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10 of Argyll and Bute’s best dog-friendly getaways for post-lockdown, as chosen by The Good Hotel Guide

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From remote island hotels to the buzzing heart of a local community, hotels reachable only by boat to mountain views and renowned foodie destinations.

For those daydreaming about a holiday or mini break where four legged friends are just as welcome as their owners, here the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of the best dog friendly hotels in Argyll and Bute…

Argyll Hotel, Isle of Iona

On a spectacular island off the Isle of Mull, Argyll Hotel is a small village hotel overlooking the Sound of Iona.  Everything here feels as though it’s another world, built on high values and home comforts.

A dog friendly hotel, Argyll Hotel offers a relaxing environment for pets, surrounded by dog friendly beaches. Dogs are welcome in the rooms as well as select public areas. They will love curling up by the fire or having a cooling bowl of water in the bar.

The Colonsay, Colonsay – Isle of Colonsay

A short wander up a single track road from the ferry on the Isle of Colonsay and you will find a modest hotel – The Colonsay.

An unpretentious and informal inn with a buzzy bar, this boutique hotel allows one well-behaved dog in two of their bedrooms, and they are sure to be as enchanted as you will.

The Airds Hotel, Arduaine

On Loch Linnhe, with the Morvern mountains beyond, Relais & Châteaux’s The Airds Hotel is a former ferry inn that takes hospitality to another level.

This country retreat on the West Coast of Scotland welcomes dogs for a nominal charge of £10 per night for each dog – they can provide food and will even have dog blankets readily available.

Bridgend House, Bridgend – Isle of Islay

A feature of Islay’s landscape for more than 150 years, Bridgend Hotel is a traditional retreat within easy reach of the island’s distilleries, walking trails and the lochs.

Located at the “Heart of Islay”, it has 11 rooms to choose from, all of which are simple but elegant, and it welcomes well behaved dogs in the bedrooms and Katie’s Bar.

The Pierhouse, Port Appin

With enchanting, ever-changing scenery, The Pierhouse is a pretty little hotel beside Loch Linnhe and, as the name suggests, is a 19th-century piermaster’s house. It has spectacular views to the Isle of Lismore.

Dogs are welcome at this family run Port Appin hotel for a fee of £15.00 per dog per night. Dogs are also welcome in the Ferry Bar, Lismore Dining Room and Bar Terrace.

Loch Melfort Hotel, Oban

A dog friendly retreat on the Argyll coast, Loch Melfort Hotel is set in 17 acres of gardens running down to the beach.

This four star country house hotel by the sea takes in the tranquil beauty of the Sound of Jura and Asknish Bay. It has pet-friendly bedrooms where they are welcomed with dog essentials including towels and treats.

The Creggans Inn, Strachur

A historic country inn with loch views and an unmistakable white exterior, The Creggans Inn on Loch Fyne dates back to the 1800s and is a family run hotel with oodles of character.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at a charge of £7.50 per pet per night with a maximum of one large dog or two small dogs per room. They are allowed in the bar, but not in the lounges and dining room.

Kilberry Inn, Kilberry

This red tin-roofed restaurant with rooms in the village of Kilberry is deliciously unassuming, offering wonderful food, an informal setting and a spectacular location by the water.

For those travelling with four legged friends, The Kilberry Inn has two rooms available for well-behaved dogs – just let them know in advance.

The Colintraive Hotel, Colintraive

Offering peace, tranquillity and beautiful local food on the edge of Loch Lomond, Colintraive Hotel is situated in a national park.

It’s all log fires and magical walking surroundings at this coastal hotel, and dogs will love the scenic strolls. You can spot incredible wildlife from red squirrels and eagles to basking sharks, followed by a cool drink and a treat in the hotel bar afterwards.

Kilmeny Country House, Ballygrant – Isle of Islay

In the centre of a 300-acre, family-owned farm, Kilmeny Country House is a 19th century farmhouse in the heartlands of Islay. Offering five-star quality and good old fashioned values, this is a destination that’s all about magical scenery and home-baked treats.

All the little details are taken care of, from fresh milk, coffee, a shoe cleaning box and hairdryer in your room to a big smile and warm welcome to dogs, which are allowed to stay in some of the bedrooms by prior arrangement.