Would you take more holidays in the UK if you knew you could take your dog with you? Research from VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation, suggests that might be the case. They discovered that 72 per cent of dog owners say they would take more holidays in the UK if there were a better attitude towards pet guests.
Embrace Scotland is a website directory that features over 7,000 self-catering properties. More than half already accept pets, but the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers is keen to encourage more to promote their dog-friendly holiday homes. Their campaign is called Paws for a Break (rather like it) and VisitScotland are convinced that millions of pounds are spend on dog tourism. They’ve named it the Hound Pound (not so sure about that one) and they are hoping some of it will be spent in Scotland.
Of course, dogs aren’t the only pets people can take on holiday – some self-catering properties come equipped with stables. However, only one person I know ever took her cat with her and I think they were especially close . Dogs are tourists: cats are more the independent traveller: the kind that walk their own path.