Dog Friendly Weekend Exploring East Lothian

November 1, 2023
| Visit East Lothian

If you're looking for a dog-friendly holiday or a fun day out for you and your pooch, there are so many paw-esome dog friendly things to see and do in East Lothian. Find out what Edinburgh Spaniels, Hollie, Hugo and Spencer, did when they visited on a jam-packed weekend exploring East Lothian.

Day 1

Stopped off at Parkers Cafe in Dunbar for delicious cake and coffee and some 'help yourself' dog treats. 

Took a long wander through John Muir Country Park, the park is dedicated to naturalist, explorer and conservationist, John Muir.  Know before go and download the free Visit East Lothian App to check how busy parking is - available from Apple Store and Google Play.

Checked into the Dunmuir Hotel in Dunbar located 5 minutes from the beach and a short walk into town.

Walked around Dunbar to see the picturesque harbour and the ruins of Dunbar castle, which was one of the strongest fortresses in Scotland.

Had dinner in the hotel's award winning 1902 Grill Restaurant that offers a menu that changes to reflect the seasons, with an emphasis on fresh local and Scottish produce.

Dunbar Harbour
John Muir Country Park

Day 2

Enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise run along the John Muir Way. Dunbar is the start or end of the route, a coast to coast national long-distance walking route and great for cycling too which stretches 134 miles to Helensburgh in the west.

Tucked into a delicious breakfast in the hotel (fresh sausages for the boys!)

Visited Smeaton Dogwood, a secure and private hire woodland walk where you can exercise your dog off-lead in a safe and stimulating environment, perfect for anxious and/or reactive dogs.

Wandered through Smeaton Nursery Garden and the Greenhouse Gallery! Had a spot of lunch in the Smeaton tearoom.

Hiked up to the top of Traprain Law to see the wild ponies. Remember to keep dogs on a lead as there are wild ponies grazing and please refrain from feeding the ponies.

Walked to the Brig and Barrel for a perfect dinner. Situated just round the corner from Belhaven Brewery, the oldest working brewery in Scotland. If you fancy sitting outside, they have an outdoor beer garden with covered booths and heaters.

Smeaton Nursery & Tearoom
Traprain Law


Day 3

Headed to Tantallon Castle for the very cool experience of walking through a castle perched on a cliff with incredible views.

Explored North Berwick's gorgeous beaches and High Street where you can find some wonderful boutique shops to pick up a gift or take home a souvenir.

Popped into the The Ship Inn for lunch and met other four legged friends.

Went to Unleashed Dog Park just outside the village of Pencaitland for an incredible session exploring their spacious private hire fields with sensory garden and activities. The views from the park over to the Lammermuir hills are outstanding!

Tantallon Castle
North Berwick

Watch the video from their visit below

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Jackie Gardiner
Author: Jackie Gardiner

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