Glasgow is a cultural hub. Home to the National Theatre, the Scottish Ballet and Opera and it’s also one of the most dog friendly destinations in the whole of Scotland!
From dog-loving food places to cosy pubs to comfy hotels there are any number of places waiting to greet your furry friend. Time to forget about knees ups and enjoy a good paws up!
Enjoy our selection of some of the best places to visit with your pooch in Glasgow. As we say at Dog Furiendly, if I can’t bring my dog I’m not going!
Things To Do With Your Dog In Glasgow
There are any number of great attractions throughout the city which is steeped in history and culture. This includes a number of fantastic heritage sites:
Bothwell Castle – This castle was built in the 1200s and has seen many battles between Scottish and English forces. Within the grounds are a chapel and prison as well as a surrounding woodland you can walk through. The Clyde walkway is also accessible from the grounds of Bothwell Castle. Dogs are permitted throughout the whole site but must be kept on leads at all times.
Bar Hill Fort – One of 16 forts along the Antonine Wall, built across Scotland’s central belt from AD 140 onwards. The Antonine Wall formed the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire. You can still see key features of the fort such as the platform, east gate, headquarters building and bath house. Dogs on leads are welcome and entry is free. Other parts of the Wall are observable at Westerwood to Castlecary and Dullatar.
Crookston Castle – Built by the Stewarts of Darnley around 1400. This unusual castle was extensively repaired after a siege in 1544 and is the only surviving medieval castle in Glasgow. The castle’s hilltop position offers a great view of south-east Glasgow.
Dog Friendly Restaurants In Glasgow
The Bungo Bar & Kitchen– Located in the heart of Strathbungo in the vibrant south side of Glasgow. Your pooch will be welcomed with belly rubs, fresh water and treats. A seasonal menu full of local produce will have your mouth watering while your dog relaxes by your side.
Platform – Platform is one of Glasgow’s best street food venues, running Friday-Sunday every weekend. The restaurant is housed under old railway arches. This gives the place a unique feel as well as providing plenty of open space for the pooches. The stalls have various small businesses operating them and offering a mix of Indian food, vegan burgers, seafood, ice cream and fresh coffee. Water bowls are provided for dogs and you and your pooch will love the cool atmosphere at Platform.
The Butterfly and Pig – This trendy restaurant has a shabby chic interior completed with mismatched furniture and vintage wallpaper. It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends in Glasgow over a drink and a delicious meal. Expect fine Scottish whiskies, ales, beers and cocktails on your visit as well as live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The food menu has some bizarre options (think Yorkshire puddings stuffed with mac and cheese) that sound delicous. Four legged friends will be given a warm welcome and fresh bowls of water.
Dog Friendly Glasgow Pubs
The Brewhaus, Glasgow– You may recognise this place as the pub from the film “Trainspotting”. This beer garden and kitchen pride themselves on being one of the most dog friendly pubs in the area. Delicious beer, wine and cocktails are on offer in a family and dog friendly environment. Water will be provided for your pooch and don’t be surprised if the staff make a fuss of them either!
Tasty burgers and pizzas are available on the lunch menu and the venue even shows live sport.
Brewdog- There are two Brewdogs in Glasgow, one in Argyle street and one in Hutcheson street. Brewdog celebrate good beer and dogs at every turn. The Argyle street venue specialises in old time barbecue and smoked meats as well as 25 craft beers on tap.
Both indoor and outdoor seating available and your furry best friend is welcome in all areas of the pub. Talk about a pub that gets your tail wagging!
The Sparkle Horse– This indie, hipster bar is one of Glasgow’s gems. The Sparkle Horse is a lively bar with good music, tasty pub grub and warm welcomes for visiting dogs! Enjoy tasty pub grub, funky cocktails and good beer with your furry best friend in tow.
Dog Friendly Glasgow Cafes
Rawnchy – This vegan cafe is located on Maryhill Road. All products are dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free, they’re also mainly plant based and organic. Serving a delicious range of cakes, desserts and savoury treats, there’s something for everyone here.
Dogs are welcome in every part of the cafe and they will be provided with water and affection as soon as they enter!
William Cafe – This popular independent cafe is in the west end of Glasgow. They make delicious cakes and coffee roasts with locally sourced ingredients and have a massive breakfast/brunch menu.
The cafe is in a great location, just a short walk from Kelvin Walkway and Glasgow Botanics. This makes it the perfect spot for a pre or post walk coffee and snack. Even better than the location is the welcome that your pooch can expect. They love dogs in William Cafe and will even cook up food for your dog upon request.
Down To Earth – This funky health food cafe is in the bustling area of Partick. They serve delicious, nutritious food that caters to flexitarians. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week and very close to Partick train station, this cafe is a great choice everyday of the week.
The cold pressed juices simply have to be tried and if you’re in the mood for a treat they also do cocktails. Most importantly of all, your pooch will be greeted warmly and provided water bowls on request.
Dog Friendly Accommodation In Glasgow
Travelodge – There are multiple Travelodges dotted around the city of Glasgow. This includes one by the airport, Paisley Road, Glasgow Govan, Queen Street, Glasgow Braehead and Glasgow Central. Many people don’t realise that Travelodges are dog friendly but your pooches are welcome.
Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort – This luxurious hotel is nestled within an idyllic 240 acre woodland estate. Mar Hall dates back to 1828 and the five-star grand mansion is just 10 minutes away from Glasgow airport.
Enjoy a round of golf on the 18-hole championship course or relax in the spa. The spa features a swimming pool, sauna and steam room. On site there is even a 5 bedroom lodge with its own hot tub. Mar Hall allows dogs of any size for a fee of £30 per room, per night.
Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel – You know you’re in for an unforgettable stay the moment you pull up to this picturesque hotel. Kimpton Blythswood is celebrated for it’s wonderful Georgian architecture, excellent service and luxurious spa. This is the only dog friendly hotel in Glasgow with AA accreditation.
Enjoy the private gardens within the grounds or venture into the city on your doorstep. Dogs are welcome for a price of £30 per pooch per stay and are welcome in all areas of the hotel other than the restaurant and spa.
As you can see, Glasgow is one of the most dog friendly cities in Scotland. Despite being home to over 635,000 people you can still find peaceful and quiet spots. There are any number of beautiful walks and spots to enjoy.
For example, Glasgow is home to Pollok, James Hamilton, Alexandra, Overtoun, Barshaw, Kelingrove, Rouken Glen, Bishopbriggs and Mugdock parks among many others. These picteresque locations are the perfect chance to find a moment of calm in the bustling city.
Whatever you and your pooch feel like doing there’ll be something to float your boat in this culturally rich city.
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