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Balloch Castle Country Park

By yon bonnie banks an’ by yon bonnie braes
Whaur the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond

Balloch Castle Country Park

Balloch Castle Country Park

Balloch Castle Country Park, situated in Loch Lomond is a stunning attraction for a doggie day out.

Balloch Castle Country Park

Balloch Castle Country Park

The 19th century castle and gardens, built by John Buchannan in 1808, was officially recognised as a country park in 1980.
The castle now dies derelict, but still makes for beautiful viewing for historian enthusiasts.
There are many derelict buildings on the grounds which have fallen into ruin such as the gameskeepers house and the gatehouses, which are popular sites for having a nosey around.

The castle is surrounded by 200 acres of unspoilt woodland, nature trails, walled gardens and guided walks, making it the perfect destination for outdoorsy types. Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 06.57.01

The park provides panoramic views of the stunning scenery Loch Lomond has to to offer. The backdrop of the rolling hills are sights that people travel to Scotland for, just to see.

There are quiet benches, and picnic tables dotted in idyllic spots around the grounds. If you want to bring a packed lunch that your doggy friend can enjoy to, then head to the picnic benches at the water’s edge for some some grub and a well deserved rest.

An excellent place for wildlife watching, the nature trails and surrounding woodland makes perfect walkies for you dog. Trust us, they will have the perfect doggy day out!

TIP: Bring treats for your pooch!

Balloch Castle Country Park

Balloch Castle Country Park

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Prestwick Beach

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Our favourite beach on a sunny day!
Preswick Beach in Ayr is a little out the way for a Glaswegian, however it just happens to be Holly’s favourite beach.
When the weather is great, and the promenade is full, you’d be mistaken for a warm beach off the coast of France.

Admittedly, you have to make the day of it (and chose a nice day!) because a beach is miserable in Scotland when it’s raining.

The length of the beach provides good walkies, with many dog walkers out for a stroll during the day.
There are plenty of facilities nearby the beach just off the promenade, including shops, restaurants, a picnic site and a children’s play area.
So if you want to enjoy lunch with your fur baby, then bring a packed one!

There’s plenty to see and do around the Ayr area if you have the time, with golf and hill walking activities available in the surrounding area.

And best of all, the double car park is located right next to the beach, so no long walkies back to the car!

We would recommend bringing towels with you, we like our car interior clean!

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The Quarter

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Built in 1776, this beautiful Georgian country home is situated in Denny, in South Stirlingshire.

Owned by Pippa and Robin McLean, this luxurious B&B will serve as a well deserved rest for you and your pooch.

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Courtesy of The Quarter

This 19th century manor has hidden gems, including the original Georgian woodwork, window shutters and chimney pieces.
The house boasts three grand bedrooms, all en-suite. Two of the bedrooms are a double, and one is a twin, so the whole family can come if you are booking up.
You will be treated to a bowl of fruit on arrival, fresh flowers in your room and tea and coffee by your bedside. Each bed also has an electric blanket, perfect for a snuggly rest at night.

Wifi runs throughout the house, so you won’t feel too detatched from the modern times.

Breakfast is served in the dining area between 8am-9am, although Pippa can make special

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arrangements for you. You can guarantee you’ll be well fed, as a full Scottish breakfast is on the menu here.

The surrounding grounds cover almost 60 acres of fields and woodland, providing the perfect

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secluded getaway. Beautifully kept gardens surround the house, where you can enjoy a quiet afternoon playing together.

There are also riding stables nearby, fisheries and a fitness gym for any members of your party who aren’t partial to the country life.

Well situated, this B&B offers access to both big cities Glasgow and Edinburgh if you are interested in making any day trips.

The cost is £45 pp/per night, with any well behaved pets welcome on prior arrangement.

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Boiled Chicken and Rice Meal

Our little chef is suffering from a sore tummy.
Here is our perfect recipe to soothe your furry friends belly.

Like chicken soup makes you feel better, this will do the trick for your dog.

You will need

1 boneless chicken breast
1 cup of white rice

Have a listen to the instructions

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This is perfect for sore little bellies.

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Crieff Hydro

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The Crieff Hydro in Perthshire originally opened as The Crieff Hydropathic Establishment in 1868, founded by Dr Thomas Henry Meikle.

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The 4/5 star hotel is now run by fifth generation family members and employs over 500 members of staff. The Crieff Hydro boasts over 200 bedrooms, 50 self-catering properties and a dozen conference rooms. Over 60 facilities are currently available for both indoor and outdoor pursuits, including everything from archery to horse riding at the stables.

