Another few place we visited during our holidays were less dog-friendly but still I was very impressed how dog-friendly they were actually.
Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction.
This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. Tickets: 18 GBP.
Not very dog-friendly, but too be honest I wouldnt want to bring a dog here. It was hectic from early morning and very busy. We just ran through it to see everything in very short time. It hold me a bit with having a dog cemetery…
Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s most historically important sites and was once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle.
Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. It was a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations from christenings to coronations. Today you can meet the costumed characters in the roles of bodyguards, court officials, maids of honour and servants who will welcome you into 16th century life. Families can have fun in the palace vaults where children can try out activities such as dressing in period costume and playing medieval instruments. Don’t miss a guided tour with knowledgeable staff who will bring the castle’s infamous characters and history to life in great detail. Other highlights include the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Castle Exhibition, Regimental Museum, Great Kitchens, Tapestry Studio and the nearby Argyll’s Lodging, a 17th century town house. Tickets: 15 GBP.
Ok, so you cant take dogs inside, but everyone was super excited I had dogs with me, and told me about King’s Knot, which is dog-friendly and dogs could walk on castle grounds no problem. All security staff was lovely towards dogs and really looked after us.
King’s Knot just an amazing place to let the dogs stretch their legs. It was all fenced full of grass and other dog walkers. Absolutely awesome in case of break for dogs too (Laferra can’t really be long on lead).
The National Wallace Monument
A national landmark, where visitors discover the life and legacy of the patriot and martyr Sir William Wallace. See Wallace’s legendary battle-sword – the centerpiece of the magnificent Hall of Heroes, and enjoy panoramic views from the Crown.
One of the most distinctive landmarks on the Stirling skyline – The National Wallace Monument commemorates the Scottish patriot and martyr who triumphed over King Edward’s army at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. Tickets: 10.50 GBP.
Well I wasn’t brave enough to climb up the tower, but we walked from the car park up to the Tower. Lovely walk, however you should keep the dogs on lead all the time as there is mini-bus driving all the time up and down.
Around the tower there were a lot of grass and picnic tables, so we could enjoy a rest while my friend climbed the tower. Security/driver staff offered me water for the dogs and have a great chat! Everyone was so happy to see me with those two, even tourists. The place wasn’t super busy but we were probably quiet early for a Saturday: 10.30am.
Of course when you are a tourist, or pretend to be one you walk in to every single gift shop! How exciting I was when I saw a dog bit in their gift shop: biscuits and tartan poo bags holder! Loved it!
The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland.
On a Saturday this place was hectic and due to beautiful day a lot of people came here for picnic. Close to the canal, dogs could have a dip in the water for a cool down. Not many bins around, but overall very clean place. Dogs were allowed everywhere apart from the gift shop! We wouldn’t want Roger to knock few more bears. Hah
Mixing the day to take dogs out for a walk and let them wait for us, was brilliant! I am very surprised that once again everyone loved those two, and didnt get any moans around that I am with dogs. Well done Scotland for being so dog-friendly.