Dog-friendly Edinburgh

17 March 2021

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As the phrase goes, “every dog has its day” and with more people travelling with pets, an increasing numbers of the city’s hotels, bars and restaurants are allowing dogs to stay, so there’s no need for your furry friends to miss out. We’ve rounded up a selection – guaranteed to provide you and your 4-legged friend with a “pawesome” time in Edinburgh!

Did you know....Edinburgh was named as the UK’s most dog-friendly tourist location for 2021, according to dog food company Based on criteria including accommodation, green space availability and pubs & restaurants which allow dogs, Edinburgh topped the board - that's something to set tails wagging!


Cheval Old Town Chambers

Old Town Chambers

Roxburgh’s Court, 323 High Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1LW.

Rising from three medieval closes off the Royal Mile, Cheval Old Town Chambers luxurious serviced apartments capitalise on the fascinating historic character and atmosphere of 15th century Edinburgh as well as open up some of the most captivating views across the city’s Princes Street Gardens.

Extending their 5-star service to dogs, on arrival your dog will receive a welcome kit including a comfy dog bed, blanket, bowl and toy, as well as some delicious doggy treats. They can also recommend some suggested walks so you can both get to know the neighbourhood.

The Balmoral

 Balmoral Hotel View From Princes Street Gardens

1 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ

For over a century, The Balmoral has found a home at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, No. 1 Princes Street. A landmark Rocco Forte hotel set in the heart of Edinburgh, The Balmoral combines stunning views and warm hospitality with world-class facilities to create the perfect urban retreat.

Furry guests will receive a Dog Welcome Pack consisting of a bed, water bowl, welcoming treats, list of dog-friendly local establishments and list of local dog walkers.

Native Edinburgh


74 - 77 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 4NF.

Nestled in the very heart of the city’s New Town, Native Edinburgh combines an urban chic living space in an historic setting. Each of the beautifully designed apartments include among a long list of features, complimentary WiFi, air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, large smart TV’s as well as Hypnos beds.

Pet-friendly options available (select units).


Adagio Aparthotel


231 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BJ.

Adagio Aparthotel offer 146 beautifully furnished apartments with everything you need for your stay. Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town on the Royal Mile, most of Edinburgh's city centre attractions are just a short walk away.

Pets welcome.

The Bonham

Bonham Superior

35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN.

Set in a quiet leafy crescent in the exclusive West End of Edinburgh, only minutes from the main attractions, The Bonham provides guests with luxurious, fully refurbished rooms and suites. Many rooms offer stunning views either over Drumsheugh Gardens or looking North over the New Town towards the Firth of Forth and the Kingdom of Fife.

Dog beds and bowls available upon request.


Additional charges apply at each hotel – please check each website for details.



The Scran and Scallie

Scran And Scallie Interior Credit Facebook Wwwmarcmillarphotography 500X210 (1)

1 Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh EH4 1DT.

From the award winning team of the Michelin starred Kitchin restaurant in Leith, the Scran and Scallie is a warm and welcoming gastropub in Stockbridge serving up delicious food made from quality seasonal local produce.

Dogs welcome.

Blue Bear Café

Blue Bear Pastries

9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA.

Situated in Canonmills, the Blue Bear Café is open for breakfast all day. Choose from a selection of hot, savoury rolls; eggs benedict; French toast; omelettes; waffles, washed down with a warm cup of tea or coffee.  A great breakfast spot for all the family in the North side of Edinburgh.


The Hawes Inn

7 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9TA

This popular establishment has been running since 1683 and is still going strong today. Pop in to the Hawes Inn for a bite to eat and a drink, and you'll be following in the footsteps of the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.

Dogs are allowed in the bar area of the pub. Water and treats available. 

The Caley Sample Room

42-58 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2JR

The Caley Sample Room offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere for you to sit back and enjoy a unique selection of craft beers and ales, superb spirits and world leading wines which complement the fresh and vibrant food menus.

Dog friendly. Water bowl and dog treats provided.

The Cambridge Bar

The Cambridge Bar Dog Cr Website

20 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JB.

Nestled on one of the wee back streets of the New Town, The Cambridge Bar is a little hidden away but well-known to locals for serving craft beer, ales and fantastic burgers.

Dogs are welcome all day.


After all that relaxation, a long walk is called for. Whether you want to play with a frisbee, catch your favourite ball or enjoy a long peaceful stroll along the seaside, you’ll find a list of suggestions that are bound to get tails wagging. (Please note, only assistance dogs that are highly trained are permitted into The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh).

Tip – Make sure you clean up after your dog and be mindful of other people and dogs.

And if feet, or paws, start to ache, both buses and trams allow dogs on board, however this is at the driver’s discretion. All dogs must be on a lead. Or if you prefer a dog friendly sightseeing tour, then Edinburgh Bus Tours welcomes well behaved dogs on board tour buses.

And finally, if all that running about has been too much and your friend is in need of a shampoo – why not treat them to a pamper in one of the city’s pet grooming establishments. Star Dogs Grooming has two locations in the city, both of which offer full grooming services as well as mini grooms or simple trimming services. Established in 1964, Christine’s Dog Parlour is home to highly trained staff who are passionate dog lovers


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