They're with us through the best of times, and the worst of times; our dogs have been more a part of our lives than ever over the last 18 months - seeing us through multiple lockdowns, keeping our spirits up and getting us out the house. So, it seems only fair that they get a holiday, too.
This summer nearly 12 million dog owners plan to take their pets on a road trip, according to a new survey from Direct Line Group. But, with a dog in tow, it's important to plan your staycation in greater detail: you need to think about whether your accommodation is dog-friendly, as well as the restaurants and attractions nearby, being near a vet helps and having plenty of walking trails available will make the journey much more enjoyable for all involved.
In short, it's quite a feat of planning, which is why we're grateful that the team at tails.com have done the research for us, and revealed the top 10 woof-worthy road trips across the UK, based on five-point criteria.
They analysed a list of the most popular UK road trips, using the following five factors to give each one a score out of 50: dog-friendly accommodation, vets within 2km, Dog-friendly restaurants, dog-friendly attractions and walking trails.
According to the research, Edinburgh to Kirkwall comes in at number one as the UK’s most dog-friendly road trip, scoring 31.7 out of the possible 50. The route has four main stopping points including Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Kirkwall.
With a total of 336 dog-friendly Airbnbs, 90 vets and 72 dog-friendly restaurants available at the main stopping points, this particular road trip also had 8 dog-friendly activities listed and one of the highest number of walking trails with 220.
Following a close second, the Atlantic Highway road trip earned itself a score of 30.1. The route has four main stopping points, including, Barnstaple, Bude, Exmoor National Park and Newquay.
The full list of the top 10 dog-friendly road trips in the UK can be found below:
Edinburgh to Kirkwall - Score 31.7/50
Atlantic Highway - 30.1
Oxford to Wye Valley 28.3
Plymouth to Southampton - 27.6
Royal Deeside Tourist Route - 25.9
The Cambrian Way - 25.4
Kendal to Keswick - 23.4
Heart 200 - 23.4
Cardiff to Tenby - 22.9
The Lake District Loop - 22.6
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