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Scotland’s Best Pet Friendly Pubs

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Here at Sykes we know how much people love to take their dogs away on holiday with them; after all, we’ve got over two and a half thousand cottages that welcome pooches with open arms! And our four legged friends love it! Instead of being left back in the kennels they’re living it up in the fresh surroundings, with plenty of new people to meet and smells to sniff. And then there’s the walks! Rather than a march around the block or a trip down to the park they get long wanders through the Great British countryside and, as it turns out, just like us they’re rather partial to a stop off in a quaint country pub – especially if there’s the chance of a bit of grub. But believe it or not, there are some pubs that don’t welcome our pups! So we’ve taken a look at some of the best pet friendly pubs north of the border so you know where to take your pooch when you’re away!

Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Tucked away in the heart of beautiful Glen Coe is the Clachaig Inn. Ever popular with the numerous tourists who pay a visit to Glen Coe each year, the Clachaig Inn makes the perfect spot for you and your pooch to kick back and relax after a long day exploring the glen. Both of the bars in the inn are dog friendly meaning that you’ll have the run of the place and with an incredible variety of locally sourced foods – from a full Scottish breakfast through to venison pastrami – it might be a hard job forcing yourself to leave!

 The Drover’s Inn, Inverarnan

Second on our list is The Drover’s Inn, just off the West Highland Way at the top of Loch Lomond. Originally forming a stop off point for the cattle drovers moving their herds southwards down from the highlands it now plays host to the countless walkers making their way through the beautiful countryside. Rumour has it that the Inn is haunted by the ghost of one such drover who was killed by a rival gang over three hundred years ago, but you and your four legged friend needn’t worry about that! Instead you can just put your paws up and maybe even test yourselves against the Braveheart Burger.

The Stein Inn, Waternish

Next up we’ve got the oldest pub on the whole of the Isle of Skye, the Stein Inn. Situated on the Waternish peninsula on the North Western tip of the island, the Stein Inn was founded back in the 18th century and still retains much of its original charm. Featuring a traditional highland bar complete with over 100 different varieties of malt whisky and the Stein Inn’s very own ale the “Reeling Deck”, a smouldering peat fire and stunning views out over the Hebrides it’s the perfect place to sink a pint in the company of your pooch.

So there you go, hopefully you and Fido will have found this useful and who knows, your furry friend might even be planning his next trip north of the Border. Or maybe you know of some other great pet friendly pubs in Scotland? If so let us know and we’ll help spread the word!

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Sykes’ Spotlight on Pet Friendly Cottages for More Than One Pet

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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When I was a child I hated having to wave goodbye to the family dogs as we left on our annual holiday so now that I’m older I take every opportunity I can to pack them into the car with me and head off on an adventure together. It turns out I’m not the only one who hates to leave my loyal companions behind as thousands of people book up our pet friendly cottages each year.

Booking a cottage when you have just one pooch can be hard enough but what happens if you have a pack? Well here at Sykes Cottages we have the answer: hundreds of pet-friendly cottages that will accept two or more pets! Keep reading to see a selection of our favourite pet friendly cottages for more than one pet or head on over to our pet friendly cottages page and start searching for your next holiday today!

The Stables, Horton-in-Ribblesdale

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The Stables (Ref. 912240)

Located on the outskirts of a picturesque country village, The Stables are ideal for dog owners who like to stretch their legs. This gorgeous two bedroom property offers visitors and their four legged friends various walks straight from the doorstep so you can head out and explore famous areas such as the Pennine Way and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Driftwood Cottage, Baycliff

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Driftwood Cottage (Ref. 26010)

Driftwood Cottage offers everything you need on a dog friendly holiday; there is a comfortable enclosed patio with spectacular views over Morecambe Bay and direct access to the beach as well as a cosy woodburner in the sitting area. Days can be filled playing amongst the surf whilst cosy evenings are spent reading by firelight – something for both dogs and owner!

