There are over a hundred dog friendly hostels and bunkhouses in the Independent Hostels network which would welcome your dog when you stay in their accommodation. Scattered across the UK from Sussex to the Scottish Highlands they are often in ideal locations for holidays with your dog. Perfect for self catering holidays and, because they provide accommodation for as short as one night, they are ideal for a stop-over to break a long journey.
Dog friendly accommodation in hostels and bunkhouses:
All our dog friendly accommodation is shown on the map above. You can also display only the hostels which will welcome your dog using the Facilities filter on the top bar of this website. Click the Facilities icon and then look for the “Dog Friendly” tick box. To refine your search to the area you wish to visit you can combine the Facilities filter with a Location filter by performing one action after the other. You can combine any of the filters on the top bar using the same method of performing one action after the other.
On the individual hostel pages look out for the brown dog friendly symbol shown below. This same symbol is used in the printed Independent Hostel Guide. On the Send Enquiry and Group Enquiry email enquiry services (on the top bar) look for the ‘Dog Friendly’ tick box at the bottom of the list of requirements.
Once you have established that the hostel or bunkhouse you wish to stay in welcomes dogs be sure to pre-arrange your visit with the hostel manager. Some hostels and bunkhouses have a limited number of dog friendly rooms and the managers will need to check availability. Other bunkhouses have a policy of only one dog staying at a time, to prevent doggy conflicts.
Some of the hostels are on farms where livestock and farm dogs are around, so always keep your canine friends on a lead unless you have been informed otherwise.
As an example DEEPDALE BACKPACKERS in North Norfolk has a dog friendly rooms in the hostel as well as a dog friendly Tipi . Their website also has a guide to the area which tells you about dog friendly pubs, cafés and beaches as well as ideas for walks. Deepdale’s puppy (Merlin) and border collie (Jack) work with the staff everyday and can be seen doing the rounds on site.
RATTRAY HEAD ECO-HOSTEL provides dogs friendly accommodation next to miles of sand dunes ideal for dogs and owners to get away from it all.
PENTRE BACH BUNKHOUSE in Snowdonia is eight minutes’ walk from a local pub which welcomes dogs at the bar. There is a sheepdog trainer next door and you can often see him training his collies. The accommodation is dog friendly and the 250 yrd track to the barn has grassy areas all the way down, ideal for constitutional walks.
MARTHROWN OF MABIE BUNKHOUSE say “We welcome well-behaved dogs with responsible owners (or vice versa!!) which always raises a smile !”. If you think you can behave its well worth the trip to Dumfries. At Marthrown of Mabie you and your friends can sleep totally surrounded by Forest, without a whisper of the noise of modern life.
GILFACH WEN BARN welcomes dogs in the Brecon Beacons, close to Brechfa Forest. The forest is designated as a dog friendly tourism destination by Carmarthenshire County Council because of the wide range of tracks and trails which walkers have the right to roam on through the forest. This is great for long dog walks.
NEW ING LODGE say “Most of our four-legged guests have walked a long way on the Coast to Coast path before reaching us (probably at least twice as much as their owners!), which is why we have a dog bed available, so they too can have a comfortable rest for their tired paws. New Ing also has large grounds at the back of the building for the dogs to stretch their legs as well as a walled garden in front of the house, where the owners can let their dogs run off lead. ”