The city of Edinburgh in Scotland ranks as the most dog friendly staycation destination, according to a guide published in Tails.com.
‘Ruff’ Guide: The Search for the UK’s Most Dog Friendly Holiday by Tails.com takes 28 of the most popular UK holiday destinations and then uses seven criteria to determine which locations offer the most for dogs (and their owners).
With data showing that 60% of dog owners planning their holidays around their pets, the UK is definitely on its way to becoming more and more pet friendly.
Edinburgh’s ranking took into account the fact that it had over 300 pet friendly Airbnb’s listed as well as 14 green spaces, 160 dog friendly places to eat, 85 veterinarians in the city, one dog friendly attraction and 90 dog sitters. However, despite the city being near the sea, it had zero dog friendly beaches. Edinburgh’s score totalled 650.
The ranking also did not account for other holiday rental site listings which could be dog friendly.
Rounding out the top three are Oxford and Bournemouth.
The island of Anglesey in Wales ranked at the top for dog friendly beaches and green spaces with 26 and 17, respectively.
Meanwhile, Newquay and Blackpool had the most dog friendly pubs, bars and restaurants to choose from.
Head veterinarian at Tails.com Sean Mccormack said, “Any dog-parent will tell you that a holiday with your pooch is simply unbeatable. And with the scrappage of the EU Pet Passport, it’s likely that more and more dog owners will be choosing dog-friendly holidays in the UK.”
Straight from the dog traveller’s mouth
“Having visited many of the cities at the top of Tails.com, I can indeed confirm that these cities are dog friendly! I’ve left my mark and have been to pubs, cafes and shops in the top five cities: Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Oxford, Bath and Cheltenham.”
For those who are planning on taking a staycation, getting around the UK is straightforward with trains around the country being free of charge. Each human is able to take two dogs each on a train.
For those who have a car, getting around the UK is even simpler. However, if you wish to visit Northern Ireland, you must take a ferry to across the water. Each of these ferries has their own rules with dogs so be sure to check the ferry booking site for more details.
While in many of these cities, feel free to take the local buses around with your pooch as pets are welcome, free of charge.
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