Visit Angus | A Dog Friendly Destination

This is an advert for March 2022. Please check the Visit Angus website for the most up to date information when making plans. Photo credits : Visit Angus. 

Visit Angus | A Dog Friendly Destination

We spent a long weekend in Angus in January 2022 and had such a lovely time (check out our 11 reasons to visit here). We travelled on the weekend before we brought our Cockapoo puppy Fozzy home for the first time and I must admit, I did spend a lot of the weekend wishing we'd been able to bring him.

We found Angus to be super dog-friendly and it is somewhere we will definitely return with Fozzy at some point. If you're looking for a dog-friendly staycation destination, this post is for you and will share a few of the highlights you can experience when visiting Angus with your canine companions. 

10 Reasons to Visit Angus with Dogs 

1 - Follow a ready made itinerary for dog friendly adventures 

The lovely folk at Visit Angus have put together a ready made 3 day itinerary for dog adventures in Angus. Perfect for last minute trips or for those breaks when you don't want to think about or plan anything. The itinerary is part of The Angus Tour and includes places to stay, dine and visit and is super easy to follow and navigate. 

All of the places mentioned in the itinerary have been tried and tested by dogs and you can be sure of a warm welcome. You can access the dog-friendly itinerary here.  

2 - Or pick and choose your own adventure 

If following a set itinerary isn't for you or perhaps you plan to stay in Angus a little longer, it's very easy to plan your own dog-friendly adventure.  You can pick and choose ideas from The Angus Tour itinerary and visit the dog-friendly section of the Visit Angus website. You will be spoilt for choice with things to do and places to visit with your pooch. 

3 - Dog friendly cafes and restaurants 

We found there to be a good range of dog-friendly places to eat during our time in Angus, ranging from cosy pubs to first class restaurants and homely cafes, there is something for all tastes and budgets. 

Dogs are welcome in the Cairn O'Mount Bar at Forbes of Kingennie which is where we enjoyed the beautiful Scallop and King Prawn dish shared in the photo above (still thinking about it now to be honest).

Dogs can join guests on the terrace overlooking the lake or inside the bar area by the fire. The bar goes above and beyond to welcome dogs with their very own 'Pampered Pooch' station where you'll find complimentary dog treats and fresh water. 

4 - Take a dog friendly farm tour 

We love farm visit but tend to find that dogs are usually excluded from this kind of adventure. So I was over the moon when I spotted that a Newton Farm Tour was included in The Angus Tour as one of their recommended dog-friendly adventures. 

Newton Farm is a real working farm and visitors can book onto a farm tour and will get the chance to hand-feed cows, sheep and goats, meet Lucy the Micro-pig and even collect eggs from the hens. In the Spring, you can bottle feed lambs too. Farm tours need to be booked in advance, dogs go free but do mention you'll be bringing a dog on booking. 

5 - Epic walks 

Glen Clova 

If you enjoy taking long walks with your dog, there are plenty of options to choose from in Angus. The walk through Glen Esk up to the Queen's Well Monument is recommended in The Angus Tour as being perfect for a canine companion. The walking time is around 5 hour 40 minutes for this one. 

Or Glen Clova (pictured above) is a lovely area for hill walking and the Glen Clova Hotel welcomes dogs in both their restaurant and bar and has dog-friendly bedrooms with extra towels and water bowls. Sounds like an ideal spot to stop off after a hike. 

6 - Or relaxing strolls..... 

If you're more of a gentle stroll kind of family, Angus offers a wide selection of shorter walks suitable for dogs too. I love the look of Shakin Brig (shaking bridge) - a suspension bridge that crosses the River Esk and can easily be reached via Edzell's High Street.

As well as braving the shaking bridge, dogs can enjoy splashing in the calm and peaceful river here, you can skim stones and walk through the nearby woodland. Sounds like bliss and it really does look like a beautiful spot. 

7 - Dog friendly accommodation 

From luxury resorts and country estates to welcoming B&Bs, cottages, glamping huts, caravans and even castles, there is a wide range of dog-friendly accommodation options in Angus - you can see the full list here. 

We stayed in a luxury self catering lodge at Forbes of Kingennie which was brilliant for dogs. As well as the dog-friendly bar mentioned earlier, you will find spacious dog-friendly lodges and various walks straight from your door around the resort's lakes. 

8 - Use the Visit Angus app 

The Visit Angus app is free to download and we found it to be super helpful both when planning our trip and when we were staying in the region. 

You'll find a direct link to The Angus Tour dog-friendly adventure itinerary, maps, further reading about the places you are visiting, EV charging point locations, recommended places to eat and more. 

9 - Lots of dog friendly attractions 

I am really pleased to see that lots of attractions in Angus welcome dogs and there are some indoor options for places to visit if the weather takes a turn for the worse. 

Dogs are welcome aboard the Caledonian Railway, can visit all areas of the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre (pictured above) and can even join you on a fishing or sightseeing boat trip with Inchcape Marine Services. 

10 - Don't miss a trip to Montrose

Montrose was one of our favourite areas of Angus and if you're planning a trip to the region, I'd definitely try and include a visit here if you can.

It's brilliant for dogs who are welcome at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Montrose Beach which looks stunning and features a nice circular walk with a viaduct, you can take one of the five recommended walks around Montrose Basin (pictured above) which is an important haven for wildlife and can explore the extensive grounds, formal gardens and cafe at House of Dun. 

If you are looking for something a little different, Montrose is home to Roo's Leap, a dog-friendly Australian restaurant with laid back dining and a creative menu, locally sourced ingredients and over 50 dishes including vegan and vegetarian options. Dogs are welcome to join diners in the bar area and lounge. 

Angus is somewhere we found to be very welcoming to dogs. Definitely somewhere that is dog-friendly rather than dog tolerant. All of the people we met were lovely and like I said in my opening paragraph, it's a place we will return to again at some point. 


1 comment

  1. Finally, I've discovered a wonderful dog-friendly area! Thank you for sharing. I'll definitely pay Angus a visit soon.


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