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5 Dog-Friendly Pubs and Eateries in Dumfries and Galloway

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

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Travelling with your pet may seem stressful to plan out. Luckily, Scotland is known as a dog-friendly destination offering attractions like castles and beaches which welcome furry friends with arms wide open. While many people consider which activities to take their dogs to, it's also necessary to properly plan out which dog-friendly pubs and eateries your furry family member can visit.

Below are five of the top dog-friendly bars/restaurants in Dumfries and Galloway, a tucked away, picturesque, dog-loving area in the south west of Scotland.



The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel in Thornhill


The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel is a beautiful location almost fully dog-friendly. While dogs are not allowed in the main/front restaurant, they are allowed in the bar/smaller restaurant. The main bar area has a comfortable atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for lunch and a drink or two. This restaurant focuses on seasonal/local dishes, with vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options.


Frothy Bike Co in Dumfries


Frothy Bike Co. is a great option if you're in the mood for a unique cafe spot. The owner of this eatery created the cafe with his love for bikes in mind. This spot is part coffee shop/restaurant and part bike shop, with bikes available for rent during the day. This cafe is open for breakfast and lunch every day (except Wednesdays). Dog owners and their pups can come to hang out at the cafe and order from a menu of healthy items, like smoothies, soups, and sandwiches. There's also a kid's menu for travelling families. This is the perfect spot for a good cup of coffee and a bite to eat between exploring national scenic areas and local mountain biking spots.


Masonic Arms, Gatehouse of Fleet


Masonic Arms is situated in Gatehouse of Fleet, a town beloved by sporty individuals and tourists. This dog-friendly pub and hotel lies in a unique building built by local masons in the late 1700s. Masonic Arms has three dining areas: the Sunroom, the Beer Garden, and the bar. Dogs are allowed in the Beer Garden and bar area here. Expect items like marinated duck breast and fish and chips on the menu. Don't forget to pair your meal with a refreshing, cold beer or fun cocktail.


Lockards Farm


Lockards Farm is a cosy, casual eatery and pub in Dumfries which has dog-friendly areas. Their menu offers items ranging from modern pub classics to lighter fare. Options like kebabs and sausage and mash are on the menu here. There's also a play area for children, a beer garden, and multiple bar areas to explore. This pub has quite a few options for alcoholic beverages as well, ranging from craft beer to ale and wine.


Cavens Arms


Bring your pup to this dog-friendly pub in the heart of Dumfries for a hearty meal and authentic ale. It features a classic pub interior and a sunny beer garden/patio, ensuring a comfortable spot for any bar visitors. Cavens Arms is an award-winning bar/pub/restaurant specialising in comforting, home-cooked foods. They're open every day, though food is not served on Mondays.

Note: Dogs are only allowed in the beer garden area at Cavens Arms.

These dog-friendly pub and restaurant options are perfect for enjoying a bite to eat after you explore the Galloway Dumfries attractions like Dark Sky Park, Galloway Forest Park, Moffat Hills, Galloway Hills, and Wigtown (Scotland's national book town).

Note: These are only a few of the best dog-friendly bars and restaurants to check out as you explore Dumfries and Galloway. Other options include The Steamboat Inn, Granary, and The Swan.


Don't forget to book a dog-friendly accommodation for your next holiday in Scotland. At Gatehouse Luxury Lodges, we pride ourselves in offering luxury lodges with plenty of pet amenities! Whether your pup prefers watching wildlife from the window or chasing it down on a nearby hiking trail, we have several options available. Contact us to learn more about our dog-friendly luxury lodge options!

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