01 August 2022 / Struans

Pet Friendly Motorhome Hire in Scotland

Pet Friendly Motorhome Hire

Travelling in a motorhome is the perfect way to get back in touch with nature, explore the world around you and enjoy quality time with those you love most.

For many of us, however, the ones we love the most aren't only our human companions but our pets.

It’s for this reason that Struans Leisure offers a range of pet friendly motorhomes for hire to our customers in Scotland.

We want to help make sure that your motorhome rental holiday is as fun and enjoyable as possible, and with a pet friendly from Struans you can be sure that you and your pet can travel together safely and legally, in the Scottish Highlands or wherever you might end up!


Dog friendly motorhome and campervan hire in Scotland 

It’s no secret that humans and dogs have a close bond. For many of us, our dogs stay by our side night and day, and the idea of a holiday without our four-legged friend just doesn't feel right.

But when travelling abroad or staying in a hotel or B&B, it’s not always possible to bring your dog along with you. In fact, it’s often impossible to do all the things you have planned with a loyal pup by your side. This leaves dog owners with a hard decision; go on holiday without your dog, leaving him or her in a kennel or with a friend, or don’t go on holiday at all.

We feel neither of these options is particularly attractive.

Therefore, we’ve made sure to include a variety of pet friendly motorhomes and campervans within our motorhome hire stock to give dog owners the option of an incredible holiday where their dog can come along and join in the fun.

We feel a motorhome rental holiday is the perfect type of holiday to have a dog (or other pet) along for the ride due to the fresh air, nature and long walks that you will inevitably experience.

We offer dog friendly motorhome hires in Scotland in the following sizes:

If you’ve been searching for dog friendly motorhome hire in Scotland, then you’ve found some excellent options with Struans Leisure!

Get in touch to book a pet friendly motorhome for you and your furry companion.

dog friendly motorhome hire Scotland

Why bring your dog with you on your motorhome hire adventure? 

Whether you’re travelling through the beautiful landscapes of Scotland , somewhere else in the UK or abroad into mainland Europe, a motorhome hire holiday is tailor-made for dogs. 

The reason for this, you ask? Let us tell you.

  • You’re constantly surrounded by nature and the great outdoors
  • Ample opportunities to let your dog swim in the sea, lakes, lochs and rivers 
  • Long walks along the coast or deep into the woods are part and parcel of a motorhome hire holiday, and are something all dogs love! 
  • Dogs are usually very comfortable in moving vehicles 
  • Your dog will love the quick and easy access to the outside world that a motorhome hire provides 
  • More space and better ventilation make living in a motorhome more comfortable for your dog compared to being cooped up in a car

For most dog owners, nothing brings them more joy than seeing their dog happy as they galivant along the beach or in nature. A pet friendly motorhome hire makes this treasured scene a daily occurrence.

Based on feedback from other dog owners who have hired a dog friendly motorhome in Scotland, the days or weeks they spent with their dog in their motorhome were some of the most relaxing and wholesome weeks of their life.

Take advantage of this excellent holiday idea and hire a dog friendly motorhome in Scotland from Struans and travel with your dog on holiday!

Why travel with your dog in a campervan

Top tips for travelling with your pet in a motorhome or campervan 

Although travelling in a motorhome with your pet is great fun and can be a very rewarding experience, it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure your pet is safe, cool and well hydrated at all times.

Below are some of our top tips for travelling in a campervan or motorhome hire with your dog (or other pet):

  • Don’t keep your dog or pet trapped in your motorhome hire unattended, especially on a hot day! 
  • Bring along your pets usual bed, blanket or toy to help them settle in and feel more comfortable in your pet friendly motorhome or campervan hire 
  • Ensure a secure set up for your dog or pet whilst the motorhome is in transition. We recommend building a sheltered bed (maybe under the dining table) or using a seat belt harness to keep your dog from distracting you whilst driving. 
  • When feeding your pet try to do so well in advance of a long drive as this will help prevent them from feeling nauseous whilst on the road 
  • Don’t leave bowls of food and water sitting out in your motorhome whilst you drive, it will only cause a mess! 
  • Use stops to give your dog or pet a toilet break, some water and a chance to stretch their little legs. If you’re feeling uncomfortable during a long drive, there’s a good chance your pet is too. 
  • Keep the motorhome well ventilated and use the protective blinds to help keep the inside of the motorhome as cool as possible if the weather is particularly hot and sunny
  • Always have a supply of treats, pet food and cool water ready for your pet at all times. 

Looking after your pet or dog whilst travelling in a pet friendly motorhome hire simply requires you to follow common sense rules of looking after a pet.

As long as you remain vigilant and act as the responsible pet owner that you do throughout the year, your dog or other pet will have a fantastic time whilst travelling across Scotland in a pet friendly motorhome hire from Struans.

travelling with your dog in a pet friendly motorhome hire

Why Scotland is the best place for dog friendly campervan hire 

Wondering why you should choose a dog friendly motorhome hire in Scotland?

