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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

Our rating

BONES 5

 

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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!

Our rating

BONES 5

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EcoCamp Glenshee

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The EcoCamp at Glenshee in Perthshire is for the outdoor lovers amongst us!
The camp offers all year round pod accommodation for you and your furry friend in all weathers.

These insulated pods come with heating and electricity, and will do you even in the coldest of winters.

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Courtesy of EcoCamp Glenshee

The luxury wooden homes each have individual comfy matresses for up to five people per pod. The camp also provide fleecy blankets for indoors, and charge £2 a night for a sleeping bag if you happen to forget your own!

Your furry friend can sleep in the snuggly pod with you, no need to banish him to the kennels.

This camp is situated in Glenshee providing stunning views of the rolling hills and surrounding farmland.

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Courtesy of EcoCamp Glenshee

You and fido can head out for some hearty walks along the farm lands, as long as you keep him on a leash to prevent from scaring livestock. Highland cows roam the nearby lands, and are know to charge if spooked by cheeky little doggies.

A pick-up service is now an option for those who want to come for walkies. Stopping at the camp, hill walkers can climb aboard the service to civilisation in the afternoon.
Or if you decide to come without your friend, you can indulge yourself in llama trekking, where you can visit the local llamas and go hillwalking for £20 per person.

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EcoCamp Glenshee serve locally sourced, organic produce on their site, and can provide food for all meal times. The communal cooking area is the stone built Bothy with a woodburner on hand. The Bothy is complete with food storage areas, perfect for family style meal times.
You may even see the chickens running around – the free range eggs supplied at the camp.

While this may be luxury camping, it is still camping. Only for the adventurers, pampered pooches won’t take too well to the mud and a not so pretty hose down.

Our rating

BONES 4

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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.

Our Rating

BONES 4

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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
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1 boneless chicken breast
1 cup of white rice

Have a listen to the instructions

Our rating

BONES 5

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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Courtesy of Crieff Hydro

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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Courtesy of Crieff Hydro

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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Courtesy of Crieff Hydro

Our rating

BONES 5

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LoKal Burgers & Beer

Located in sunny Miami, Florida, LoKal Burgers and Beer in Coconut Grove is a hands down winner with dog lovers and sun worshipers.

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Courtesy of LoKal Burgers & Beer

The burger joint opened in 2011 with a massive launch drawing in customers and dogs from all over the Miami area.

Owned by a foodie couple, one cooks and the other studied nutrition, LoKal Burgers and Beer pride themselves on their produce.
All ingredients are locally sourced and supplied from farms, dairies and brewers to highlight the wealth of produce that comes straight from the sunshine state.

The owners are there every step of the process, from suppliers to table and value great food. Each burger patty is is ground down by hand and pressed before being freshly cooked and served.

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Courtesy of Lokal Burgers and Beer

The restaurant also prides itself on being green, opening as the first restaurant in the Miami-Dade county area to use solar and wind power to operate on 100% clean and reneable energy.

There is an emphasis on recycling and restoring items, used through the decor such as this indoor sign made from recycled corks.

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Courtesy of LoKal Burgers and Beer

The best part of this locally sourced, fresh, and green restaurant is it is dog friendly!
In fact the house dog YeYo often makes an appearance at the front door to greet
customers and their furry friends.

There is even a seperate menu which your dog can order from with dishes such as Maramaduke’s Meatloaf and YeYo’s Chicken and Rice, while Bowser Beer is on offer for a refreshment for $5.
Doggy biscuits and water are on the house if your pet has already come fed and watered.

The menu has a variety of different dishes, and even goes as far to tell you exactly where your dinner came from and what livestock have been fed.

If you just stop by for a drink, then you can choose from an electric range of locally sourced beers and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in this wonderful hang-out.

This video is more representative of the fun to be had working and dining at LoKal Burgers and Beer.

Our rating

BONES 5

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Canis Resort

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To the North of Munich, Germany is the Canis Resort for dogs.
This 24/7 service opened in 2008 after popular demand from owners to give their dogs the ultimate pampering experience, while their owners are away on business.

This hotel, unlike many dog-friendly hotels has a no humans policy and is strictly what it says on the tin – a dog hotel.

Fur babies lucky enough to be staying in this luxury accommodation are assigned a professional dog

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Courtesy of Canis Resort

sitter, available 24/7 for all the attention any pooch could dream of!
This modern building is equipped with heated lodgings for your dog to stay, a 360 sq metre field for playing and training, designer grooming and gourmet food.

Personal fitness coaches are on hand if your friend is in for fitness rehab and can work with your greedy playmate to design an individual fitness and diet plan.

If your friend needs more training, professional trainers are available to put your pet through his or hers paces and teach you some useful hints and tips for maintaining obedience.
You can enjoy individual or leash training for €80 per hour.

A wealth of services such as physiotherapy ( €60/hour) and grooming treatments (starting from €50/hour) are available daily.

1 day and 1 night will cost you €80, but if your furry friend is in need of some well deserved r+r then this is the place to go.

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Courtesy of Canis Resort

Our Rating

BONES 4

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Palazzo Versace Hotel

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Courtesy of The Palazzo Versace Hotel

The Palazzo Versace hotel has launched the VIP ‘Very Important Pooch’ package for dog lovers in Australia’s Gold Coast.

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Courtesy of The Palazzo Versace Hotel

The 5 star hotel is the first fashion branded hotel offering this type of service – possibly thanks to Donatella and her love for pet pooch Audrey.

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Courtesy of The Palazzo Versace Hotel

This elite and sophisticated hotel has created this package for dog owners who miserably hand their dogs over to kennels before heading off on their holiday.

And this doggy haven offers the same luxury stay and quality service that humans receive in this exclusive resort.

The special accommodation sleeps two humans and one pampered pooch.

A palazzo versace futon pet bed awaits your dog, as well as Versace crystal food and water bowls.
Specially tailored room service is available, and well as a pet gift menu and the chance to purchase doggy couture at a special price.
Your pooch can also enjoy dining with you at fine dining restaurant Vie.
And for those of you exclaiming Legally Blonde, you’d be on track – walkies with the concierge and dog sitting are both available.

Truly the ultimate indulgence with no expense spared, the price has to match the service at
£351 per night, plus a surcharge of £55 to add an extra pet.

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Courtesy of The Palazzo Versace Hotel

While this dog friendly package permits your dog to stay, your furry friend is not allowed in the indoor dining areas, pool area or hotel lifts.

However, owners will be relieved to hear that a dog friendly beach, park and shopping outlet is nearby so you can both spend the day together.

We don’t know about you, but we are liking the sounds of this VIP package!

NOTE: Only dogs under 20kg can be offered the VIP package.

Our rating

BONES 4

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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.

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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.

Our rating

BONES 4

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