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dog-friendly guide to glasgow

Harold, Sam and I had an amazing time in Glasgow. Not only was it a new city for me to fall in love with (and I really do love Scotland) but the city fell in love with Harold. It is no exaggeration to say that we couldn’t go more than 3 minutes down the street at a time before someone would stop as to ask to stroke/hold/cuddle/photograph Harold. We ran into another sausage dog owner (the owner of lovely 10 year old George) and we remarked upon the phenomenon. She agreed and said that it happens to her too. She said it was “like walking a giraffe”. 

Which was a pretty apt description of what it was like to see people’s reactions to Harold. Including the staff of the Travelodge that we were staying in. The lovely Anna checked us in and gave Harold so much attention, and then turned around and got all the other girls out from the Travelodge office to fawn over him as well. He was a much loved dog. 

Glasgow is the 3rd largest city in the UK (and the largest in Scotland) and we found it supremely dog friendly. 

Here’s my Dog-Friendly Guide to Glasgow
harold in travelodge glasgow

Stay: 

It surprised me that the Travelodge was so dog-friendly but they are. We stayed in the Travelodge on Queen Street in Glasgow, and it was an absolute treat to get to stay (affordably) in the heart of the city with our four-legged child. Not only was the Travelodge willing to let us have Harold with us, but they went out of their way to make him (and us) feel welcome at check-in. The only thing that Harold wasn’t allowed to do with us at the Travelodge was go to breakfast the next day, but he was more than happy to wait for us in the room. 

Do: 

glasgow cathedral
For a large, urban city, Glasgow had a stunning amount of green space which allowed us to explore the city, whilst not feeling like we had to leave Harold out. 

Glasgow Green is the oldest park in Glasgow as it was established in the 15th century. It followers the Northern Bank of the River Clyde and the park is awash in historical monuments! 

Kelvingrove Park was probably my favourite of the parks that we visited in Glasgow. It is a massive 85 acre park. The museum was excellent as well, though that was not dog-friendly. The park was designed and created by the same head gardener who was in charge of the Crystal Palace project (I used to live next to Crystal Palace Park in London) and it definitely had similar vibes. 

One of my favourite things that we did was visit the Glasgow Necropolis. I called it Glasgow’s answer to Highgate. It’s a large Victorian cemetery in Glasgow and it is built up on a hill with incredible views of the city. It’s a really stunning place. 

You can’t visit Glasgow, without doing at least one walk along the River Clyde
river clyde

I also highly recommend wandering around the Cathedral precinct and see the outside of the Glasgow Cathedral. 

And last but not least, explore the beautiful campus of the University of Glasgow. It has a very Hogwarts-esque vibe.

Eat: 

Lots of Glasgow eateries are very dog-friendly. 

Enjoy dinner at Mono which was more than happy to let us be there with Harold. Mono is located at: 12 King St, Glasgow Metropolitan Area G1 5RB

The Singl-End Cafe was also very welcoming of dogs. Singl-End is located at: 265 Renfrew St, G3 6TT

Brewdog on Argyle Street is happy to have you bring a well-behaved four-legged friend along. It is located at: 1397 Argyle St,  G3 8AN

And I didn’t go in the following, but research before our trip came up with the following delicious and dog-friendly places: 

The Finnieston located at 1125 Argyle St,  G3 8ND
The Butterfly & Pig located at 153 Bath St, G2 4SQ
Soho on Miller located at 84 Miller St, G1 1DT
Ubiquitous Chip located at 12 Ashton Ln, G12 8SJ
The 78 Cafe located at 10-14 Kelvinhaugh St, G3 8NU

It was our first time traveling away from home overnight with Harold, and I definitely feel like we learned a lot about our relationship with Harold and his behaviour by traveling with him. And the good news is that I’d travel again with Harold in a heartbeat. 

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glasgow city centre gate in glasgow green dog-friendly guide to glasgow city square glasgow bridge over river clyde all of glasgow green

We had a great time in Glasgow and most importantly, I didn’t feel like we missed out on anything just because we were there with our pet. 

Have you traveled with a pet before? Or enjoyed the riches that Glasgow has to offer? 

***This post was in collaboration with Travelodge, but all opinions are forever my own. I want to give Travelodge a big “thank you” for having us all along!*** 

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  • That’s so good and quite surprising of Travelodge! Is it just specific rooms or their whole Policy everywhere? Alice xxxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

    • I believe that they all allow dogs but I do think that it’s only specific rooms (so I guess they if there all booked maybe you couldn’t bring a furry friend?) It was a really small deposit to bring a pet so it was definitely worth it! x

  • it seems that Harold had the best of times in Glasgow:)

  • Aww how cute is Harold!! This was a great post and looks like you had a great time! Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Harold is so cute, it’s not surprising he was a rock star on your travels. Haven’t been to Glasgow for years but loved it when we were there. I do hope your dog friendly travel guides will become a regular thing. Once Mr P learns to drive, we’re going to embrace trips in the UK and obviously we need to take the whippet with us! x

    • I’ll definitely keep doing some dog-friendly guides! We don’t have any family travels planned soon, but as soon as we do our next one, I’ll whip a post up! x

  • Does Harold have his own IG account yet?

  • Laura Emilia

    Harold is just the cutest! I’m in love with that first picture. <3

    Your photos are so beautiful and they're making me want to go back to Glasgow. I went there a year and a half ago and loved it so much. The food in Mono was SO good & I really enjoyed Kelvingrove Park too. xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • I spent my third year abroad in Glasgow and I just moved back for grad school! I don’t have a dog myself but I see them out all the time and agree that this is a super dog-friendly city.

    I walk through the Botanics every day on my way to class! Such a beautiful little part of the city.

    Clementine | My Darling Clementine

    • Ah! Glasgow is so lovely, I’m quite jealous that you get to live there!

      Do you have any favourite Glaswegian places that I must visit next time? xx

  • I absolutely love Glasgow. It’s one of my favourite cities in the UK! Looks like you had a great time.

    Mike
    http://www.thebeardedbakery.com

  • I love the trend of dog friendly places, great for pet owners, and great for me to fawn all over their dogs haha. There’s a bully that comes into our pub every friday and I get soooo excited to see him and play with him for a bit.

    • Ahhhh I love bull dogs faces! Next time you have some free time we’ll have to get you over to snuggle Harold (I’d offer to bring him down to Doncaster to you but he’d destroy your beautiful home) .