Hotel Indigo Edinburgh, 51 - 59 York Place, EH1 3JD

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Dog-friendly things to do in Edinburgh

We’ve compiled some of the best things to get up to on your stay at our dog-friendly hotel.


City Walks


There are lots of dog walks in Edinburgh just on our doorstep, with many delightful parks, beaches and places to explore with your pooch.


Calton Hill: 9 minute walk
Away from the hustle and bustle of busy roads, Calton Hill boasts breathtaking views across the city.


Princes Street Gardens: 11 minute walk
Ideal for a gentle stroll within the city, Princes Street’s beautiful manicured gardens sit below the towering castle.


Holyrood Park to Arthurs Seat: 21 minutes walk
With 640 acres to explore, venture through the park’s historic ruins to the summit of Arthurs Seat, a spectacular dormant volcano.


Inverleith Park: 30 minute walk
Situated next to the Royal Botanic Gardens is the green oasis of Inverleith Park. One of Scotland’s largest urban parks, there’s plenty of green spaces for your dog to roam freely.


Harrison Park: 50 minute walk / 25 minutes on public transport
Marvel at the abundance of wildlife, as you stroll along the Union Canal to Harrison Park. Awarded a Green Flag, the park is full of fields for your pooch to explore.


Water of Leith Walkway: 13 minutes drive / 30 minutes on public transport
This walkway passes many must-see locations including the Union Canal, Dean Village and the Royal Botanic Garden. Tire your dog out on the full 12.75 mile walk, or select a shorter route. 


Newhailes Estate: 16 minute drive / 40 minutes on public transport
Discover 86-acres of parkland in Musselburgh with stunning views over the Forth. Your pooch is more than welcome in the woodland, field parameters, and fields in Lodge Park. 


Portobello Beach: 13 minute drive / 24 minutes on public
One of Edinburgh’s best-kept secrets is its beautiful beaches. Head to Portobello Beach to taste the sea air and wander 2 miles of coast with your pooch in tow. 




Famed for its remarkable retail therapy offering, Edinburgh also has an array of shops tailored towards its animal tourists.


House of Hound
With a motto of ‘eat, sleep, play’, House of Hound has everything your furry friend could possibly need. Here you can find unique souvenirs from the UK, Europe and America.


Harry’s Treats
If you’re heading to Portobello Beach for some fresh sea air, sniff out Harry’s Treats Dog Bakery. This shop is full with fresh goodies such as dog cupcakes, muffins, bakes and even beer!



When you stay at our pet-friendly hotel in Edinburgh, you’re not just restricted to the outdoors! Here are some of the attractions ready to welcome you.


Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
If other customers are comfortable with a dog on their tour, your pooch can have free roam of the whole attraction. The team will be on hand with a bowl of water for thirsty dogs.


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.


Summerhall Arts Centre
Head to see an exhibition or whine and dine your pooch at the onsite bar and restaurant, The Royal Dick. Dogs are encouraged, as long as they are well behaved and on a lead. 


Dog-friendly cafés and restaurants

Treat your furry friend to a kibble-free meal in the heart of Edinburgh.


This Irish bar serves an extensive range of hot drinks and hearty food for humans, and your pooch can even grab a puppuccino!


Bacco Wine
Here you can sample a fine array of Italian wines and indulge in a selection of cheese and antipasti dishes.


The Holyrood 9A
Renowned for their authentic burgers and beers, this lively pub will welcome your hound with dog treats and water.


Tea & Sympathy
Located next to Harrison Park, this eatery has a dog wall of fame, featuring many regular visitors!


Caley Sample Room
A gastropub situated next to Harrison Park and Union Canal, Caley Sample Room is a popular stop off for dog walkers.


This modern restaurant and bar welcomes dogs all day, as long as they abide by the hound ground rules.


Enjoy coffee, cake, waffles and gelato in this West End café, which even serves doggy gelato for your favourite four-legged friend. 


Please note walk and public transport timings are only guidance and may differ depending on when you are travelling. All information was correct at the time of writing, please check with each venue/location before setting off to avoid disappointment.




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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews



This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.



Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!



Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.



Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.



Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.



Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!



I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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