We understand that many people want to go on holiday or travel to their holiday home with the whole family, including their dog! Read our handy guide to making the most out of dog friendly holidays in the UK.
First and foremost, before you go anywhere with your dog you should check their vaccinations are up to date, and if your pet has any medication you should ensure you have enough supplies of it for your break.
1. Choose the ideal dog-friendly location
When considering where to take your four-legged friend on holiday, make sure you select a true dog-friendly option rather than a place in which dogs are merely allowed - make sure your pet will be welcomed and will be able to enjoy himself.
2. Research, research, research
Research things to do in the local area for you and your pooch. From walks to long beaches for stretching those legs and feeling the sand under their paws.
3. Pack all the essentials
Your dog might not be happy if you leave his or her favourite toy behind! Also don’t forget the lead, blanket, bed and food bowls! Remember to bring your usual dog food too, now is not the time to change your dog’s diet and your usual brand may not be as easily available in the area you are travelling too.
4. Pack ice cubes
The ideal doggy treat, especially on a hot day. Store them in a bottle and once they melt to water you’ll have a handy cold drink for your pet too!
5. Travel safely
The highway code recommends that your pet is kept on a harness during every journey, so it is harder to distract the driver.
6. Keep them in the back
Airbags can be dangerous for dogs, just as for children, so keep your dog out of range. Dogs are also more likely to cause a distraction if they're up front near to the driver.
To take a look at our range of dog friendly holiday locations across Scotland and northern England here.
7. Stop frequently
Toilet breaks are a must for all dogs, your bladder might be better than your pets so remember to stop frequently, plus if this is the first time travelling so far with your dog, they may need more regular toilet breaks than usual!
8. Talk often
Speaking to your dog, just as you probably do at home frequently, is the ideal way of keeping them happy and calm during any journey.
9. Avoid leaving your pet on its own
It might panic and cause a disruption. This also applies once on park in our holiday accommodation, especially if it’s the first time visiting that holiday home or park.
10. Be prepared when you get to the park
Please make sure you have everything ready before opening the car! We don’t want your pet getting lost in a place unfamiliar to them, it would be scary and potentially dangerous.
11. Give your dog time
Allow your dog to get used to their new surroundings once on the park and familiarise themselves with the accommodation and new environment.
12. Remember to bring the mess bags
Just like you would at home, you are expected to clean up after your dog on our parks. If you forget your mess bags we are likely to have some in our shop on park, or at reception.
Most importantly, enjoy yourselves and enjoy the time spent with the entire family! Take yourself and your pooch off to visit the sights, long walks and relax as they chase the waves on local beaches or paddle in our nearby rivers. Take lots of photos too, we love to see your four-legged friends and their families enjoying themselves on our parks’ social media pages!
Our Customers Testimonials
Here's what some of our happy customers have to say.
We hired two lodges, one with a hot tub which my son, wife and toddler used and a standard 2 bed lodge for ourselves. Both lodges were a good size, well equipped and spotlessly clean. Booking staff were patient and helpful coping with our requests for lodge changes at the time of booking. Our holiday experience from start to finish was five star.
Mrs Andrew, Erigmore
Just had three nights in a beautiful lodge by the lake which was bigger and more equipped than our house, apart from kitchen utensils. No grater or colander or mixing spoons so cooking wasn't straightforward. That aside what a fantastic place, fishing and swimming and great night entertainment. Definitely will go again.
Mrs Wilson , Thurston Manor
Just returned from Thurston Manor and we had a lovely time. Key collection was prompt as we were provided a slot for collection which was perfect. On arrival into our Deluxe 2 bedroom lodge it was cosy and clean and I liked the fact that all crockery, glasses and cutlery were in the dishwasher having just been washed so I knew they were clean...
Mrs Brown , Thurston Manor
...We stayed in a Lakeside lodge which was a bit far from main entertainment facilities which you are advised when you book, but the location for us was perfect as we travelled with our two dogs. There are two beautiful beaches a short drive away so that was where we spent our time with our dogs. We had a slight issue with our television when we arrived which was promptly rectified by a lovely member of staff who went the extra mile to help us. We will have no hesitation in returning, lovely site and great 4 day break.
Mrs Brown, Thurston Manor
Another lovely stay at Queensbury Bay cannot fault anything. Spotlessly clean caravan and really nice bar restaurant, staff could not have been more pleasant. We will be returning.
Mrs Dean , Queensberry Bay
Loved staying here, service excellent we will be back for sure.
Mrs Jennings , Riverside
This is a lovely clean and well maintained site which is ideal for a tranquil break. Great heating system for bad weather and lots of hot water. There are teabags, coffee, milk and sugar for a cuppa on arrival. Beds are comfy and made up for arrival, both bedding and towels are pristine and of good quality. The caravans are a reasonable distance apart and are divided between trees and bushes so you don't feel to close to your neighbour. There is a picnic bench outside each caravan so you can enjoy a drink or a meal outdoors when the weather is good...
Mrs Clarke, Riverside
...Staff could not be any more helpful or friendly and any problem/query is resolved quickly and efficiently. Nothing is to much trouble. Great location for wildlife and children will love to see the many wild rabbits feeding between the caravans. The ducks wander the site and will arrive on parade at your doorstep looking for food. Great location to visit the rest of Northumberland or even to visit Scotland. Ideal for families or walkers alike. Enjoyed our stay so much we returned for another stay 3 weeks later and are looking forward to our next stay.
Mrs Clarke, Riverside
We had an amazing week, loved it so much we bought a caravan here so can't wait for plenty more weekends here.
Mrs Hunter, Riverside
Once again we arrived back at this lovely location for a few days visiting the area alongside some lovely walking in the areas. This park is very well maintained and the staff on reception are friendly. We always try to book a few times of the year to visit this area and the various caravans we have hired are lovely and cleaned also well maintained.
Mr Niven , Coldingham Bay