Exploring Scotland as a keen dog owner is made much easier by the plentiful dog-friendly restaurants around the country that welcome our four-legged friends.

Here are ten Scottish eateries that allow well-behaved pooches through their doors – from city-centre stop-offs to roadside diners and remote countryside spots.

 

Singl-end, Glasgow

(263 Renfrew St, Garnethill, Glasgow G3 6TT / 15 John Street, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 1HP)

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With two city centre locations – in Garnethill and Merchant City – this bohemian joint serves a wide array of baked treats, brunches, homemade bread and coffees. It has a fanbase of regular doggy visitors whose pictures are all over the cafe’s Instagram page.

 

 

The Ship Inn at Elie

(The Toft, Elie, Leven KY9 1DT)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Ship Inn at Elie.

The Ship Inn sits on beautiful Elie beach, meaning there’s plenty of space for your furry friend to work off some energy. You’ll want to keep him close when the pub’s cricket team are in play though – The Ship is the only pub in Britain to have a cricket team with its own pitch on the beach!

 

The Fountain, Edinburgh

(131 Dundee Street Edinburgh, EH11 1AX)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Fountain, Edinburgh.

Dogs will be offered water, treats and attention at this modern city-centre gastropub, which has a menu focused on simplicity and sharing. Warm and welcoming, with bright interiors and regular drinks deals, The Fountain is perfectly located for stopping off after a dog walk along the Union Canal.

 

Coach House Coffee Shop and Store, Loch Lomond

(Church Road, Luss, G83 8NN)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Coach House Coffee Shop and Store.

Just a stone’s throw from the banks of Loch Lomond, Luss’ Coach House is the perfect place for you and your dog to recuperate after a long walk. Munch down on light snacks and cakes and warm yourself with a hot beverage in this popular establishment, decorated in the style of an old coach house with a homely, welcoming atmosphere.

 

The Cobbles – Freehouse & Dining, Kelso

(7 Bowmont St, Kelso TD5 7JH)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Cobbles – Freehouse & Dining, Kelso

This modern gastropub offers steaks, fine dining and locally brewed ale, and is housed within a revamped 19th-century coaching inn. The award-winning eatery offers some of the best classic pub and restaurant dining in Scotland and uses local suppliers and ingredients for its dishes.

 

The Real Food Café, Tyndrum

(Tyndrum, Crianlarich FK20 8RY)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum.

Located on the A82 in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park at the gateway to some of Scotland’s most scenic walking routes, The Real Food Cafe is known for its award-winning fish and chips and excellent facilities for walkers and their four-legged companions – there’s even a dog-washing station for mucky pups and their owners’ boots.

 

The Pantry, Edinburgh

(1 N W Circus Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6ST)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Pantry.

The Pantry’s Stockbridge location on the corner of Circus Place offers rustic charm and brunches so popular, there are often queues out the door on weekends. It’s a great place to fuel up before or after a dog walk along the Water of Leith to Dean Village.

 

The Creagan Inn Restaurant & Bar, Appin

(Appin, Argyll, PA38 4BQ)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Creagan Inn Restaurant & Bar.

Serving up light bites, seafood and meat dishes, your dog will feel more than welcome in this waterfront pub-restaurant, situated in an updated 1740s ferryman’s house with spectacular views over Loch Creran and the hills of Mull. The views are just as good inside too, with a gallery showcasing the best of the West Highlands’ local arts and crafts.

 

Macgochans, Isle of Mull

(Ledaig Bldg, 1 Isle Of, Tobermory, Isle of Mull PA75 6NR)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: Macgochans.

Macgochans is a great place to dine on Mull if you’ve got your best canine companion in tow. If the island is too quiet for you, there are also regular live music performances and events to keep your spirits high.

The Bridge Inn at Ratho

(27 Baird Rd, Ratho, Newbridge EH28 8RA)

10 of the best dog-friendly restaurants and cafes in Scotland

Picture: The Bridge Inn at Ratho.

Roughly a half-hour’s drive west from Edinburgh city centre, The Bridge Inn is situated on the banks of the Union Canal, making it the perfect lunch or dinner spot after a dog walk. Enjoy hearty pub grub, a wide drinks selection and a warm welcome whether you’re warming yourself by the fire in winter or enjoying the pretty views from the terrace in summer.  

 

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