harry’s Treats Dog Bakery. This doggy bakery is filled with delicious goodies like dog cupcakes, muffins, bakes, and even beer! 

Plan your trip by visiting: Harry’s Treats

Dog-friendly attractions

When you stay at our pet-friendly hotel in Edinburgh, the fun doesn’t stop outdoors. Check out these attractions that welcome dogs with open paws.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

As long as other customers are comfortable, your pooch can explore the entire attraction. The friendly team will even provide a bowl of water for thirsty pups.

Plan your visit here: Camera Obscura World of Illusions

Edinburgh Bus Tours

Give your legs a well-earned break and hop onboard an open-top bus tour around the city. Well behaved dogs are always welcome.

Plan your tour here: Edinburgh Bus Tours

Summerhall Arts Centre

Visit an exhibition or enjoy some quality time with your pooch at the onsite bar and restaurant, The Royal Dick. Dogs are encouraged to join, as long as they are well-behaved and kept on a lead.

Discover more by visiting: Summerhall

We hope this blog has helped you and your fur baby prepare for a fun-filled trip to Edinburgh! If you need somewhere to stay during your trip, our Edinburgh hotel is dog friendly and based in a central location.

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