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Findhorn and Nairn beaches named in Scotland's best beaches for dog walking


By Garry McCartney

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Findhorn's back shore and dunes are particularly popular with walkers.
Findhorn's back shore and dunes are particularly popular with walkers.

VISITS to local beaches feature on Scotland’s most dog-friendly days out – based on TripAdvisor reviews.

The sand dunes at Findhorn and Nairn are included in a top 10 list created by dog-friendly holiday provider, Canine Cottages, who crunched the online travel company’s data to find the most dog-friendly places to go in the country.

Digital PR manager at Canine Cottages, Shannon Keary, said that with more places reopening to the public, it is great news for the hospitality and tourism industry ... as well as those of us who like to get out and about, including our pets.

She said: “With so many more people looking to explore what’s on their own doorstep with their dogs, it’s fantastic to see the number and diversity of places that welcome dogs across the country.”

It can be tricky to find somewhere our four-legged friends can go for a day or a meal out. However, Canine Cottages has released the Dog-Friendly Index, a digital tool that can be used to find more places as recommended by TripAdvisor. It features filters for finding the perfect kind of day out or place to visit. Each place featured has also been given a paw rating out of five.

Furry friends frolicking in front of the Findhorn beach huts.
Furry friends frolicking in front of the Findhorn beach huts.

Shannon said: “We hope that our Dog-Friendly Index tool helps to highlight the top spots for dog owners to visit near them. It will also highlight some hidden gems they may not have been aware of.”

Data was collected by searching for “dog-friendly” in TripAdvisor, then analysing the full set of search results by comparing the number of reviews for each place mentioning “dog-friendly” to the total number of reviews.

The top 10 dog-friendly beaches also included: Cullen Beach; Yellowcraig Beach, East Lothian; Elie Beach, Fife; Irvine Beach, Ayrshire; Lunan Bay, Angus; Troon Beach, Ayrshire; Coldingham Sands, Borders; and Portobello Beach, Edinburgh.


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