Loo Bridge Railway Station, Killarney

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Low Bridge Railway Station (Ref. 17893)

Ideally situated between the two popular towns of Kenmare and Killarney, Low Bridge Railway Station not only benefits from fantastic amenities but also easy access to the National Park which is home to some of Ireland’s best scenery. When you’re done exploring the local area simply sit back and relax in the large lawned garden or one of the four stylishly decorated bedrooms.

Hillbrook House, Nolton Haven

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Hillbrook House (Ref. 30296)

This charming seaside cottage is perfect for a family or a group of friends wanting to explore the Welsh coastline with a wonderful sheltered beach just 30 strides from the front door. Once you’ve had your fill of the beach (if that’s possible!) visit the enclosed natural grass garden and unwind in the summerhouse or host a delicious BBQ as the sun sets over the Welsh countryside.

The Barn, Saham Hills

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The Barn (Ref. 26593)

Nestled in the Norfolk countryside, The Barn has been finished to a high standard making it a welcome retreat for the whole family. This property accommodates four dogs and the owners even offer a dog sitting service by prior arrangement should you need it. At The Barn you’ll have your own private enclosed garden as well as use of the paddock so plenty of room to exercise the dogs!

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nicole.westley

By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Advice for Pet Owners on Bonfire Night

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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If you’re a pet owner you’ll know just how difficult, stressful and sometimes heart-breaking Bonfire Night can be. With a number of dogs, cats and small animals having a hard time coping with the bangs and flashes of fireworks, it’s easy to feel useless as your best friend cowers in the corner. Here at Sykes, we love animals and want to do everything we can to help both you and your four legged friend enjoy a stress-free Bonfire Night. So, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to do just that.

Tips for all pet owners

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Image via Flickr.

Whether your pet is big or small there are a number of ways you can help them through Bonfire Night. The following tips are easy to put into practise and are a must for all pet owners.

  • Make sure your pet has a secure hiding place; for many pets this will be under furniture, tucked into an alcove or even in the cupboard.
  • Close all curtains and play some music or turn up the TV to muffle the noise from the fireworks.
  • As hard as this may be you need to give your pet some space. Unless they are harming themselves, you should leave them to it; fussing over them will only make things worse.
  • Don’t leave the house. Yes your pet needs space but don’t leave them alone; they need your support.

Tips for dog owners

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As well as the tips above, there are extra precautions to take when you own a dog. We’d suggest the following to help keep your dog safe and calm this November.

  • Walk your dog during daylight hours. You never know how early the fireworks will start or how late they will run so walking your dog during daylight hours is the best way to keep them safe.
  • Before the fireworks start, make sure your dog is near their safe place and provide him or her with toys and their favourite things.
  • Ignore the fireworks yourself. Don’t bring attention to the fireworks. Instead see if your dog wants to play; if not then don’t force them but sit back and watch some TV or read a book instead.
  • If you have another dog or know a dog that isn’t afraid of fireworks then leave the two dogs together, this may help your dog understand there is nothing to be afraid of.

Tips for cat owners

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Image via Flickr.

Cats are pretty independent creatures but even they get scared during Bonfire Night. To help them cope with the noise and bright lights, follow these three tips.

  • Close all doors, windows and cat flaps. If your cat is scared they may try to run; this can be dangerous as in the panic your cat could get lost or hurt.
  • Don’t try to tempt your cat out of its hiding place as this will just make them more stressed.
  • Have a litter tray available during and after the fireworks.

Tips for small animal owners

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Image via Flickr.

It can be easy to forget about our smaller pets but they need just as much care as the larger animals so make sure to follow these tips to ensure a stress free fireworks night.

  • If your pet is kept outside bring them indoors and place them in a quiet area of the house.
  • If it’s not possible to bring them indoors, partly cover their cage and try to sound proof it as best you can.
  • Give your pets lots of extra bedding for Bonfire Night. They will need something to burrow into as it will make them feel a lot safer.

We hope our list of handy hints and tips has helped you this Bonfire Night. If you need any further information on keeping your furry companion safe then please visit the RSPCA website.

