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Dog Friendly holidays at Gareloch Cottage

Gareloch Cottage is a cosy dog friendly cottage and we welcome one well behaved small-medium sized dog due to the size of the property.

The house is set up to accommodate your furry friend and we have a few guest doggy products your pet is welcome to use during your stay.

Whilst the back garden is private and surrounded by shrubbery, we ask that your dog is kept on a lead at all times as there is no gate at the front entrance.

Argyll and Bute is a fantastic location to holiday with your pet and we’ve put together some dog friendly suggestions for your stay.

Walks right on our doorstep

Directly across the road from Gareloch Cottage is the shingle beach which you can walk your dog on when the tide is out.

Clynder Woodland and Kilcregan Circular

Another great local route from our house is around the tip of the Rosneath peninsula with brilliant views across the Argyll hills, Gare Loch and the Firth of Clyde, right down to the Isles of Bute and Arran. Dogs are welcome and may be off-lead in some areas. The best times to visit this trail are April through September.

Hill Walks

Locally there are lots to choose from including Highlandman’s Road, Three Lochs way and Bouie.


The centre of Helensburgh just five miles from the house has a lovely seafront promenade that runs from the centre out to Kidston park. Again make sure you keep a lead on as it’s near a busy road.


Hermitage Park, Helensburgh has paved paths

Run Free Dog Field Cardross

Bark in the Park Dog field in Helensburgh


Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch. This is the gateway to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and is set in stunning scenery on the banks of Loch Lomond. Many of their shops allow dogs to be taken in whilst you browse but it’s probably a good idea to Google first to find out more.

Dog Friendly Restaurants in Helensburgh

Sugar Boat: dogs are allowed in the front section of the restaurant as well as outside.

Riva: dogs are allowed in the restaurant

Dog Friendly Bars and Pubs in Helensburgh

Argyll Bar

The Ashton

The Clyde Bar

The Commodore

The Royal Boat

Dog Friendly Cafes


The Park Pavilion Cafe and Kiosk (also has a special doggie ice-cream, dogs allowed inside)

Terrace Coffee House


The Perch


Cafe at Kilcreggan

Further information about dog guests is at the house but feel free to drop us a line for more information prior to booking if you need to.

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