Dog friendly cottages Scotland: Cosaig Cottage Review
We found Cosaig Cottage via Twitter and couldn’t wait to visit. I have to admit, as a hound lover, I was first lured in by the photographs of Luke (the owners beautiful greyhound) but the stunning scenery secured the booking. Cosaig is a top choice for dog friendly cottages Scotland.
There are so many beautiful places in Scotland! We tend to head to the highlands or Dumfries and Galloway so had never stayed in the Scottish Borders before. We usually rent remote cottages in Scotland but Cosaig is set in the pretty town of Innerleithen, Cosaig Cottage is a few miles from Peebles. Innerleithen is also only about 45 minutes from beautiful Edinburgh which happens to be my favourite city as it is where we got married. We celebrated with a tasting menu at Michelin starred The Kitchin which is a wonderful restaurant and I highly recommend.
Booking was easy. Jennifer, owner and fellow hound enthusiast, was friendly, flexible and helpful. Despite the challenges of Covid, everything was thoroughly organised. We received a full risk assessment before our stay so felt really safe visiting. On this note, the cottage was spotlessly clean, something I always really appreciate. Reasonably priced accomodation, with the added bonus that the dog charge for rescue dogs staying at Cosaig Cottage will be donated to the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary!
A warm welcome:
Reflecting the whole Cosaig ethos, we arrived to the most generous welcome hamper we had ever been given. Thoughtfully put together, we loved every bit. It contained homemade flapjack for us and the dogs, an extremely well received gift from Luke. Also included was Scottish oatcakes, fresh bread, eggs, homemade fudge, milk, butter and wine. A dog walking booklet and fresh sunflowers completed the gift. I told you that it was generous!
What a cosy home. The cottage had everything we could possibly need and was truly dog friendly, rather than dog tolerant. Organised with dog and owners comfort in mind, we were all completely at ease here. Many pictures of pointy-faced hounds adorn the walls which we loved.
Fans of stretching out, something we appreciate when on holiday is having two decent sized sofas. Using the throws provided, the dogs are allowed to get involved in the cuddles here to. The kitchen had everything we needed as keen cooks and the whole place felt like a true home from home.
A good sized double, the main bed had lovely cool linen. Add a peaceful area and window shutters and you have the recipe for a great night’s sleep.
Completing this dog friendly pad, a courtyard garden which is completely secure and hound proof. We enjoyed sitting outside and reading in the sunshine, as did the whippets. The village green also faces the cottage so convenient for a quick walk and a sniff.
As previously mentioned, there is lots to do from the front door here for walkers, joggers and cyclists. We barely used our car as the welcome booklet is full of recommended local walks, so many of which are from the front door. The central position of the cottage made it really assessible. We walked, literally a couple of minutes, to the local shops which include a Indian takeaway, ice-cream shop, gift shops, bakery and butcher. A fair-sized co-op means you have no need to drive anywhere unless you choose to.
From Cosaig Cottage:
There are many different, beautiful walks along the River Tweed detailed in the welcome folder. We enjoyed the railway path and I used this as my jogging route as it is beautiful and also felt very safe. The welcome folder details local meadows that are secure for off-lead dog action which is so useful for those that need to run.
Walking in the Innerleithen woods is tranquil and peaceful. Again, there are many variations in length and gradient so choose to suit you. Jon enjoyed the mountain biking which you can access from the town. Warning- approach with caution- some areas can be very steep and challenging. Jon fell off!
The oldest inhabited house in Scotland, Tranquair House, is extremely picturesque. Walk to the house and its grounds from Innerleithen.
Refresh with some Caldwell’s ice-cream. We loved the wide range of flavours including, ginger, Iron Bru, sea buckthorn and my favourite, a delicious peanut butter and chocolate swirl.
We ran out of time for all of the local things to do. Next time I want to try horse riding and Alpaca trekking.
A short journey away:
Nearby Peebles is home to the Hydro Hotel which has its own Scottish gin distillery and a spa. We walked the Tweed at Peebles and the ‘half mile tunnel’ which was very dark and quite creepy.
We had planned a day trip to Edinburgh, and the pretty Portobello beach as it is so easy from here but we didn’t this time due to Covid restrictions. Perhaps we will sneak off for a holiday home with a hot tub in Edinburgh! Or perhaps a trip to Glasgow which is under 2 hours away.
There are many, many more things to do. Check the Cosaig Cottage website for their many recommendations.
Dog friendly cottages Scotland:
Due to the warm hospitality of Jennifer and Luke, and the comfortable and well located cottage this was a happy and relaxed holiday for us. I noticed from the visitors books that many guests return and I can see why. We will most definitely be back.
Find more of our recommendations for truly dog friendly places to stay here.