The hotel is extremely popular, bringing in people from all over the country and abroad to make use of the diverse facilities and admire the landscape.
And even better now that dogs are allowed to stay and eat at the Hydro with you.

Your furry friend can enjoy a stay with you either in a spacious and stylish executive studio or in one of the free standing self-catering cottages or chalets. These three and four star accommodation choices are perfect for those with dogs who want to get out and about with their best friend.
There are also self-service kennels available if you prefer for your companion to sleep outside.

These self-catering houses have five different dining outlets on sight, and provide just the right amount of privacy, whilst keeping you close to nearby activities.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery and a well stocked home, you have everything you need including the mod cons.

Nearby, the Clubhouse offers dogs the chance to come and grab a bite to eat with you. Situated on the

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golf course, the clubhouse is dog and child friendly, and will provide your fur baby with a bowl of water on arrival. They can sit out on the decking with you and enjoy a well earned rest.
The Clubhouse has an extensive menu, serving from breakfast until dinner, with food starting at £1.25. They also have an impressive shop full of local produce christened the ‘wee larder’ which is a popular choice with tourists.

The Murraypark Hotel, sister hotel to the Creiff Hydro is also dog friendly, and has both rooms for you and your friend to stay in, as well as letting your friend lie by the fireplace as you enjoy a quiet meal in their bistro.

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There are plenty of activities that you and your dog can undertake. However, we have been advised that walkies up ‘The Knock’ or the rather large hill that Crieff sits on is the best walk for dogs and owners. The highest peak offers panoramic views of the rich scenery surrounding the Hydro, while the lower levels are mainly woodland paths and would be more suited to families with children.

A well respected country hotel would be the last place we would think of as being dog friendly, however The Crieff Hydro is keeping many a man and his best friend together.

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The Roman Fort & Bath House at Antonine’s Wall

The roman fort and bath house is situated atop Bar Hill in Twechar.
The fort and separate bath house was built as part of Antonine’s Wall, erected between AD142-144, and running the best part of 60 km.

Construction began on the commands of the roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, the wall and fort made3_3e9850cb2b
of stone and turf and taking 12 years to finish.
It is thought due to the strategic placement of the fort, the roman soldiers who occupied it would have been monitoring and controlling the movement of people and goods in the surrounding areas.
The Bar Hill fort provides stunning, panoramic views of the unspoilt countryside, surrounding town and Campsie Fells, with the view stretching as far back as the high-rise flats of Glasgow city.

The site was part of an excavation project between 1979-1982 which exposed the fort and bathing house near Antonine’s wall.

The excavation gave an excellent visual sense of what both the fort and bath house would have looked like, and its positioning back when it was first constructed.
Extensive research has since gone into discovering the layout of each side, and plaques are now situated at the site to provide a rough guide of each buildings layout.

Down from the barr hill fort is Antonine’s Wall, an extensive ditch which carries on through to the surrounding town of Kilsyth. The build was similar to Hadrian’s wall in the South, but has not preserved as well, with less remains evident.


Following Antonine’s wall will take you further up to a preserved Iron Age site, on display at the highest summit.
Access to Antonine’s wall is via a pedestrian walking path in Twechar. Starting at a war memorial, the path passes by farmhouses and private fields before reaching a water reservoir and veering off to the left over a hill. The site is excellent for hill walkers, with steep and difficult terrain.
If you are taking your dog, then they must be kept on a leash while taking the pedestrian pathway, as open fields contain farm animals.

Excellent for days out and picnics, it is a quiet area with only the occasional hill walker passing by. A perfect day out for the whole family, providing an education experience for children, who may even be learning about the roman empire at school.
As long as you pack food (and a treat for getting to the top) this is a great family adventure.

If you are bringing your dog, we would advise you bring water, as Holly was exhausted after her walkies here.

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The Pelican Cafe

The Pelican Cafe is an award winning restaurant located in Glasgow’s trendy West End.
Situated directly opposite Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries, it is a popular place amongst students and shoppers.

The Pelican Cafe is tucked between an array of shops and cafes on Argyle Street, but the  dog friendly sticker on the window was enough to draw us inside.
Upon entering we approached a member of bar staff to be seated, who became rather flustered at the sight of Holly despite the dog-friendly sign, and promptly told us to sit next to the window so Holly could sit in the corner out of the way.

We sat at a wooden table at the window, which provided striking views of the museum and art galleries, and also allowed for people watching in the warm weather.
A friendly waitress took our drinks order straight away.

