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The Bothy
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River Doon & Woodland
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Member of The Kennel Club 'Open for Dogs' campaign  


we also brought our pet owners!

Poppy Millen looking for fish


Doggy info for pet owners

Your dog is a key member of your family and is also on holiday!

We request that dogs should not be left on their own in the Bothy whilst you are out and about, as some dogs can become quite distressed if they are left alone in an unfamiliar environment and this can manifest itself in different ways.

We have had occasions in the past where this has resulted in damage to the property.

If you have a suitably sized dog crate, then you can leave your pet as long as it has access to water but not for periods of more than 3-4 hours.

If you do not have a crate, but want to go out for the morning, afternoon or evening without your dog, we can offer the following dog services:

Dog walking and dog sitting services

  • For crated dogs to give them a stretch, we can provide a one hour dog walk for £15. You will need to supply dog leads etc.
  • For dogs without crates, we can provide a 6 hour doggy sit session for £25. This will include:
    • At least two walks (on lead - extendable lead preferred), one of which will be of at least an hour and include riverside; woodland and pavement for variety.
    • We will sit with your dog to keep it company.
    • Feed your dog (you provide food).
    • Enable your dog to access the Bothy back garden.
    • Any other special requests within reason!

If you wish to take advantage of either of the above; please let us know when you book or on your arrival.

We are of course happy to work around your requirements.

What to bring with you

Your dog is on holiday too, so it's really important that you consider their needs etc. If you are bringing your dog with you, please bring your own: 

  1. Dog bed. Your dog likes to chill out as well, and their own dog bed provides comfort and familiarity. They may also have their own special blanket[s]
  2. Dog toys. If you dog has a chewy toy or ball that it loves - bring it along to reinforce familiarity.
  3. Dog towels. When your dog comes back after walks they will need washing down. Bringing your own towels means that you can dry them off without using our Egyptian cotton guest towels!
  4. Poop scoop bags - preferably environmentally friendly / biodegradable ones to clear up after your dog.
  5. Dog lead and/or extendable dog lead.
  6. Collar.
  7. Initial supply of food.
  8. Dog identification tag.
  9. Any medication your dog may be on or need.

As part of our commitment to best practice, we provide a doggy emergency box which comprises:

  • Bucket and sponge to wash your dog
  • Holiday dog tags
  • Kennel area
  • Pet food fork
  • Scoop bags
  • Spare lead
  • Emergency towel to wipe down dog
  • Torch for dog walking
  • Water bowl bowl and mat
  • Emergency dog food.
  • Dog shampoo

We also provide:

  • Dog walk information included in 'what to' do leaflet.
  • Information on all year dog friendly beaches nearby.
  • Information on local dog grooming service.
  • On site and nearby off lead walks.
  • A dog sitting and feeding service in case you want to be out and about without your wee friend.
  • Information about vets provided within welcome pack.
  • Dog walks available from the door [no need to drive].
  • Dog friendly outdoor seating areas.
  • Access to water

Dog Friendly Pubs and Restaurants

The Failford Inn [Failford, near Mauchline, postcode KA5 5TF. Tel: 01292 540 117]. 22 mins drive from Doonbank. A dog friendly pub and resturant on the banks of the River Ayr, which can be walked from its source to the sea, via the River Ayr way. The Failford also brews its own beer on-site in its Windie Goat Brewery!

The Balgarth Pines [8 Dunure Road, Ayr, KA7 4HR. Tel: 01292 442441. 3 minutes drive from Doonbank Cottaqe. [Canopy area at rear of restaurant)

If you are a local restarurant or pub that welcomes pets,please let us know and we will add you to this list.

The Waterfront (4 S Harbour St, Ayr KA7 1HZ). 15 minutes drive from Doonbank.

Sorn Inn (35 Main Street Sorn, East Ayrshire, KA5 6HU). 35 minutes drive from Doonbank.

If you are a local restarurant or pub that welcomes pets,please let us know and we will add you to this list. We would also welcome up-to-date-menus and prices. You can email them to :

Local Vets

Hollow Park Vets [8-10 minute drive from Doonbank Cottage]
Maybole Road
Tel: 01292 445 678
Dalblair Veterinary Surgery
52/54 Dalblair Road
Tel: 01292 263744 or 264778
Collier and Brock Vets
153, Whitletts Road,
Ayr KA8 0JG
Telephone 01292 611838
Dog Friendly Beaches

Doonbank is within easy reach of numerous dog friendly beaches, making up 60 miles of South Ayrshire coastline. Beaches include (but obviously we are on the coastline):

 Day Kennels

Bonny Bank Cottage, Little Mill by Ayr. Tel: 01292 590 250. 35 minutes drive from Doonbank Cottage.

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