Why Dogs Love Visiting the Scottish Borders

With its thrilling range of landscapes and attractions, the Scottish Borders isn't just a great holiday spot for humans — dogs will find plenty to wag their tails at as well.

With this in mind, here are a few reasons why pooches should take their owners on a 'paw-some' Borders mini break...

Thrilling beach walks

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All dogs will agree that nothing beats racing down a stretch of white sand to chase a stick while the wind blows through your fur. Which is why it's a good thing that there are so many beautiful beaches in the Borders, isn't it?

A fantastic choice is the lovely sandy beach of Pease Bay. Surrounded by impressive sandstone cliffs, it's a popular spot with surfers. Needless to say, there are a quite a few walks for dogs to enjoy too, including footpaths into ancient woodlands.

Another great choice is the award-winning Coldingham Sands. Based in a postcard-pretty village, the beach is part of the St. Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, meaning it's right in the heart of nature. You will be able to spot crab pools and wildflowers, plus pretty vintage beach huts (note that dogs should be kept on a lead from June to September).

Eyemouth HarbourEyemouth HarbourVisit Scotland

Or what about the rugged cliffside walk from St. Abb's village to Eyemouth Harbour, where dogs can get a nice long leg stretch? The harbour is a peaceful place for dog owners to watch the boats, browse the shops and even treat themselves to a real Italian ice cream. And of course, their furry friends will love chasing frisbees across the golden beach.

Dog-friendly visitor spots

Hermitage Castle in RoxburghshireHermitage Castle in RoxburghshireStart Again, Wikimedia Commons

The Borders also has plenty of heritage sights that let dogs join in the fun. Various castles and grand houses are more than happy to let four-legged guests roam around the grounds (although not usually inside the properties themselves). These include Floors Castle, Hermitage Castle and Paxton House, where dogs are welcome in the tearoom too.

Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, offers plenty of great woodland and riverside walks, plus a dog-friendly visitor centre and café. Or why not head for a scenic ramble around the grounds of Robert Burns Ellisland Farm, where Scotland's national bard tilled the soil for three years?

There are lovely gardens to explore too, like Kailzie Gardens with its burnside walks and Manderston Garden with its serpentine lake. Note that you will have to keep dogs on a lead in both.

Exciting adventure trails

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Last but not least, let's not forget the amazing range of walks that the Scottih Borders has to offer. From rivers to lochs to woodlands, dogs and owners are absolutely spoilt for choice.

If you like looping walks, then the Harestanes Circular in the Teviot Valley is a popular, mile-long ramble. Or you could head to the Ettrick Water Circular in Selkirk, which has plenty of riverside wildlife to see (and bark at).

River Tweed at Cardrona ForestRiver Tweed at Cardrona ForestVisit Scotland

And let's not forget forests, which dogs always love. An excellent destination is the Tweed Valley, where you could explore the various trails of Cardrona Forest, the more secluded Cademuir Forest or Thornielee Forest, which has plenty of butterflies for dogs to chase.

The Borders is the perfect adventure spot for dogs and owners. So why not book an exciting getaway soon?

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