Dog friendly cottages Scotland: Cosaig Cottage Review
We originally 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 the owners beautiful rescue greyhounds but the stunning scenery secured the booking. We have since visited twice and plan to be back again soon. Cosaig Cottage is a top choice for dog friendly cottages in 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 finding the cottage. We usually rent remote cottages in Scotland but Cosaig is set in the pretty town of Innerleithen, a few miles from Peebles. Innerleithen is also only about 45 minutes from 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 which I highly recommend.
Booking here is really easy. Jennifer, owner and fellow hound enthusiast, is super friendly, flexible and helpful. Despite the challenges of Covid, everything is thoroughly organised and we felt very safe visiting. On this note, the cottage is spotlessly clean, something I always really appreciate. Reasonably priced accommodation, with the added bonus that the dog charge for rescue dogs staying at Cosaig Cottage is donated to the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary!
A warm welcome:
Reflecting the whole Cosaig ethos, guests arrive to the most generous welcome hamper. Thoughtfully put together, it contains homemade flapjack for humans and dogs (an extremely well received gift from hounds for hounds!) Also included; Scottish oatcakes, fresh bread, eggs, Scottish tablet, milk, butter and wine. A dog walking booklet, fresh fruit bowl and flowers completed the gift. I told you that it was generous!
What a cosy home. The cottage has everything guests could possibly need and is truly dog friendly, rather than dog tolerant. Organised with dog and owners comfort in mind, guests can feel completely at ease here. Many pictures of pointy-faced hounds adorn the walls which we love.
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 has everything keen cooks need and the whole place feels home from home.
The bedroom has good sized double bed and lovely cool linen. The complete blackout given by the window shutters and you have the recipe for a great night’s sleep.
This dog friendly pad has a courtyard garden which is completely secure and hound proof. We enjoy sitting outside and reading in the sunshine, and so do the whippets. The village green also faces the front of the cottage so is very 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, fruit and veg shop, 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. Dog friendly restaurant Osso is delicious and definitely worth visit.
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 trip to Edinburgh next time! Glasgow is also 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 hounds, and the comfortable and well located cottage we always look forward to a happy and relaxed holiday here. I noticed from the visitors books that many guests return and we will most definitely be back again.
Find more of our recommendations for truly dog friendly places to stay here.