With more and more people becoming dog owners during the pandemic and planning to travel with their pets, a new video showing a dog's eye view of Edinburgh showcases why it's such a popular destination for dog owners.
Recently crowned the UK’s most dog-friendly destination by dog food company tails.com, the cute clip showcases the magic of the city through the eyes of intrepid local pooch Hamish.
Filmed as part of The Story Never Ends, a campaign by Forever Edinburgh the city’s destination marketing guide, it shows the little West Highland Terrier navigating his way around the capital.
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Hamish is spotted ‘walkies’ around some of the city’s best-loved spots to show why Edinburgh, which is world-renowned for the story of one of the world’s most famous dogs, Greyfriars Bobby, is ideal for dogs and their humans.
The little pup begins his day in the capital by climbing the steps up from Waverley Station and checking in to the five-star surroundings of The Balmoral, the grand hotel overlooking the bustle of Princes Street, which welcomes dogs with Welcome Amenities consisting of a bed, water bowl and treats.
After checking out his dog bed at the hotel, Hamish takes a short stroll to the new St James Quarter, the dog-friendly retail and leisure district packed with shopping, dining and interactive experiences.
Following a quick treat at the Lego Store, a quick ‘paws’ for a drink at one of the centre’s many water bowls, thevideo captures how easy it is to get around the city with dogs: with Hamish taking a tram ride along Princes Street before hopping off and having a wander around Princes Street Gardens and admiring the Ross Fountain and Edinburgh Castle.
To refuel, Hamish heads down to the Stockbridge, the neighbourhood to the north of the city centre, and pops into the dog-loving restaurant, The Scran & Scallie.
After the pitstop at Tom Kitchin’s renowned gastropub, Hamish heads back up to Edinburgh’s Old Town before ending the day with a visit to one of the city’s most famous and dog-friendly attractions, the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions.
City of Edinburgh Council Leader Adam McVey said dog owners are very welcome in the capital. “At this time of year, Edinburgh becomes even more vibrant with events and an even more expanded offer with Christmas and Hogmanay festivities.
"But throughout the year Edinburgh is a great dog-friendly destination and there is a growing number of attractions, places to stay, dine and relax which are very happy to welcome families that include four-legged friends.”
General Manager at The Balmoral Hotel, Richard Cooke, said: “The Balmoral has welcomed dogs for many years and we are always excited to host our guests and their very important pups.
"I have two dogs of my own, Lucy and Bear, so I truly understand the importance of caring for them as a part of the family.
“As well as our dog-friendly welcome amenities, our concierge is always on hand to provide a recommendation for dog-friendly local establishments, local dog walkers and also dog sitters.
"Edinburgh is made for dog-lovers, our beautiful city has meandering lanes and incredible green spaces to explore with your best friend by your side."
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