13 of the Most Instagrammable Dog Friendly Locations in the UK

With over 13 million dogs now living in UK households, us paw-rents just love sharing our waggy-tailed adventures on social media. Hashtag #dogsofinstagram and there are over three million posts of our four-legged friends having fun. And plenty of us dog lovers even follow a pet influencer or two. So, just where are the best places in the UK to get that Insta snap of you and your pooch? We’ve ranked some of the UK’s most Insta-worthy, dog-friendly locations to inspire your next break with your canine companion. 

1. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh 

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Not only has Edinburgh been crowned the UK’s top location for dog-friendly holidays (by tails.com), this dormant volcano rising from the edge of the city centre takes pride of place as the most popular dog-friendly attraction according to Insta hashtags. Climb to the top of Arthur’s Seat for a snap of your pooch overlooking this canine-happy city that boasts a winning combo of canine-friendly green spaces, eateries and attractions.

2. Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland 

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Walkways, forts, temples and Roman bathhouses can be sniffed out along this mighty stone wall that wends its way across the heart of the UK through Northumberland and Cumbria. An impressive feat of engineering by the Roman Empire, there’s no shortage of photogenic angles to capture a shot of you exploring with your hound along its 73 miles. 

3. Lake Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria 

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Dogs on boats, dogs on trails, dogs on peaks and dogs in pubs… Lake Windermere in the Lake District is a true haven for your four-legged friends, whatever level of adventure and Insta shot you’re looking for. 

At 10.5 miles long, it’s the largest natural lake in England, and it’s up to you and your four-legged friend if you want to explore it from the land, water, or one of the pretty Lakeland towns on its perimeter. 

4. Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire 

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Walk in the footsteps of Count Dracula as you climb 199 steps to the incredibly Insta-worthy ruins of this gothic abbey perched above Whitby Beach. And it’s not just a picturesque spot where dogs are welcome; Whitby itself is one of the UK’s most dog-friendly destinations, on the doorstep of hundreds of miles of paw-friendly paths weaving along the Yorkshire coast and through the North Yorks National Park.  

5. Watergate Bay, Cornwall 

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A wave-lashed domain where dog walkers, wildlife and surfers mingle, Watergate Bay’s two miles of golden sands fills Insta feeds the world over. This beach is one of the most picturesque in Cornwall. And it’s not just pictures of dogs frolicking in the sea foam or bounding along the beautiful beach backed by granite cliffs. With a handful of swanky dog-friendly eateries bang on the beach, there are plenty of snaps of sandy-pawed dogs reclining in sea-view lounges with a dog blanket, treat and water bowl.

6. Corfe Castle, Dorset

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This thousand-year-old fortress in Dorset is one of the National Trust’s top dog-friendly properties – because even Fido can snuffle up close to its history of treachery, treason and warfare. Just like the Kings and Queens of the castle, hounds can rummage around the romantic ruins, bound around with beautiful views across the Purbeck, and join you in the tearoom for refreshments. Insta shot, or what? 

7. Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

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Of all of Scotland’s remarkable scenery to explore with your hound, this impressive rock stack on the Isle of Skye is the one most featured on Instagram. The well-signposted, fairly moderate hike makes it a popular route for dog walkers who don’t want to tackle more challenging peaks, and you’ll be well rewarded with a cracking photo of your pooch, the pinnacle and jaw-dropping views over the Sound of Raasay.

8. Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

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Get a snap of your four-legged friend digging into over 3,000 years of history at this iconic fortress perched on a wild stretch of northeast England’s coastline. Once you’ve uncovered the legends and stories behind every stone, scamper through the dunes to one of the UK’s most dog-friendly beaches, and capture another Insta shot of your sandy-pawed hound with the castle in the background.  

9. Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales

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Dubbed the ‘supermodel of British beaches’, this sublime sandy playground is one of the UK’s finest backdrops for an Insta pic of your four-legged friend. But it’s not just about the photo opportunity; make sure you put the camera away and immerse yourself in the beauty of its white sands and waves, and take a low-tide adventure across the causeway to Worms Head. Rhossili Bay is a must-visit place to visit on a dog-friendly holiday on the Gower Peninsula in Wales.

10. The White Cliffs of Dover, Kent

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Not just one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, but in the world, you can see the striking chalky White Cliffs of Dover across the English Channel from France. With ten miles of cliff tops to ramble along the cliff tops there are plenty of vantage points for the paw-fect picture, as well a dog-friendly pitstop in the café as the South Foreland Lighthouse. When you’ve had your cliff top fill, retreat to one of our many cottages along the Kent coast.

11. Delamere Forest, Cheshire

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A stunning setting for a dog-friendly adventure, it’s no surprise that the largest area of woodland in Cheshire ranks highly for dog-friendly destinations on Insta. Whether you’ve got an hour or a whole day, roam the leafy pathways through shady glens to glorious viewpoints (you can see all the way to Liverpool on a clear day). It’s all so photogenic – especially in the autumn glow – and if you’ve got kids in tow make sure you seek out the Gruffalo for a photo with this celeb in the deep, dark woods. Hunker down in a cosy cottage nearby after a hard day running about in the woods.

12. The Needles, Isle of Wight

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One of our top dog-friendly holiday destinations in the UK, over half of the Isle of Wight is an AONB – making it a photogenic prospect wherever you take your four-legged friend. However, its most Instagrammed landmark is The Needles. And while the crowds queue to marvel at the coloured sands and chalk stacks from a chairlift, bag your own gull’s eye view on a wonderful walkies along the headland.

13. Holkham Beach, Norfolk

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The sweeping golden sands of Holkham Beach is one of our favourite dog-friendly beaches in Norfolk and has been used for many a backdrop – including for Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and the All Saints for the music video of their hit ‘Pure Shores’. Dogs can bound along this beautiful dune-backed beach all year round, providing the perfect setting for your own #dogsofinstagram picture while on holiday with your dog in Norfolk

Book a break to the UK’s most Instagrammable dog-friendly locations. 

Whether you want to capture city life with your canine companion or snap a sandy-pawed post for your Insta feed, we’ve got a huge range of Dog Friendly Retreats in the UK’s most photogenic locations. 

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