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Dog-friendly St Andrews

We asked our dog-loving readers to tell us where they love to take their canine companions, in and around St Andrews. A selection of their replies is shown below – please add your own suggestions!


Winter sunrise in St Andrews © Kirsten Alana

Andy Richardson, July 2010Cameron Reservoir has a wonderful path leading round it. Great for walking dogs.

Heidi Orr, July 2010 The New Inn has a large beer garden where dogs are welcome …. ideal for the finish to a walk along the Coastal Path or East Sands.

Crail Accommodation Network, July 2010 (comments from local businesses and their guests) – Crail loves dogs, even the tourist info has a dog bowl! The Beehive has Jannetta’s ice cream, outdoor seating and dog bowl! Harbour Gallery Tearoom allow well behaved dogs in courtyard, fab seaview, dog bowl! Golf Hotel Crail accepts dogs in the garden and the public bar, where you can eat in both areas. Kingsbarns and Crail beaches/coastal path fantastic places to walk dogs. Cambo has a tea room and is a fab place for dogs to visit. They do need to be on a lead in the walled garden but the woodland walks lead to the beach! We make it easy – dog friendly accommodation is highlighted on Keep Crail beautiful, please clean up!

  • The East Neuk has to be one of the dog-friendliest places we have ever been to! In Crail, dog-friendly places we came across were:
  • The bar and the beer garden of The Golf Hotel.
  • The terrace of The Gallery down towards the harbour ( fantastic warm double chocolate cake and coffee).
  • Outdoor seating at The Honeypot.
  • Most places have a water bowl for the dogs.
  • Crail Museum welcomes dogs.

Crail is a favourite with dog lovers © Gerry Priest


Other dog-friendly eating places we came across were:

  • The Dreel Tavern, Anstruther – excellent food, menu changed regularly, friendly staff, lovely young couple run it. Dogs allowed in bar and also outdoor seating area. They put on a lovely birthday lobster lunch at our request and also supplied lovely jugs of Pimms ( Well it was Wimbledon time! )
  • The Ship Inn, Elie – near the beach. Dogs allowed in bar and also outdoor terrace overlooking the beach – Smoked Haddock Pancake was very good. Main beach not open to dogs in main summer season but two other lovely beaches to the other side were designated dog walking beaches.
  • Seafood Restaurant, St Monans – a bit more expensive but excellent food. Dogs allowed on outdoor terrace. We sat out there under the brolly on a couple of occasions in gorgeous weather and you would have thought you were abroad.
  • The Peat Inn, Peat Inn – a bit more formal but very good food. We put the dog in her travel kennel in the shade in the private garden and I popped out to check on her. The gardeners were working that day and also kept an eye on her.
  • Most beaches we visited were dog friendly. Kingsbarns was one of our favourites. Also Roome Bay in Crail with the play area leading down to it – this was a very popular place for dog walkers and you always met someone for a chat. Fantastic coastal path walks but be careful if your dog is a bit lively as some fairly steep drops in places.
  • Cambo Gardens at Kingsbarns allows dogs on leads into the walled gardens and also has a lovely woodland walk down towards the beach. They have a wee tearoom which serves soup, rolls, scones, cakes etc and dogs are welcome.
  • One of our favourite spots with or without a dog is the Cocoa Tree in Pittenweem – it allows dogs in the courtyard or at the tables outside the cafe – even has bowls for water for thirsty hounds!
  • Dogs on a lead welcome at Cambo Estate Kingsbarns and Kellie Castle woodland and meadow walks nr Pittenweem.
  • All three pubs in Elie welcome dogs. The Golf Tavern in Earlsferry and Ship Inn Elie are both dog friendly – water bowls supplied and dog biscuits behind the bar.
  • East Neuk section of Fife Coastal Path is lovely to walk, dogs allowed on the beaches so stop as often as you like.

Keep Fife beautiful, please clean up!

Mairi-Claire, Sept 2010Me, my husband, and our Westie puppy had a wonderful sunny week in St Andrews and its environs. Zest 2 juice bar in St Andrews was especially good as the staff were very friendly and helpful towards me and the dog (bringing Buzz a bowl of water). The Crail Gallery & Tea Room was also a hit as Buzz was admired by other diners and the food and view were both just wonderful. Kingsbarns’ beach was excellent as was the East Sands and Crail harbour. Looking forward to coming back in the autumn and trying out some of the other suggestions.

Katrina Douglas, March 2011 Rusacks Hotel takes dogs for an extra £10 p/n. 3 or 4 rooms have patio doors direct to car park – perfect!

Fiona Wiseman, May 2012 We love to have guests with dogs come to stay in our Railway Carriage Suites at The Old Station in St Andrews, there’s enough room for adults and dog beds, there are lovely walks in the country around here or 2 mins by car is the East Sands. There is also lots of grounds for them to run around and our cocker spaniel just loves to meet new friends