2526383594Despite the shaky start, the atmosphere within the restaurant is calm and relaxing. There is a continental charm to the decor; lashings of creams, reds and browns, with luxurious deep-red leather booths at the back of the restaurant, and wooden tables towards the front for more of a cafe feel whilst people watching.
While there is little lighting, the fairy lights draped above the booths make you feel like you are in Spain, and the mellow jazz and South American music only adds to the atmosphere.

Bottles of wine are stored and stacked on display ready for opening, with great pricing.

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Our food order is taken and Holly has sat up on a chair, idly chewing on a treat while she if often fawned over by customers coming in and out.
Out of the bustle of the kitchen, a member of staff who I can only imagine is the manager or owner, comes out to greet us and is extremely friendly towards Holly, telling us of his own pet dogs he owns, dispelling any reservations we had about how welcomed dogs were in the restaurant.

The kitchen faces onto the restaurant, and through the servants hatch the buzz within is on show. The restaurant is filled with the aroma of fresh cooking, just enough to make you desperate for your meal to arrive.

Our waitress is attentive and friendly, delivering our meals and checking on our drinks, popping over to the table every so often to ensure we are enjoying ourselves.

Our food is well presented and smells as delicious as it tastes.
This restaurant prides itself on sourcing it’s core produce locally, ethically and from top quality producers. Their speciality is seafood, however there are a great number of meat dishes, vegetarian and vegan options, and also a childrens menu for families. Children and dogs are allowed into the restaurant until 8pm, although food is served continuously until 10pm.

Blowing all nearby competition out of the water, the delicious food is more than competitively priced starting at £4, but still of great quality. Drinks are also on the cheaper side, not beefing up your bill unless you are buying wine.

There is an upscale West End feel to this restaurant. The atmosphere is mellow and relaxing,
with people quietly talking beneath the music.
Not only does the location provide views of Kelvingrove museum and art gallery but the gardens outside make a fantastic place to take your furry friend for a walk before or after your meal.


We did have a lovely time, the food definitely made up for the initial welcome.
And Holly was all puffed out after her walkies and treats.


TIP: No doggy bowls or treats on offer here, so best to bring your own.

We recommend: Wild Scottish Mushroom Tart, Tarragon Crust and Poached Egg £5

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The Bungo Bar and Kitchen

Tucked away in the Southside of Glasgow, The Bungo Bar and Kitchen offers chic casual dining for couples, friends, students, families and best of all dogs!


The Bungo is part of a successful trio including The Left Bank in Glasgow’s West End and The Two Figs on Byres Road.
Opening in 2011, this trendy bar and kitchen is tucked away on Nithsdale Road,  South of the River Clyde. Its location is an unusual choice for an establishment with a West End vibe, however this hasn’t deterred customers, with the bar area and booths packed upon our arrival.

There is a friendly buzz in the air; laughter and chatter flowing freely, food and drinks zipping past and the aroma of fresh cooking coming from the kitchen. This is definitely an upscale venue, with an eloquent mix of customers. Already, a few dogs are sprinkled amongst the booths, quietly enjoying treats or a nap on the floor.

We are seated very quickly in an open booth area, and Holly is promptly brought water and dog food before our order is taken by an attentive member of staff.

The decor is rustic chic; a palette of browns and greens. The booth area is a combination of sumptuous

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 brown leather and thick green cushioning, comfortable and at a perfect height for the wooden pub-like tables. Wooden picnic-esque tables lining the window, exposed stone walls and baskets of fruit adorning the bar, manage to create the atmosphere of a country club bar.

This minimalist decor is perfect for the upscale dining and cocktails served daily until 10pm, and provides a great escape from the not-so-fancy industrial-era buildings less than a minutes walk from this contemporary retreat.

The long and very-busy bar is the only modern looking addition to The Bungo.

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Courtesy of The Bungo

Freshly made, intricate cocktails were continuously mixed during our visit and a plethora of brands were on show for customers to choose.
The stainless steel bar top provided the modern touch, but sitting up at the bar on a sunny day sipping mint and honey daiquiris would soon make you forget your were in Glasgow’s South side.
Bar staff were quick and efficient, sending out drink orders as quickly as they came in.

Our fresh food arrives, causing a greedy Holly to jump onto the seat as if awaiting a napkin to be tied around her. The portions are perfectly sized, the food is delicious and the prices are affordable.

We were encouraged by staff to relax and enjoy drinks after our meal, which came as a lovely surprise!
This refreshing attitude is a stark comparison to many an establishment who want you out to get the next lot in as soon as your fork hits the plate.

