Flying to Scotland with a dog

For many of us, a holiday simply isn’t a holiday without our four-legged friends. At Mackays Hotel in Wick, we’re dog-friendly. Dogs are very welcome in our hotel rooms, holiday apartments, the bar area and the foyer of Mackays Hotel too. So if you’re coming to us from overseas and thinking of flying with a dog, we’ve rounded up some useful information to help you plan your trip.

Two dogs in a self catering apartment belonging to Mackays Hotel in Wick

The rules and regulations

First things first, check the UK Government website for the rules on bringing your pet to Great Britain. This covers everything from pet passports and documents to microchips and vaccinations. Be sure to check the specific rules for the country you are travelling from, as they differ. You can print a full version of the guide here. Allow plenty of time to get all your documents in order before travelling.

Dog-friendly airlines

When it comes to booking your flights, first find out if the airline allows pets to travel. UK airlines don’t allow dogs in the passenger cabin. But some airlines will let them fly in the cargo hold. There may be exceptions for registered service dogs. Please note, there is usually an additional pet carriage fee. You should check all of this directly with the airline before you make your booking.

Dog-friendly accommodation

On your travels around Scotland, look for dog-friendly hotels and holiday accommodation. Ask for the provider’s pet policy before you book. When you stay with us at Mackays Hotel in Wick, you can rest assured your dog is very welcome. However, we do ask that you let us know in advance if you are bringing your pet along. Our rooms and apartments are equipped to keep 1 small or medium dog. Read our pet policy here.

Things to do with your dog

For guests of Mackays Hotel, check out our guide to dog-friendly things to do in Caithness, put together with the help of our two resident pooches, Max and Bria. From forest walks to sandy beaches, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. And when you’re ready to relax at the end of the day, tuck into something delicious or enjoy a nightcap in our dog-friendly bar dining area.

Our labridors Max and Bria sitting on the beach

We look forward to welcoming you for a waggy adventure in Scotland! If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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