Dog-Friendly Beaches in
Scotland and Northern England
Enjoying the sun, sea and sand with your four-legged friend
Most of us enjoy the feeling of sand beneath our feet, and that’s true for the four-legged friends in our families too. What could be better for your pet than a long run on the beach, chasing the waves and playing fetch with the water? That’s why we’ve outlined our favourite dog-friendly beaches in Scotland and Northern England below.
South East Scotland
There are a huge variety of beaches close to our four parks in South East Scotland, including Pease Bay which can be accessed directly from any holiday home on our Park of the same name!
Pease Bay is a beautiful location with cliffs surrounding the sand, and a passage leading to Cove’s secret beach! With the park directly on the bay, there are facilities a plenty, including an area to sit with your pet and enjoy the gorgeous food that the Smuggler’s Bay offers, a shop and play area.
Coldingham Bay and Scoutscroft are both within walking distance of the stunning Coldingham Sands too! This beautiful beach with its beach huts and beachside café is like something out of a postcard and recently retained its Scottish Beach Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful!
Thurston Manor is in the East Lothian countryside, but offers sea views from parts of the park! Within a 30 minute drive, you will find amazing beaches including Whitesands, Dunbar, Yellowcraigs. The nearby John Muir Country park boasts amazing walking routes for dogs with access to both woodland and beach – what more could you want?
South West Scotland
Viewfield Manor is nestled in the Ayrshire countryside, just a 20-minute drive to the beach. The closest beach to the park is Irvine beach with breathtaking views out to the Isle of Arran. The beach is bordered by the Irvine beach park, which is part of Stage 8 of the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
Nearby Saltcoats also provides a great beach for those with dogs throughout the year. The beach joins the towns of Saltcoats and Ardrossan and there are plenty of areas to sit back and enjoy the view, with many cafes and play areas for the family to enjoy.
North East England
Riverside Leisure park is nestled in the foot of the Northumberland National Park, just a short distance from the Northumberland coast. Within 20 minutes you can enjoy the coast in the most northern town in England, Berwick Upon Tweed. This picturesque beach features pier complete with lighthouse and the town is an ideal place for history buffs due to its role in English and Scottish history. Your pooch will love chasing the waves and splashing in the mouth of one of England’s most famous rivers, the River Tweed.
Looking for something a little less tourist lead? Nearby Goswick beach is a hidden gem of a beach just a few miles from Riverside. With miles of sandy beach to run down and an incredible view of Holy Island, it’s the ideal place for a run around for you and your dog!
Another amazing location close by is the beach and harbour of nearby Bamburgh and Seahouses! These towns are a hit with tourists due to the impressive Bamburgh castle that overshadows Bamburgh beach! The harbour at Seahouses is the ideal place for a lunch of fish and chips during your walk along the Northumberland coastal path which links the two towns.
Is the countryside more of your pooch’s thing? No fear, our holiday parks in the Durham Dales are ideal for those who prefer to stay a little more inland! Heather View is ideal for those looking for a breakaway and Kingfisher, our owner’s only park offers the ideal countryside retreat for you and your pooch to return to whenever you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Our Customers Testimonials
Here's what some of our happy customers have to say.
We had a great mid week break at Thurston Manor. We stayed in a lodge which was outstanding! All staff were very friendly and helpful. I have recommended Verdant Leisure parks to other people. We will be back .
Murray Family , Thurston Manor
We booked the caravan to visit nearby family and required dog friendly accommodation. The caravan was basic, but clean. The campsite was pleasant to walk round and we found some lovely dog walks around the edges. Due to COVID we didn't experience the full facilities but would recommend to friends and family.
Mrs Davies, Thurston Manor
Excellent site. Caravan was very clean. Will definitely book another holiday.
Mrs Munro , Thurston Manor
We had a lovely holiday, the lodge was cleaned to an excellent standard and felt very safe in the park. Would definitely come again.
Mrs Morland , Thurston Manor
Service was brilliant. After problems with the gas boiler staff couldn't have done enough to help us and especially giving us vouchers we really appreciated it.
Miss Jenkins , Viewfield Manor
Enjoyed our 2 night stay. Friendly, helpful staff. Clean amenities. Only a short stroll from the touring site to the club house, swimming pool and entertainment. All good.
Mrs Gaze , Riverside
An excellent value for money camping pod. We usually wild camp so a pod is luxury for us! The pod was larger than expected and the toilet and shower block were exceptionally clean and kept clean. A great base for us with access to great walking in The Cheviots and Northumberland Coast.
Mrs Clancy , Riverside
Camping pods have everything you could want. Compact, very cosy and spotlessly clean. Would highly recommend.
Mr Kelly , Queensberry Bay
Enjoyed my stay, weather good,relaxing just not long enough will definitely be back.
Mrs Scott, Queensberry Bay
Loved every minute, pods were spotless, great value, staff excellent and in a beautiful location, can't ask for more. Will definitely be back.