Embrace Scotland ‘Paws for a Break’ Awards Dog Friendly Accommodation in Scotland

We are delighted to announce that the award winning Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course came first in the inaugural Embrace Scotland Paws for a Break 2016/2017 Awards.

Not only are we dog friendly but today we were happy to rescue this little fellow! he spent a rather cold, rainy, windy night out in the wilds by himself before one of our guests pointed him out this him this morning. Poor wee thing appeared blind! Fortunately, we are lucky to live very close to the amazing wildlife photographer and journalist Polly Pullar. With one phonecall he was on his way to safety. Polly is always happy to help out and take in any size, shape or form of wildlife.

  • There are 17 species of hedgehog.
  • They are found in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and were introduced in New Zealand by settlers.
  • Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, often sleep during the day in a nest or under bushes and shrubs before coming out to feed at night.
  • Hedgehogs are not related to other spine covered creatures such as the porcupine or echidna.
  • The spines of a hedgehogs, are stiff hollow hairs, they are not poisonous or barbed and cannot be easily removed, they fall out naturally when a hedgehog sheds its baby spines and grows adult spines a process called "quilling".
  • Hedgehogs have about 5,000 to 6,500 spines at any one time.
  • Most hedgehog species will roll into a tight ball if threatened, making it hard for its attacker to get past the spiky defences.
  • A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet.
  • Hedgehogs communicate through a combination of snuffles, grunts and squeals.
  • Hedgehogs have weak eyesight but a strong sense of hearing and smell. They can swim, climb and run surprising quickly over short distances.
  • For their size hedgehogs have a relatively long lifespan. They live on average for 4 - 7 years in the wild and longer in captivity.
  • Hedgehogs in colder climates such as the UK will hibernate through winter.
  • If hedgehogs come in contact with humans they can sometimes pass on infections and diseases.
Dog News

With statistics showing that 24% of the UK’s households own at least one dog, and a dog population of 8.5 million, it just goes to show we are a nation of dog lovers!
Kiera at Black Rock, Drummond Hill
Office Dogs Surka & Bug on Duty
With our breath taking scenery and wonderful walks who would want to leave their four legged companion at home? I know here at Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course, we would not. The majority of the staff here own at least one dog with some of the team owning three, so we know a thing or two about dogs!

We welcome all dogs, all breeds and all sizes on the Estate. Many of our guests comment on how welcome they are made to feel. It starts with check-in, you are encouraged to bring your dog into Reception so we can all swoon over your precious friend. Then each dog receives their own welcome bag containing a map of walks, spare poo bags and a treat (and sometimes a goodie out of our secret stash!)

From then on it is Canine bliss all the way.
A quote from one of our guests:
“The accommodation is brilliant set in beautiful surroundings.  So very dog friendly; our spaniel was welcomed in the courtyard and was even allowed to join us on the golf course!  The walks around the area are amazing”.
Why not come and see for yourself? Take your best friend on holiday to Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course, photograph them here having a wonderful time, send us the photo for our gallery and your dog’s next stay will be free.

We do however, appreciate not everyone is a dog lover. We have a selection of 
 properties that are pet free.

Please visit our website for a selection of last minute deals.

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