Best Loved’s Top 5 Days Out With The Dog

This month is pet-friendly month at Best Loved, as we know that many of our hotel’s guests love their four legged friends. This week we are focusing on some great days out with the dog, and next week we’ll talk about some of the most pet-friendly hotels in the collection.

For those of you who aren’t a furry fan, or who have allergies to certain pets, almost all of our pet-friendly hotels do offer non-pet friendly bedrooms to ensure that absolutely everyone has a comfortable stay!

Many of our hotels are located in or near vast parklands, national parks or in stunning rolling countryside, but the top 5 pet friendly days out below offer far more than just great walks, these are fun days out for humans, where dogs can come too!

Motorparty Classic Car Hire, Dumfries, Scotland

Hiring a classic car for a breathtaking drive around the Scottish countryside already sounds like a fantastic way to spend the day, or a great gift idea for a car fanatic. Combine that with the fact that you are permitted to bring your canine best friend along for the ride and this is a day out with a difference! Motorparty Classic Car Hire’s location is such that you can choose to drive on the beautiful farmland, or along clear scenic roads, or even along the coast.

Pack a picnic and choose a great spot to stop, and let your four-legged friend romp around some of Scotland’s best walking areas. A great day out for man and hound with the wind blowing in everyone’s hair!

Dog Friendly Beach, Saunton Beach, Devon

Saunton Sands in North Devon measures over 3 miles, and (unlike other beaches in the UK) it allows dogs all year round. The beach is backed by Braunton Burrows UNESCO Biosphere reserve (the biggest sand dune system in England!), and is also part of the Taw-Torridge estuary Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – all in all, a spectacular place to visit. Even better if you’re lucky with the weather!

Going beyond simply being a dog friendly day out, Saunton Beach support a charity called “Dogs Helping Kids”, they have donated to other canine charitable causes such as Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, and they host multiple dog friendly activities and events throughout the year.

Where to Stay: Saunton Sands Hotel overlooks the beach, and won Best Loved’s Hotel Of The Year award in our 2017/18 awards!

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

If you’re feeling energetic, and you’re furry friend needs some good exercise, then Snowdonia National Park is a great day out for you both! Don’t let the name put you off, there are gentle strolls as well as the mountainous walks – whichever you choose, you’re sure of some breathtaking views, and wonderful fresh air!

There are many dog friendly pubs in the area, and if you fancy some retain therapy as an alternative to the more energetic options, many shops in Betwsy Coed welcome dongs on leads.

Where to Stay: Trefeddian Hotel is a traditional beachfront hotel on the edge of Snowdonia.

Ryedale Folk Museum, North Yorkshire

Ryedale Folk Museum is a museum with a difference! Situated over 6 acres the museum is made up of several buildings within the grounds. Dogs are welcome within all the buildings and there are dog bowls laid out throughout the attraction. The different buildings showcase different periods in time, including a 1950’s post office and a Iron Age Round House. There is even small farmyard with very friendly pigs and sheep!

The pub next door and the café in the village are both dog friendly too, in case you feel a little peckish after your informative day out!

Where to stay: The Talbot is a Grade II listed building in the pretty market town of Malton.

Ullswater Steam Boat, Cumbria

A doggy day out with a difference! Ullswater’s ‘steamers’ welcome dogs on board as long as they have a ticket (£1 per dog)! Take in the scenery of the iconic UNESCO World Heitage site and relax either the open deck, the covered upper deck, or the licensed on-board bar. Cruises connect to some of the most famous and iconic walking routes in the National Park, with views of Wordsworth’s Daffodils on the west shore in spring, ad they operate 363 days a year!

Where to Stay: Temple Sowerby House, timeless luxury and fantastic food between the Lakes and the Pennines


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