loch melfort hotel oban dog walking forest

Known as “Scotland’s adventure coast”, the west coast boasts shimmering shorelines, magical lochs and imposing Munro’s just waiting to be explored. Making it the ideal destination for your next dog-friendly holiday in Scotland.

In the historic region of Argyll, you will find plenty of walks for all shapes and sizes – from those seeking a slow scenic wander, to the more boisterous looking to bag a Munro. From castles to spectacular beaches, make the most of your getaway and explore the west coast with our list of the best dog-friendly walks in Argyll.

Dog-friendly beaches in Argyll

On the south coast of the Isle of Arran, you will find the wonderful pet-friendly Kilmory Beach. Offering crystal clear waters and white sand with magnificent views to the Isle of Jura. It’s the perfect playground for your dog, whilst you take in some of Scotland’s best coastal scenery…or jump in for a swim!

Westport Beach, on the Kintyre Peninsula, is sure to set tails wagging with six miles of sand to explore. This popular dog-friendly beach is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a picnic (and some treats!) on a lovely Scottish summers’ day.

Hidden-away to the north of Oban is the peaceful Ganavan Sands. Here you can gaze out over the calm waters to Mull, Lismore and Morven whilst your dog explores all that this picturesque beach has to offer. For the more adventurous visitors, you can hike over the cliffs to Dunstaffnage Castle which dates back to the 13th century.

Wonderful Woodland Walks in Argyll

Treat your pampered pooch to a magnificent four-mile woodland walk, starting at the historic Inveraray Castle. Explore the castle grounds and Inveraray estate, before following the woodland trail to the top of Dun Na Cuaiche Watchtower, where you can take in the sights overlooking Loch Fyne and the town of Inveraray.

Fearnoch Forest is a doggy delight, with two easy to follow routes to explore. This quiet woodland walk, near Taynuilt, is great for wildlife spotting and is home to the infamous nests of the Scottish wood ant, some of which are almost two meters high!

A must-see when visiting Argyll is Crinan Wood. A two-mile woodland walk, with international significance for its range of flora and fauna, and all that remains of an imposing forest that once covered most of the region. Home to a variety of species of bird, Crinan Wood is excellent for wildlife spotting and the views over the sea to Islay and Jura will take your breath away.

A scenic Munro in West Scotland

For those high-spirited visitors, why not hike the popular Ben Cruachan, one of the most scenic Munro’s in west Scotland. At 3,694 feet, this eight-mile walk is challenging. But, you will be rewarded tenfold with an incredible experience and the best views of Argyll. If this still hasn’t tired out your four-legged friend, why not extend the walk to Stob Daimh.

There is no doubt that Argyll is a paradise for dogs. To ensure your visit is enjoyable for everyone, keep your dog under control, respect other people, dogs and farm animals and always dispose of waste in the designated bins. Familiarise yourself with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you visit.

Best dog-friendly hotel in Argyll

Dog Friendly Hotel - Loch Melfort

After a day of exploring the best walks Argyll has to offer, a comfortable stay at Loch Melfort awaits.

We love pets at Loch Melfort and our pet-friendly rooms offer the perfect Scottish getaway for you and your best friend. Our rooms offer direct access to our large grounds as well as treats, towels and a handy information pack for you to make the most of your stay. You will also all be welcome into part of the restaurant, the lounge bar, café, gift shop and deck room!