The top five dog-friendly walking routes in Lanarkshire
Finally, we’ve reached that point of the year when the sun shines in Scotland (at least some of the time) and what better way to enjoy the good weather than by taking man’s best friend on an adventure to Lanarkshire.
We’ve picked out some of the area’s top dog-friendly walking routes, guaranteed to get those tails wagging.
With wooded areas and open green spaces, the park suits every type of canine activity. Whether it’s a game of fetch or an afternoon of chasing squirrels your four-legged companion is bound to have a barking good time!
If you’re looking for more than just a dog walk, Calderglen Park is a four-star attraction with lots of great activities, from an Adventure Play Park to a Children’s Zoo.
For the pampered pooch who doesn’t like to get their paws dirty, the park has a good network of well-maintained, flat paths. There is even an official peace garden where you can enjoy the tranquillity of the Scottish countryside, while your dog tucks in to a gourmet treat.
Palacerigg Country Park is the perfect place for mucky pups. There are a variety of routes covering 300 hectares of grasslands, woodlands, moorlands and ponds. Make sure to pack your wellies, as even on sunny days the ground can be a little muddy.
With more than 200 wind turbines, and several bridle paths suitable for horses this is not your typical walking route.
The park has more than 90km of trails most of which are traffic-free, allowing plenty of opportunities to let your dog run free. Just remember to keep your eyes peeled from horses trotting by.
Located at the foot of Tinto Hill, the Carmichael Estate dates back to the 14th century. It covers 2,000 acres of ancient parklands, woodlands and farmland, giving your pooch plenty of ground to explore. The Estate is also home to farm shops, a bistro, and several cottages, all of which are dog-friendly, so pack your bags (and the dog-treats) for a weekend getaway that you and your four-legged friend will both love.
More information on Lanarkshire’s vast array of routes can be found on our dedicated walking and cycling page.
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