The UK’s most dog-friendly road trips revealed

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Photo credit: Peter Cade
Photo credit: Peter Cade

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.

Photo credit: Nicola Colombo
Photo credit: Nicola Colombo

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.

Photo credit: Feifei Cui-Paoluzzo
Photo credit: Feifei Cui-Paoluzzo

The full list of the top 10 dog-friendly road trips in the UK can be found below:

  1. Edinburgh to Kirkwall - Score 31.7/50

  2. Atlantic Highway - 30.1

  3. Oxford to Wye Valley 28.3

  4. Plymouth to Southampton - 27.6

  5. Royal Deeside Tourist Route - 25.9

  6. The Cambrian Way - 25.4

  7. Kendal to Keswick - 23.4

  8. Heart 200 - 23.4

  9. Cardiff to Tenby - 22.9

  10. The Lake District Loop - 22.6

Photo credit: tails.com
Photo credit: tails.com

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