Since the introduction of the Pet Travel Scheme where your canine chum
can have a passport, dogs have become world travellers. Additionally,
thanks to visitors from abroad wishing to bring their pets to the UK,
theres been an increase in pet friendly hotels. Where once, if you
wanted to take your dog on holiday in Britain, you were restricted to
camping, caravans and some pet friendly bed and breakfast, pet friendly
hotels have become a much welcomed option.
Of course, due consideration does have to be given to taking your pets
on holiday. It sounds great in principle but you must remember you will
need to have your dog with you at all times so it may mean you face
restrictions on where you can go when you reach your destination of
choice. If you like to visit museums, country houses, go on fairground
rides at theme parks or get involved in activities such as horse riding
or kayaking, taking your pooch on holiday is probably not the best idea.
Pet friendly hotels generally dont have dog-sitting services and would
certainly frown upon any guest leaving their dog in the room whilst
they went out.
What is fabulous about the UK though, is the countryside and any dog
lover who looks after their animal(s) knows just how important exercise
is to their well-being. Destinations can be found in every corner of the
land that make for perfect owner/pet holidays and with the
proliferation of pet friendly hotels, theres bound to be one in an area that meets your approval.
If you want to go far north, the lochs, glens, mountains and rivers of
Scotland offer plenty of opportunities with walks with the dog in
stunningly scenic landscapes. Some of the big country house (aka
Scottish castle) hotels are set in huge grounds meaning youve a
ready-made pet friendly recreation ground right on the doorstep.
For fans of dramatic scenery, the northern extremes of England can match
the panoramic delights of Scotland both in the west with the Lake
District with its picturesque waters and mountains and the stark but
beautiful Yorkshire Moors in the East. The North doesnt have the
monopoly on beauty though the Peak District will pitch in for the
Midlands whilst the Cotswolds, Exmoor and Dartmoor will shout out for
the South West. Go south for the New Forest or maybe its the green
fields of Englands garden, Kent, that has the most appeal.
Explore gorgeous Wales too. Choose a pet friendly hotel in Snowdonia
National Park for sheer ruggedness or maybe you prefer to answer the
call of the rolling valleys and gentler peaks of the Brecon Beacons in
the South. Of course, some would say, you cant beat the Welsh coast and
special mention must go to Pembrokeshire here.