For many people taking their pets on holiday with them is really important but sometimes it can be difficult to find places to stay or things to do where dogs are allowed. Here we explore pet friendly places to stay, eat and things to do in the Cairngorms National Park with your four legged friends…


1.Travelling with Pets – Most national rail services allow you to take dogs, cats and other small animals on board for no extra fee.* If you are travelling from London why not take the Caledonian Sleeper train overnight and wake up in the Cairngorms! Pets tickets are available from around £25 for up to two dogs or cats. *Please check with your service before travelling on their rules.


 2. Pet Friendly Accommodation – Many accommodation providers in the Park allow dogs, to see a full list of pet friendly places to stay click here.

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3.Dog Friendly Pubs – There’s nothing like a nice drink after a day out in the Mountains but where can you go with your walking buddy? Take a look at our list of dog friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants by clicking here.


4. Dog walking – You can walk most places in the Cairngorms National Park with a dog but at certain times of the year we ask that you keep your dog on a lead to protect nesting birds. You should never let your animals worry or attack farm animals and its best to avoid fields where there are young animals. For more information about dog walking rules visit the Outdoor Access website.  If your looking for dedicated dog exercise areas, head to Rothiemurchus where they have special areas for your furry friends to run free without disturbing the local wildlife, visit their website for more info.


5. Horse Friendly Holidays – Mar lodge is one of the few places in Scotland where you can take your horse on holiday with you. Contact the National Trust for Scotland for more info.


6. Cairngorms with Cats –  Take your kitty on an adventure! Many dog friendly accommodation providers will also allow cats. Check with the place you wish to stay before booking.

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Vets & Pet Health – Ticks are common in the Scottish highlands so please be aware and check your pets regularly. Hopefully you wont have to make any unexpected trips to the vets during your break in the Cairngorms but just in case here’s a list of all the local veterinary surgeries. 

Hope you and your pets decide to visit and have a wonderful adventure to the Cairngorms National Park!

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