Holidays with family pets are becoming more popular by the year. After all, why shouldn’t your dog or cat enjoy the luxury of a break away? From the sprawling plains of rural England to the untamed terrain of the Scottish Highlands, there are dozens of destinations perfectly suited for pet friendly holidays. You could take a hiking trip to County Antrim or a fishing break in Perthshire, a walking holiday in Yorkshire or a boating trip around Norfolk: whatever you want to do whilst away, there are plenty of options open to you.
With the staggering beauty of England’s South Coast on your doorstep, you can’t go wrong with pet friendly holidays in Dorset. A peaceful and rural area characterised by ancient natural wonders and pretty, historic villages, there’s plenty for you, your family and your pet to explore. Enjoy long hikes in Dorset’s nature reserves along the Purbeck Coast, following in the footsteps of famous local author Thomas Hardy, or leave cats to enjoy the open countryside while you enjoy a day out at the local golf course. Whatever you choose to do whilst away, you’ll be amazed at how much Dorset has to offer.
Perthshire is in many ways the perfect pet friendly holiday spot. The region is brimming with large farmhouses and quaint, cosy cottages, located amidst deep woodlands and lush, sprawling fields. Walking holidays in Perthshire are also a pet friendly option, with the region's inspirational scenery spanning rolling hills and untamed mountains; but so too are fishing holidays, with dozens of tumbling rivers and sparkling lochs, filled with Scottish trout and salmon. Finally, when the sun sets and it's time to head home, you'll find plenty of Perthshire pubs in which you and your dog will receive a warm welcome.
The Scottish Borders might not boast the untamed terrain of the Northern Highlands, but the area does proffer plenty of excellent waking trails. The South Upland Way extends throughout the region, covering rolling hills and deep valleys, as well as expansive forests filled with ancient trees. Cycling or walking along the banks of the River Tweed, an equally excellent spot for fishing, you’ll simply soak up the tranquil atmosphere, enjoying soft light spilling through branches overhead. Of course, the Scottish Borders area is also known for its excellent golf courses, on which you can enjoy a challenging game whilst admiring your scenic surroundings.
Where better for pet friendly breaks than the magnificent Snowdonia National Park? One of many Welsh nature reserves, Snowdonia is famed for its spectacular landscapes, a mixture of cloud-touching mountains, cascading waterfalls and wild, unspoilt moorland. It's a truly secluded place, where can take long walks with your dog without meeting anything but indigenous wildlife, cycle through thick forests or sail on otherwise unrippled lakes. You can access all the information you need about Snowdonia's walking, horse-riding and cycling trails from one of many tourist information offices in the area, and in the evenings, simply sit back in Gwynedd public houses, as your dog lies lazily by the fire.