Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dog friendly holiday destinations

Since we bought our lovely dog Pina, where possible we've tried to take her on holidays with us. Recently a Facebook friend asked for some recommendations which made me think I should add them to our travel blog, so here is a brief list.

Connemara, Ireland
In 2014 when Pina was about 6 months old we took her with us on a trip to Ireland, it was her first 'long trip' in the car and first trip on a ferry. She passed both tests with flying colours and since then she has proved many times to be a great traveller. To read more about Connemara and Cleggan Holiday cottages where we stayed, click on the following link, Beautiful Connemara.

Cleaggan Holiday Cottages

First holiday, first holiday romance
The Lake District, Cumbria, England
In March 2015 we booked a long weekend to visit the stunning Lake District. On this trip we stayed in a very nice 'cottage' in Windermere Marina Village. To read more about this trip, click on the following link, Long weekend in the Lake District

Lake Windermere

Studying the wildlife at the edge of the lake

Bank Holiday weekend in North Yorkshire, England
In May 2015 we spent one of the bank holiday weekends staying at the Laskill Grange B&B just outside Helmsley. We stayed in the cosy Foxglove Cottage which in a previous life was the farm's pig sty. This is a great B&B, I guess the only downside was that breakfast, which was delicious, is served in the main house where dogs aren't allowed in the dining area. That aside, dogs are made very welcome and there is so much to do and see in the stunning part of the country. The amazing Rievaulx Abbey is only minutes away. For more on Laskill Grange and the surrounding area, clock on the following link and read on, North Yorkshire

Laskill Grange

People watching at Rieuvaulx Abbey

West Cork, Ireland
In June 2016 the three of us along with Susy's Mum took a trip across to Ireland. After a few days with family in Dublin we drove to West Cork where we stayed at the fabulous Dunmore House Hotel just outside Clonakilty. The staff at the hotel were wonderful, so welcoming to dogs, they really made all of us feel at home while we were there. The hotel is fantastic, set on the Atlantic coastline so the views are beautiful. Dogs are allowed in the hotel bar where the food is great so a wonderful destination with your furry daily member. To read more about this wonderful part of Ireland click on the link, Family visit to Ireland June 2016

Exploring around the Beacon, Baltimore

Stunning view of Bantry Bay from Bantry House

More from West Cork, Ireland
Around a three hour drive from Dublin, West Cork is a beautiful part of Ireland with lots to do, great food especially if you like seafood and some stunning scenery. We made another trip there in July 2017, this time the three of us stayed at Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge just outside Durrus. As with our pervious visit to this part of Ireland we had a fabulous welcome. Carbery Cottage is a great place to visit with a dog and as humans you're in for a treat as the breakfasts are out of this world. Interested, click on the link to read more, West Cork 2017. As I'm writing this for some reason I can't find any photos so hopefully the Blogpost will do the trick.

Wheeldon Trees Farm, Derbyshire, England
Earlier this year Susy surprised me with a trip to Wheeldon Trees Farm to celebrate my birthday. Wheeldon Trees Farm has a collection of holiday cottages converted from the original outbuildings. The cottages are fabulous with every home comfort you can possibly think of and more. Once you arrive there is no need to use your car as all your needs are catered for and there is some wonderful walking straight from the front of the cottage. I've just realised that I've not written a blogpost on this so until I catch up, here is a link to their wonderful website, just click here.

Wheeldon Trees Farm

Not a car in sight

Later in the summer we're planning a return visit to Connemara with Pina so more to follow.