I am very pleased to welcome Eddie the Tibetan Terrier to Pawfect Weekend. He really has it sorted, having very skilfully persuaded his humans to never leave him alone. So, he is the ‘Pawfect’ guest for us as he has so many dog friendly suggestions, plus one of his humans is an amazing photographer as you will see. You can follow Eddie’s adventures on Instagram here.
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Eddie, a 6 year old Tibetan Terrier and I live in Edinburgh’s New Town. I am an urban pooch and a man about town; I own a few items of tweed and occasionally don my tammy (hat) for special occasions. I’m well known around the local streets and enjoy human company, biscuits and lying in the sun. You may find me in Edinburgh’s finest public houses and eateries but equally I love getting out in the hills and travelling with my humans around Scotland on my next adventure.
2) What is your favourite dog friendly town or city in the UK?
Edinburgh’s Stockbridge is on my doorstep and by far the most dog friendly place I’ve ever been. There are cafes, pubs, restaurants, card shops, chocolate shops, charity shops, stationary shops, butchers, hairdressers, artisan bakeries, tailors….the list goes on – that I am always welcome in. It’s really important to me to be with my humans as I suffer from terrible separation anxiety (a Tibetan Terrier trait), so my humans decided that I am always with them! It’s the perfect place to live. A lot of the places that we visit have dog bowls, biscuits and welcoming humans to give me a chin scratch.
3) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend at home?
My Pawfect Weekend would include a late start to my morning. I like to move through to our lounge around 9am to lie on sun strips to give me energy for my day. My humans are up way too early and usually potter around me until I’m ready to get up and out. We have our morning walk in Dean Gardens which is one of Edinburgh’s many green spaces. I have nine acres to wander in, listen to birds sing and the Water of Leith babble. The gardens have been there since the 1860’s and have a range of trees, flowers and wildlife. After I’ve had a sniff around and met some familiar furry faces on my route, we head down for a wander to the Stockbridge Market (held every Sunday) where we wander round all the stalls. I sniff all the wonderful smells of street food, artisan bakers, game, and sometimes even my personal favourite; the dog biscuit stall! My humans usually buy their coffee and croissants and we head home for brunch.
In the afternoon we’ll jump in the car and head down to my favourite beach in the world; Gullane, East Lothian. I love the beach! One of my humans is a keen photographer and takes her camera with her everywhere, but I don’t mind, I like to pose! When we return home in the late afternoon, there’s time for a short nap before I’m wearing my tweed bow-tie-collar and we’re off out again to meet some friends for supper and a drink. One of our favourite eating venues is Pickles of Broughton Street. A dog friendly establishment that provides a range of cheese and meat platters with some well priced wines and ports (so my humans tell me). I get a few chin rubs and a large bowl of water and listen to the chatter from under the table.
4) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend away from home?
My Pawfect Weekend away includes good food, scenery and lots of fun! Last tear we did a section of Scotland’s North Coast 500 trail in the far north west of Scotland. It is probably one of the most beautiful road trips with stunning scenery. ( Some of you may recall Caitlynn telling us about her plans to travel the NC500 too). On our journey up we stayed in Aviemore for a night to break up the drive. We had a dog friendly room in the Cairngorm Hotel which was nice. But I wasn’t allowed in the bar or restaurant (booooo!!), so we walked out to the Old Bridge Inn which was recommended and dog friendly; however it was booked out! So we ended up having fish and chips in the street….I think with some pre planning it would have been fine.
We set off the next day for our destination which was The Torridon Hotel in Wester Ross. We stayed in the dog friendly Chestnut Cottage with it’s own walled garden, log-fired stove and room service breakfast (since I don’t like being left). In the evenings we are in the adjoining ‘Inn’ which had a fantastic range of food and drink and was of course dog friendly. I wasn’t allowed in the main hotel, but that’s ok there was so much to do in the surrounding area, with walks by the beautiful sea loch and forest trails.
We set off in the car to do a section of the NC500 and up and over the ‘Bealach Na Ba’ pass to Applecross, with lots of corners and single track. We stopped at Sands beach and had a paddle and play.
After a few days in Torridon we took the long way home and drove through the stunning mountains of Glencoe and made a special visit to the James Bond ‘Skyfall’ road in Glen Etive. Dinner followed at the Boathouse at Cameron House, where I was allowed at the decking tables outside looking over the marina at Loch Lomond. (Sadly, Cameron House is currently closed after a fire).
5) What do you look for when you are choosing a place to go away to?
My humans try to look for dog friendly accommodation that truly is dog friendly. I like to be with them everywhere so a bar to eat in the evening, or a table to sit under at breakfast really makes a big difference. I don’t want to go away only to be restricted to one room and room service.
6) Do you have any tips for travelling with your dog?
- On road trips make sure the windows are down for ample sniffing.
- Pack favourite toys and blanket to feel more at home.
- Go for a walk on arrival at destination for better relaxation.
7) Any items you would never travel without?
- My favourite blanket
- Toy bone
- Water and portable travel bowl.
8) Do you have any other dog friendly gems or fabulous adventures you would like to tell us about?
We have lots of favourite places that we visit and would highly recommend, here is a snippet;
The Raeburn, Stockbridge – Fabulous dog friendly bar area with outdoor seating for those hot summer nights. Bowls of water are provided and staff very dog friendly. For humans, there is a great wine and drinks list, well priced cocktails and a great menu (they have a Josper grill for charcoal fired meats).
Culbin Edge, Moray Coast – An eco-chic self catering getaway on the beautiful Moray Coast. It has a wood fired hot tub and the owner Kate leaves you croissants and bread for your first morning. It’s on the edge of Culbin forest with miles and miles of trails leading to the stunning beaches of Findhorn and beyond. Whale watching, birds, seals, and the stars at night are just some of the spectacular things on offer. Great place for humans and pups!
Tynemouth, NE England – The town of Tynemouth is really dog friendly. After a wander on one of the many surrounding beaches (some are not dog friendly in the summer so check before you walk) there are plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from.
St Andrews, Fife – Hotel Du Vin has dog friendly rooms and pups are welcome in their bar area. We’ve stayed on a couple of occasions and found the staff to be really pro-dog. breakfast has to be taken in the bar area but it’s no problem to the staff and you’re well looked after. Of course St Andrews has the fantastic West Sands beach for running and playing on too! Tentsmuir forest and beach is only up the coast and also recommended for it’s trails and walks. We saw basking seals (topping up their tans) lounging about the beach.
As you can see Eddie really does know how to travel in style, and has so many great recommendations. If you enjoy these fabulous photos as much as I do, you won’t regret following Eddie on Instagram for lots more. Thank you Eddie!