top of page

Dog Friendly Activities in South Ayrshire

We proudly support the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.

Nestled along Scotland's stunning southwest coast, South Ayrshire is not just a picturesque slice of the country, it's a paradise for pet owners – particularly those with a wagging friend in tow. Whether you're a resident looking to explore or a visitor seeking dog-friendly spots, South Ayrshire offers a plethora of destinations that pamper both two- and four-legged beings. We've put together a "dog friendly" supplement to our popular Tig Cottage guidebook that you can download by clicking on the banner below.

Outside - Back Garden - Flowers and Stone.jpg

Beaches Where Dogs Run Free

South Ayrshire boasts a collection of some of the most beautiful, sandy shores in all of Scotland, and the best part is that many of them are dog-friendly all year round. Places like Ayr Beach, Troon Beach, and Barassie Beach not only offer miles of coastline for your dog to stretch their legs on but also provide scenic views that will leave both you and your pup in awe. Remember to be mindful of other beachgoers, keep your dog under control, and pick up after them to maintain the pristine conditions that make these spots so special.

Parks and Playgrounds for All

Even city pups deserve a chance to frolic amidst greenery. In South Ayrshire, lush parks such as Rozelle Park and Belleisle Park offer expansive open spaces, various wildlife, and beautiful gardens ready for you and your pooch to explore. Many parks provide waste bins and bags for responsible pet owners, and some, like Belleisle Park, even have a designated play area for dogs to enjoy a run off the lead. These spots are perfect for a leisurely walk or a game of fetch. 

Trails and Nature Reserves

For the more adventurous canine, South Ayrshire's extensive trail systems and nature reserves are the perfect playground. The Galloway Forest Park, which is not too far from Ayr, is open to dogs and offers a multitude of paths ranging from gentle strolls to challenging hikes. The dog-friendly trails here provide a diverse range of landscapes, from serene lochs to rugged mountains, and are sure to offer an unforgettable experience. The park contains nearly 300 square miles of varied environments, so every visit with your dog can be different. 

Dine Alfresco with Your Dog

Dining out with your dog can be a delightful experience, and South Ayrshire has no shortage of pet-friendly eateries that are happy to welcome your furry companion. From cafes in the heart of bustling Ayr to the quaint dining establishments in Girvan, you'll find a variety of options where dogs are encouraged to join their owners for a meal or a quick snack. Many places offer water bowls and even dog-friendly treats, making your pet feel right at home.

Immerse in History

Visiting historical sites and castles is an enriching experience, and in South Ayrshire, dogs can often take part in that journey too. Culzean Castle and Country Park, for example, allows dogs in the grounds of the estate and many of the marked trails. While Fido may not be able to join you inside the National Trust property, the extensive grounds that lead to the sea have more than enough space to tire out even the most energetic canine. Soak in the grandeur of the architecture and the serenity of the gardens while giving your dog a historical lesson on the go.

The Perfect Stay for Pets

If you're planning to immerse yourself fully in the South Ayrshire experience, why not find accommodations that are as welcoming to your pet as possible? The area is home to a wealth of dog-friendly hotels, guesthouses, and cottages— including the fabulous Tig Cottage (of course we're going to mention us!) tailored to ensure the comfort of both you and your pet. Many of these establishments provide pet amenities and facilities, so you can relax knowing that your four-legged friend is taken care of during your getaway.

Celebrate with Your Canine Companions

Girvan's title as the most dog-friendly town in the UK isn't without merit. Shops, cafes and bars have all embraced dogs and their owners, with dog-friendly premises all displaying posters and signs showing that dogs are welcome. No more wondering whether Fido is allowed in!

A Pawsome Place for Health Needs

Knowing where to find a reliable vet is important for any dog owner, especially when in an unfamiliar area. South Ayrshire is home to several veterinary practices with a focus on canine care. From routine wellness check-ups to unexpected health crises, these professionals offer a range of services to keep your dog healthy and happy throughout your visit to their community. You can explore dog-friendly South Ayrshire with peace of mind knowing help is at hand if needed.

Enjoying Your Adventures Responsibly

While exploring the stunning South Ayrshire with your dog, it's essential to be mindful of local guidelines and etiquettes. Always keep your dog under control, clean up after them, and ensure they are welcome before visiting any pet-friendly location. It's also a good idea to carry essentials like water, a collapsible bowl, and extra poo bags for those longer adventures. Lastly, cherish every moment with your loyal companion and create memories that will last a lifetime.


By experiencing South Ayrshire with your dog, you're not just traveling; you're building a bond with man's best friend amid some of the most remarkable landscapes and communities that Scotland has to offer. These top 10 places are just the beginning of the adventures you and your furry friend can embark on in this dog-loving region. So gather up your pet's essentials, pack a few treats, and set out to discover a truly dog-friendly haven in the heart of Scotland.

Dining Room - Guestbook - Arm of chair - Back of chair.jpg
Outside - Side Garden - Orange flowers - River slope.jpg

Our Reviews

Everything was there what we needed for a fantastic stay in Scotland....couldn't ask for a better location and not quite far from the Irish sea

Kevin, UK

Superb. The location is perfect if you want away from it all.

Drew, UK

Lovely peaceful location, clean and full of charm. Lots of attention to detail.

Steven, UK

Very nice hosts. Excellent and lovingly furnished. Beautiful area. Very quiet area, perfect for shutting down. It makes you feel at home.

Marcus, Germany

bottom of page