The Bungo also has a separate function room available for hire, and plays host to events from acoustic gigs to stand up. Children are also welcome until 8pm and the extensive menu will have something to suit everyone including small snacks starting from £2.75.
Drinks are a little more pricey, and will beef up your bill, so go easy if you are dining on a budget.


We had a lovely afternoon, and even if you don’t have a dog, we would recommend you pop by.

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Our recommendation: Lemongrass Thai Fishcakes with a Lime and Chilli Dip (£5.95)
& a refreshing iced lemon tea.

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The Stables

On the outskirts of Kirkintilloch, located at the side of the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Stables is your perfect family and dog friendly pub.

Built in 1812 to house horses working on the nearby canal, this old building has developed into a popular country pub and restaurant, complete  with great views of the Firth of Clyde, the rolling Campsie hills and idyllic scenery.

The pub itself is a rustic affair,  looking every inch the charming countryside pub  from outside.
A perfectly cut garden with benches leads up to the front door, guiding you inside the warm reception area to await seating.
A wash of oranges and browns, the dining area provides that   ‘countryside feeling’, while a roaring log fire adds to the rural atmosphere.
Minimilist wooden tables sit amongst a well lit dining and pub area, while draped curtains encourage comfort and a feeling of being at home.

Standard pub grub is available if you prefer your old favourites, while the fixed price menu with 2 courses for £8.50 until 5pm is a popular choice.

This is a family friendly pub, with a children’s menu, but many local families come on a Sunday to tuck into a delicious Sunday roast – minus the dishes.
A variety of drinks and wines are on offer at competitive prices.

Our furry friends aren’t allowed in the restaurant area, however the beer garden is where they are welcomed with water and a dog bowl at the side of the establishment.
The beer garden, overlooking the canal and unspoilt scenery is a popular place to stop for a spot of lunch or ice cold drink during the summer months.

Sheltered tables and picnic benches are situated in the beer garden, a favourite stop over for cyclists and walkers who can gain access to the garden from the canal path.

While outside, you can enjoy watching the riverboats travel up and down the canal – perhaps even catch a ride with one!
After you’ve enjoyed your food and drinks, you can enjoy a hearty walk along the canal with your furry friend.

On a warm summer’s day, the beer garden is locally known as a hot spot, so be sure to get down there early to guarantee yourself a seat.
Recommended booking in advance for a table in the restaurant area.



Our recommendation: Falafel Wrap £4.95 and an ice cold cider

TIP: Bring treats for your dog, as only water is on offer here!

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The 13th Note

Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Argyle Street, The 13th Note is the perfect place to stop and grab a drink or a bite to eat.

And with ‘dog friendly’ in the window and a gleaming plaque above the door, we simply had to go in!

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Courtesy of Gill Davies

Upon entering the cafe, the sumptuous booths were all occupied, proving this is a popular retreat. Spacious and air conditioned, The 13th Note provides the perfect escape from the hot summer sun. Large windows running the length of the cafe wash the bar in light, adding to an already apparent bright and friendly atmosphere.
We headed to the bar to order drinks and let Holly have a rest on the cool wooden floors.
The bar staff are more than attentive, instantly greeting us and taking our order before one by one cooing over Holly. In fact, a doggy water bowl and treats arrived before our drinks (which Holly was more than pleased about).

This bar and cafe has a welcoming atmosphere, with a variety of people from families to students scattered around the bar, booths and cafe area enjoying food and drinks.

If they have regulars, they certainly don’t make you feel unwelcome!

The 13th Note is a vegetarian and vegan cafe, with an extensive menu of fresh meat free food available – starting at just £2 for snacks. For those stopping for lunch, £5 for a Budvar, burger and bun is a popular choice with the punters.

If meat free food isn’t your thing then visit for the great drinks offers available – £1.95 for an after-work bottle of Becks, or £3.95 for a Spring cocktail in-between shopping.

The cafe is a chic affair, sporting art and fairy lights strung above the tables. This area is separate from the bar and booth area which has more of a student feel, equipped with a foosball table and puggy machine.

Contemporary music played all afternoon enhancing the friendly and light atmosphere.

The 13th Note transforms at night into a music venue, with a 100 capacity area downstairs for gigs. It also plays host to art exhibitions, drawing the attention of people from all walks of life.

Just down from the St Enoch shopping centre, and opposite a car park, this bar and cafe is easily accessible and welcomes children until 6.30pm if you’ve been out for a hard day’s shopping.

The 13th Note is open from 12 noon until 12 midnight, seven days a week.

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We had a lovely time in The 13th Note, and were made to feel quite at home.
I have also been assured they have everything from blankets to poop bags to take care of you and your canine friend.

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