"He is a Springer collie cross and adores the beach! He is at his happiest when he is racing along the sand, digging up seaweed and splashing in the sea. He also seems to enjoy visiting new shops and restaurants, but this might be due to all the biscuits he is offered by people!! - Heather, Glasgow
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Part 1 - The East Neuk of Fife
"It's so hard to pick just one of our favourite dog friendly places so we have chosen an area, the East Neuk of Fife. There are loads of beaches connected by the Fife Coastal Path and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to dog friendly cafes and restaurants and the seafood is amazing! A weekend walking along the Coastal Path took us through Crail, where we had a lobster cooked for us in the harbour and sat and ate it by the sea, Pittenweem where we watched seals in the harbour and had more amazing seafood in the Larach Mohr and St Monans where guess what? More amazing seafood in a dog friendly restaurant!
Our favourite place to eat in the East Neuk of Fife has to be The Ship Inn in Elie, the end of our adventure along the Coastal Path. Right on the beach, ideal spot for watching the beach cricket, changing tide and the amazing sunset. Whether we are sitting inside or out, Fergus is made welcome by all the staff and given biscuits and water. Along with being dog friendly, the relaxed atmosphere and good food makes this possibly my favourite restaurant." - Heather
Part 2 - The Isle of Mull
"We began our trip to Mull with a nights stay in Oban. We stayed in the Roseneath Guest House, one of several dog friendly B&Bs. For dinner we discovered what we think is the best place to eat in Oban, The Lorne Bar. We were limited in choice for dog friendly places to eat but enjoyed the Lorne. Amazing seafood and not expensive, best scallops I have ever had!
The next day we boarded the ferry and headed to Mull! CalMac operate the ferries between Oban and Mull and are happy to have dogs on board. We seemed to be able to take him anywhere but they also had a pet friendly area where Fergus made a lot of new pals!
Dairy Cottage | Our cottage for the week was a short drive away from the ferry terminal, and not far from Tobermory. Only a few minutes walk from the cottage was a small beach that we had to ourselves every morning.
We were keen to take a trip to Staffa however most trips left from Tobermory, the opposite side of the Island to where Staffa is. We wanted to keep the time on the boat as short as possible as we were not sure how Fergus would react. Turas Mara trips departed from near to Ulva and dog friendly so we booked with them. We didn’t need to worry about Fergus on the small boat rocking around on the waves, he loved it! Was quite happy watching the puffins fly over and sunbathe! As we approached Staffa the captain played The Hebrides, composed by Mendelssohn, who was inspired to write the piece after visiting the island and hearing the waves echo inside Fingal’s Cave. We had around an hour on Staffa, Fergus too, to explore the cave and head up the cliff to see the nesting puffins. It was great to be able to take Fergus to Staffa but we did need to be careful on the narrow slippery paths and along the top of the cliffs.
Once back on Mull we took another, very short, boat trip to the island of Ulva. A small island that you may have seen in the news recently. The community, a total of 6 people, on Ulva have recently managed to secure funding to buy their island. To reach the island we had to slide a wooden board to reveal a red square, this was visible to the captain on the island and he brought his tiny boat over to pick us up. Once on the island he then served us an amazing seafood lunch. Fergus was kept entertained chasing the captains Labrador Retriever around and greeting fishermen as they arrived.
We were pretty lucky with the weather but on the day it did rain we decided to stay mainly indoors at the Sgriob-Ruadh Farm, where they make the famous Isle of Mull Cheese. We went on a tour of the farm, Fergus too, they are happy to let dogs on the farm if they are kept on the lead. The only place we couldn’t take him was inside the cheese cellar so we took it in turns to wait outside with him. The smell of the cheese inside was amazing! After discovering that Fergus was not so keen on noisy pigs we had lunch in the farm cafe. The food was great and we loved the huge glass windows with views on Mull. If we had had more time and weren’t so spoiled with dog friendly places to eat we definitely would have gone back for lunch.
We were also spoilt for choice when it came to beaches. Mull is full of beautiful sandy beaches and most of the time we were the only people there, apart from the occasional sheep! Most of the beaches were sheep free, the only one we couldn’t let Fergus off lead was the beach at Knockvologan. The beach was at the end of a road then a walk along a path and I don’t think the sheep are use to people being there. They were not bothered by us or Fergus, so he did have to stay on lead. Even still, the beach was definitely worth a visit.
A beach I would love to go back to, but not sure I could drive there again was Carsaig. The steep single track road with a cliff at one side was not a fun drive! Once at the bottom there were not many places to park and we ended up leaving the car on a steep slope on 3 wheels! The beach was worth the trip though. It was not the usual sandy beach but a darker sand, with steep cliffs and waterfalls falling over into the sea.
We had thought we could drive round Mull pretty quickly but we soon discovered you go nowhere fast on Mull which we loved. Almost all of the roads are single track with tight bends and steep drops. The sheep on the road slowed us down as well! But we loved it, much more relaxing way to drive." - Heather
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