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Rocky Came Too! Bringing your furry friends on holiday

Skye and Lochalsh is a great place to bring your pet on holiday!  We take a look at some of things to consider if you are thinking of including your furry friends!

First things first – DO YOUR RESEARCH.  We have several holiday cottages where your furry friends will be most welcome but don’t assume that a cottages will take your pet unless you see the  PETS WELCOME symbol. Make sure that your chosen holiday destination has all the facilities your pet needs.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PETS  When booking your stay, please mention your wee furry friends! ‘Pets Welcome’ usually means that the owners are happy for one (or sometimes two) well behaved dogs to stay. Some owners will be happy to make exceptions for more than 2 dogs, and may even welcome cats (or other pets) but ASK US first. We can then check with the cottage owner. There is usually a small extra charge (per pet per week).

BE PREPARED Check with your vet that your pet is healthy and safe to travel. If your furry friend requires medication, remember to take this with you. Make sure that all their vaccinations,  flea and worm treatments etc are up to date and that your pet is micro-chipped.

ADD SOME ID It’s a good idea to add an identity tag to your pet’s collar with your name, holiday address and contact details. That way, if they get lost you can be reunited as quickly as possible.

RESPECT HOUSE RULES Make sure that you read the Booking Terms and Conditions and your cottage Welcome Pack for any house rules regarding your pets. Remember to keep pets away from the bedrooms and off the furniture. Never leave your pet in the cottage when you are out and if the cottage provides pet blankets to use on the furniture, do make sure that your pet uses them!  Or bring your own.

KEEPING YOUR PET UNDER CONTROL Make sure that your pet is supervised at all times and that they stay within the cottage garden. Always keep them on a lead when walking. If there are sheep or cattle nearby NEVER let your dog off the lead!

WALKS Check the information at your holiday cottage for any recommendations for local pet-friendly walks and pet-friendly pubs. Often the owners of the cottages which welcome pets, are pet owners themselves and they can be a great source of local knowledge

PET FRIENDLY COTTAGES In Skye and Lochalsh

We have over 20 holiday cottages in our area which welcome pets…..here are just three of them. Find out more by searching our website using the Pets filter or look for the Pets Welcome symbol.

6 Fasach is located in the North West of Skye, with sweeping views to the Western Isles. Built over 100 years ago, it has been recently refurbished retaining many traditional features. Sleeps 4 humans 

Four Winds, Teangue, is a lovely modern holiday home with amazing views over the Sound of Sleat and towards Knoydart. The holiday home is surrounded by a large garden with outstanding views. Sleeps 4 humans

Mable’s Cottage is a charming country cottage close to the ferry port of Uig and the magical Fairy Glen. There are two upstairs double bedrooms (one with king size bed, one with zip lock beds which can be made as a twin on request at the time of booking). Mable’s Cottage is most definitely pet friendly and provides dog bowls, beds, blankets, towels and poop bags! There are also dog throws for the furniture. There are no additional pet fees for Mable’s Cottage, but please do tell us about your furry friends at time of booking so that they can receive their doggie welcome pack! Sleeps 4 humans 

WILL YOUR PET BE HAPPY TAGGING ALONG? 

Before you commit to the idea of taking your pet on holiday with you, do consider that some animals can find a major change in routine, environment and travelling stressful. If your pet is likely to get stressed with travel and change, it may be better to leave them in the care of a responsible person whilst you enjoy a wee break.

Read the RSCPA’s handy factsheet Taking Your Dog On Holiday which you can download from their website

And finally….a word or two about dogs and sheep.

Even if your dog is the best behaved pooch in the world, their instinct is to chase, and a dog giving chase amongst sheep can cause all sorts of damage. Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 if a dog worries sheep on agricultural land, the person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence. In some cases the farmer (or crofter) has the right to shoot a dog attacking his (or her) sheep.

Remember to keep your dog on the lead around livestock, even if you can usually trust it to come to call. If you are staying in a cottage in a rural area, make sure that your dog cannot escape and find its way onto land containing sheep.

More information on the National Sheep website.