Over the last year a record number of people have added a four-legged lockdown friend to their household.
Now that restrictions are being eased new dog owners will be taking their pets into a more normal world for the first time.
They will swiftly discover that not all places are welcoming, and many hotel, guesthouse and holiday rental owners will turn their noses up at accomodating the newest addition to the family.
So, if you don’t want to leave your dog at home when you go on holiday, here are 11 Scottish hotels who are guaranteed to be welcoming.
Some of them do need advance notice though, and some charge extra for pets – so best call ahead and check.
1. The Barony Castle Hotel
The impressive 16th century Barony Castle Hotel, in Peebles, is set in 25 acres of grounds perfect for exercising your pet. There's an indoor pool and gym and, while dogs aren't allowed in the restaurant, you can still enjoy dinner with your pooch in the lounge, conservatory or courtyard. Photo: www.booking.com
2. The Kenmore Hotel
Set in Highland Perthshire in the village of Kenmore, right on the banks of Loch Tay (perfect for swimming and fetching sticks), the Kenmore Hotel is welcoming to dogs and their owners. Dine with your dog in the hotel's lounge or the Boar’s Head Bar, where treats and water bowls are available. Photo: www.booking.com
3. The Dunollie Hotel
With amazing views over the sea to Loch Kishorn and the Applecross Hills, Skye's Dunollie Hotel is surounded by beautiful countryside and your dog is welcome at the Redhills Lounge for both dinner and breakfast. Photo: www.booking.com
4. Trigony House Hotel and Garden Spa
Once a shooting lodge, Trigony House Hotel and Garden Spa couldn't be much more dog-friendly, with four acres of woodland for walks, and your pet may even receive a welcome letter from resident golden retriever Roxy. The hotel, 15 miles north of Dumfries in Thornhill, has a hot tub and sauna cabin, while dogs are welcome in the restaurant. Photo: www.booking.com