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nicole.westley

By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

The UK’s Pet Friendly Pubs

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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For many of us, considering a holiday without our four-legged friend is not an option. There is an ample choice of pet-friendly accommodation on offer, but I find myself thinking is that enough? A comfy bed for the night and a garden to run around in provide a great starting point for a dog friendly holiday, but our canine chums need more!

Along with great walks and other dogs to interact with, our pups need somewhere safe and warm for a break from the day’s activities. To give your dog a rest and to experience the regional delicacies why not try a local pub? Sites like Doggie Pubs and Pet Friendly Britain give great suggestions for pet friendly pubs throughout the United Kingdom and, after searching both sites, we’ve put together a selection of three pet friendly pubs which are a must.

The Ship Inn in Irvine, Scotland

Dogs playing on Irvine beach - image via Flickr.

Dogs playing on Irvine beach – image via Flickr.

Built in 1567, The Ship Inn is the oldest pub in Irvine. Obtaining its license in 1754, the pub still retains its heritage, with traditional folk music and seasonal fish dishes. In August last year, the pub updated its status to ‘Dog Friendly’ and they haven’t looked back since. Now you can treat yourself and the pup to a well-deserved drink and a slap up meal after an exhilarating walk along the shores of Irvine beach, which happens to be dog friendly too!

The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn, Anglesey

Dog walking the Anglesey Coastal Path - image via Flickr.

Dog walking the Anglesey Coastal Path – image via Flickr.

After undergoing a complete rebuild in 2007, The White Eagle is now a favourite stopping point along the Anglesey Coast Path, attracting tourists and locals alike with amazing food and fantastic views. The warm Welsh welcome offered by staff and the comfortable atmosphere makes this pub the ideal stop off for you and your dog. With dogs welcome in the sung area of the bar, you can chow down on great food as your four-legged-friend is treated to a biscuit or two.

The Treguth Inn in Holywell, Cornwall

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Holywell Bay – image via Flickr.

When we think of Cornwall we picture rolling green hills, beautiful sandy beaches and peaceful villages filled with thatched cottages. The Treguth Inn matches our vision of Cornwall perfectly; full of character and charm, Treguth Inn is located in the attractive village of Holywell just back from the picturesque beach at Holywell Bay. Here the friendly proprietors offer home cooked food which has been prepared with locally sourced ingredients, award winning cask ales and even complimentary biscuits for the pooch – perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

We hope that this selection of pubs has shown you that the UK is a fantastic destination for doggy holidays and that there is no need to leave your furry pal behind. For assistance with planning your next dog friendly getaway please feel free to contact us or browse our selection of pet friendly cottages for inspiration.

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nicole.westley

By Nicole Westley

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.

Give My Dog a Break Competition

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
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It’s hard work being a dog. All that sleeping, eating, being petted, going on walks and sniffing everything in sight can really take its toll! With over half of our properties being pet friendly, we’d like to think that pooches who are looking for a bit of rest and relaxation are spoilt for choice at Sykes Cottages. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Pure Pet Food to give your dog the chance to win a month’s supply of delicious food as well as £250 of Sykes Cottages vouchers for you to spend on treating your hard working pup to a relaxing getaway!

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Image via Flickr. Your dog will look like this happy chap after their holiday and their month of delicious dinners.

All you have to do to enter this competition is to head over to the competition page and upload a picture of your dog hard at work with a caption to tell us why they deserve a break! Below are a few dogs who could really do with a relaxing getaway to a holiday cottage…

Changing the bed is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

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This cute puppy is already taking a break behind a bed of flowers. A self catering holiday cottage might be a little more suitable.

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These two are taking a short break from gardening, but they’d sure love a little longer.

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 Worked hard or hardly working? This cheeky chap is taking a long break from watering those plants.

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Being a tree surgeon sure is tiring. This chap looks like he could do with a break!

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After giving birth to these beautiful puppies, we’re sure that this new mum would love a relaxing getaway.

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This sweetheart with a guilty face might need a relaxing break after tidying up this mess.

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Being this cute has got to be tiring…

Fluffy

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This guy must be tuckered out and in need of some rest after all the fetch he’s been playing!

Sticks

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.