If you’re anything like me, your dog is your baby. They go everywhere with us and they are treated just like any other member of the family.
As life is busy we often find that we can’t devot the amount of time we would like to our dogs, so special treat days out are a must for us.
Every weekend we make a big fuss of taking the dogs to their fav places and giving them some nice treats.
Dogs are excited by new experiences as it means they get to SNIFF NEW SMELLS!!!!!!
We have compiled a list of our top 5 favourite doggy days out for you to try with your Furbaby, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
1. Mugdock Country Park, situated in Milngavie in East Dumbartonshire, this really is Dog Heaven! There are so many unspoilt trails to explore. You can stick to the main paths which are fab or if you’re more adventurous walk through the forest and explore all it has to offer. The quiet off the beaten track trails are ideal, as this will give your dog the chance to roam freely and experience new smells, as dogs live through their noses this is the most exciting thing you can do for them. There are deer and other wildlife, so be sure to be vigilant and follow the rules. There are also many lovely areas for a swim as well as a quiet picnic. Choose a shady tree to sit under and while away an afternoon. Your dog will love you for a day out here. There is information available at the main visitor centre as well as toilets and cafes for a wee treat!
2. Ayr Beach, just a short drive from Glasgow, this lovely sandy beach is perfect for any time of the year. It does get busy during the nice sunny weather so if your dog is nervous of crowds, then avoid during these times. There is plenty of space to walk, play and swim. Most dogs love swimming so being out in the sea, gives them a chance to explore and behave like a daft pup. If you take some toys along like a ball or frizbee, you can have some great games. This will give your dog plenty of exercise and also increase the bond between you, they love nothing more than our unreserved attention. It also gives you a chance to unwind and behave like a crazy pup too. There is lots of on street parking close by and plenty of cafes for refreshments.
3. Rozelle Park, Alloway. Situated in the historic village of Alloway just outside Ayr, this stunning park is perfect for a lovely day out at any time of the year. The immaculately maintained gardens are a joy to explore, as are the trails with all their hidden gems. There are some wooden carved statues to explore and also use to hide behind for a good game of hide and seek! The sights and smells of all the different trees and flowers will have your dog’s tail wagging with excitement. There are grassed areas as well as trails, so suitable for all tootsies! The cafe at the main house is a must! The cakes are amazing. There is outdoor seating, which is dog friendly or on a wet day, you can take away and munch with your bestie in the car.
4. Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute. If you’re looking for a lovely day away, this is the place to go. The Isle of Bute is within easy access from Glasgow, just a short Ferry ride from Wymess Bay. Ettrick bay is a short drive from the main town of Rothesay and is more than worth it. As well as a beautiful unspoilt beach to walk, play and swim in there are stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. There are also lovely walks close buy, which will have you dog jumping with excitement. All the new sights and smells will have them going crazy and exploring. You will have one very happy and tired pup after a day out here. There is a tearoom and toilets situated at the car park for a snack or you could drive back to Rothesay for some good old fish and chips. If you fancy staying over Bute has a host of lovely hotels and B&B’s. Ettrick Bay also has modern Glamping pods with all you need for a comfortable sleepover.
5. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, this stunning park stretches from Loch Lomond to the mountains of Strathyre. The main visitor centre is situated at Aberfoyle, which is a short drive from Glasgow. There are many hidden trails to explore, streams to swim in and lots of wildlife to see along the way. Your bestie will be jumping for joy and will be the envy of all their dog pals when they retell their adventures here. Dog’s sense of smell is amazing, so they just love to explore and experience new areas. The cafe offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, on a dry day be sure to sit outside to truly appreciate them. The nearby town of Aberfoyle has plenty of dog-friendly cafes or why not try some fish n chips with your best bud sitting by the stream.
If you give any of these a try, be sure to take a selfie and pop it on our Facebook page and tell us how you got on. Happy exploring!