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Perfect for Pets

Well behaved dogs are more than welcome at No 4 Portpatrick.

Do let us know in advance if you’re bringing along a four-legged friend so we can make sure everything is ready for them. We can provide food bowls, spare poo bags and a dog bed if required. (Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer!)

Need a dog sitter during your stay? Just ask and we’ll do our best to help.

Ask us for a list of dog friendly pubs and restaurants in and around Portpatrick. If you discover somewhere new on your travels, we’re always happy to hear your recommendations.

The Good Beach Guide lists 6 beaches in Dumfries and Galloway and a further 12 which allow dogs with some restrictions but you don’t have to go far from No 4 Portpatrick to find a dog friendly beach.

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Heading out on foot from No 4 Portpatrick take the coastal path to Killantringran Lighthouse. Just North of the lighthouse you’ll find a beautiful beach with firm level sand – ideal for dog walking.

At low tide you can walk further North to Larbrax Beach. Stretching for about a mile, the beach is backed by sand dunes with a well know climbing spot at the northern end. You’re more than likely to have the place to yourself so it’s a great place for your dog to work off some energy playing in the sea and sand. It can be reached by car by taking the rough road down past Larbrax farm.

A little further afield try Sandhead Beach or Marine Lake Beach near Stranraer.

Dunskey Estate – two miles from Portpatrick, has a woodland garden, walled garden and maze open between April and October with circular walks which owners and pets can enjoy together. Dogs are not allowed in the walled garden but you can enjoy a spot to eat with pooch in the picnic area!

You’ll also get a warm welcome with your dog at Glenwhan Gardens and Arboretum, near Stranraer. Dogs must be kept on a lead due to ground-nesting birds but they are allowed in all areas of the tranquil garden.There’s nearly 30 acres to explore and some fabulous views over Luce Bay, the Isle of Galloway, and the Isle of Man.

With acres of unspoiled beauty, Galloway Forest Park is another great place to visit with your dog. Discover picturesque forest trails, rolling glens and abundant wildlife. The Loch Trool circular walk and the Glentrool yellow route are both recommended for dog owners. There are further trails from the Kirroughtree visitor centre but you will find these a little busier. Lochs and burns at both Glentrool and Kirroughtree sites are ideal for dogs to take a cooling dip on warmer days. For further information visit www.scotland-forestry.gov.uk 

We look forward to hearing about your travels with dog at the end of the day!