First of all, Scotland has an abundance of green space. If you choose to travel around Scotland in one of our pet friendly motorhomes, you’ll be met with rolling hills, wide open landscapes, deserted beaches and plenty of woodland trails.

As you can imagine, dogs thrive in these types of environments. As you travel from place to place in your motorhome, you’ll never be short of long walks where you and your dog can roam freely and enjoy the sanctitude of Scotland’s nature. 

What is more, Scotland is littered with historical and cultural sites where your dog can join in the fun. Whether it’s an old castle, a famous outdoor monument or a quaint cultural town or village, bringing your dog along for the ride will very rarely be an issue.

Scotland and the UK are blessed with a very accommodating dog culture. You won’t be short of fantastic dog friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants as you travel in your pet friendly motorhome.

To check which places will be best suited for you and your dog ahead of time, you can use this excellent site, Dog Furiendly , which conveniently allows users to search a location for nearby dog friendly spots 

If you’re the type of person who likes to enjoy the great outdoors with your dog or other pet by your side, then travelling across Scotland in a pet friendly motorhome is tailor made for you! 

dog friendly motorhome hire Scotland

What the law says on having pets and dogs in motorhomes

If you only plan to travel in Scotland, England or Wales during your motorhome rental holiday, then the law you need to abide by is the same rule for cars. In the Highway Code, rule 57 states that: 

“When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals” 

Really, this is basic common sense. However, it’s important to be aware of this rule not just so you are in line with the law but also so that both you, your passengers and your pet all remain safe whilst travelling in a pet friendly motorhome.

Where do you put your dog in a campervan?

When traveling in a campervan with your dog, it's essential to keep them safe and comfortable during your adventure. While there isn't a designated spot for dogs in a campervan, there are several options to consider: 

  1. Secured crates: A crate is a great way to keep your pets safe during travel, especially if you have smaller dogs. It can provide a safe and familiar space for them to relax during the journey. Make sure the crate is properly secured to prevent it from shifting during travel.
  2. Seat belts or harnesses: Larger dogs can be secured using seat belts or harnesses attached to the campervan's seating areas. This allows them to see the highlands while safely enjoying the journey in a comfortable seat. Ensure that the seat belt is properly wrapped around your dog’s chest to keep them secure. 
  3. Vehicle dog cages: This option is ideal if you are looking for a more heavy-duty solution and have the space to accommodate it. Especially if you own a large dog, vehicle dog cages are the best option to secure them while providing them a space to relax while travelling. 

Can dogs travel in the back of a campervan?

While dogs can technically travel in the back of a campervan, it's important to consider their safety and well-being. Here are some tips for that you can do so they can stay safe and comfortable during your travel: 

  1. Ventilation: Make sure that there is adequate ventilation in the back of the campervan to keep your dog cool and comfortable. Consider opening windows or using fans to improve airflow to allow them to breathe properly. 
  2. Securing: Use a harness, crate, or vehicle cage to secure your dog in place and prevent them from moving around while the vehicle is in motion. This helps to minimise the risk of injury in the event of sudden stops or turns. 
  3. Comfort: Provide your dog with a comfortable bed or mat to lie on during the journey. Avoid leaving them in the back of the campervan for extended periods and take regular breaks to allow them to stretch their legs and relieve themselves. 

Is the North Coast 500 dog friendly?

The North Coast 500 (NC500) is a scenic driving route where you can enjoy rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands right from your window. While the route itself is dog-friendly, it's essential to plan ahead and consider your furry friend's needs: 

  1. Accommodation: Many hotels, guesthouses, and campsites along the NC500 welcome pets. However, it's always best to check in beforehand to ensure that your chosen accommodation is dog-friendly. 
  2. Activities: There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy along the NC500, from hiking and beach walks to exploring historic sites and scenic viewpoints. Just be mindful of any restrictions or regulations regarding dogs in certain areas. 
  3. Pet etiquette: Remember to always clean up after your dog and keep them on a leash in public areas. Respect any signs or guidelines regarding pets and be considerate of other travelers and wildlife. 

Couple travelling with their dog in a motorhome

How to book your pet friendly motorhome hire? 

If you are interested in hiring a pet friendly vans in Scotland, then make Struans Leisure your first point of call! 

We provide a variety of pet friendly motorhomes, from smaller 2 berth motorhomes to large 6 berth motorhomes. This allows our guests to travel with their dog or pet no matter their group size.

Whether you’re travelling solo, with your significant other or with the full family, our selection of luxury pet friendly motorhomes for hire makes travelling with your pet more accessible than ever before.

Contact Struans Leisure today to book the pet friendly motorhome of your choice and embark on an unforgettable adventure with your loyal companion.

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