Top Dog Friendly Destinations for a Digital Detox

man enjoying digtal detox holiday with his dog

Disconnect. Slow down. Breathe deeply. Be in the moment. Time out with your dog is the perfect excuse to ditch digital distractions and reconnect with nature. In our fast-paced, tech-led lifestyles, never has it been more vital to switch off our screens and switch on to our surroundings.

It’s good for our physical and mental health, our social connections, and our sanity. Not to mention that it’s great for our relationships with our canine companions. Time then, for a dog-friendly, digital detox holiday

So, why not take time out in our top destinations where you can swap 5G for five-star scenery, WiFi for wellbeing, and screen time for special time with your loved ones and your four-legged friends? 

The Lake District, Cumbria

Ted the dog on The Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District
Ted the dog on The Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District. Photo by Elliot Walker

Pack your walking boots, waggy-tailed friend and a sense of adventure for a break in the Lake District, where you can disconnect and reboot amidst the peaks and wilderness. Swap Netflix dramas for landscape drama, and switch off your phone to clock up hours of rosy-cheeked walks, dog-friendly boat trips and human-to-human connection in cosy inns. 

You’ll be too busy hiking in the fells, splashing in the lakes and snapping up the sensational scenery to worry about the variable WiFi speed at this remote Wasdale Getaway

Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Isle of Lewis
Bosta Beach and Iron Age House, Isle of Lewis

The Scottish islands tick to their own slower pace of life, where the rising tide of the digital era has done nothing to alter the wild and elemental lifestyle.

Hop on a dog-friendly ferry crossing to Lewis and Harris on the north-western tip of the British Isles, where you’ll discover empty sugar-white beaches, a rugged, desolate coastline, and time-forgotten villages with dog-friendly inns where you might just pick up a mobile signal to upload your latest Insta-worthy pics. 

Inside the spectacular Two Seas – overlooking The Minch to the east and the Atlantic to the West – you’ve got all the mod cons of a Smart TV and WiFi, but you’ll be too distracted watching the waves and wildlife from sunrise to sunset. 

Dartmoor National Park, Devon

Dog on Dartmoor

Get offline and off the beaten track with your dog in the wilderness of Dartmoor, for a whopping dose of natural sensory stimulation in hundreds of miles of rolling moorland and magical forests.

Reap the benefits of the sounds, sights and physical interactions with nature – whether that’s dipping in burbling brooks, trotting up muddy tors, or bounding across wide open heathland without a soul in sight. The scenery of Dartmoor National Park inspires the senses.

Bag this three-bedroom cottage close to the river at Dartmeet, and you can slip into the glorious landscapes or soak up the scenery from your hot tub. 

Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Preseli Hills Gors Fawr stone circle
Preseli Hills Gors Fawr stone circle

Rising over 500 metres above the North Pembrokeshire countryside, on the edge of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the sparsely populated Preseli Hills boasts wild and pristine moorland and heathland terrain to explore with your hound at your heels.

Far from the more-trammelled coastal paths, here you can capture panoramic views of the Irish Sea and Snowdonia (get your phone camera out if you must) and step along the ancient Golden Road along the spine of the mountains, which harks back to the Neolithic period. 

After days filled with adventures with your canine companion, kick back in a cosy cottage for two, and let your attention be drawn to the simple pleasures of relaxing beside the logburner and stargazing from the wood-fired hot tub. One of the best holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire for a digital detox.

Bamburgh, Northumberland

Dog at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland
Dog on the beach at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

Far from the trappings of some of the UK’s busier coastal destinations, the Northumberland coastline is characterised by wild and empty scenes of vast, sandy beaches. Here, with your dog at your side, the crashing of the waves, and gulls soaring overhead, the sea breeze sweeps away any techno-stress induced by the constant flurry of emails and Insta feeds.

If you’re looking for entertainment, head to the dog-friendly attractions of Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island, and at nightfall avert your gaze from your screen to the dark and starry skies of the Northumberland National Park – England’s first and largest International Dark Sky Park. 

Ditch your screen and enjoy a back-to-nature digital detox in a fairytale Shepherd’s Hut. There is no telly to distract you, and there is a communal teepee where you can connect under the stars with a tipple around the fire pit. 

Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Snowdonia dog

Slip away from screen life and into a stunning backdrop of mountains, lakes, and forests in the Snowdonia National Park. Focussed on tackling the highest mountain in Wales, woodland walks to waterfalls, and wow-factor views aboard heritage steam train rides, there’s no chance your attention will be snagged by digital distractions.

Hideaway in a secluded old quarry man’s cottage dating back to the 1800s, surrounded by the gob-smacking views of Snowdonia National Park. A characterful place to stay for a relaxing break without distractions on a scenic holiday in Wales.

Book your UK dog-friendly digital detox holiday accommodation

Browse our collection of dog-friendly cottages where you can get back to nature, and, once you’ve selected the perfect destination to disconnect and unwind, switch off your phone for a screen-free sojourn.

Note: This is just a selection of destinations we recommend for a digital detox with your dog. However, almost all of our properties have WiFi, so if you must connect during your time away, there’s Google, film nights and your favourite tunes at your fingertips.

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