As a new mom to dogs, the conscience of leaving my son at home has kept me from booking my usual summer vacation abroad this year.
Instead, we went straight to Google to find the best dog-friendly holiday spots so we could make the most of the Scottish sun together.
And we couldn’t have picked a better location as we stumbled upon a hidden gem just off St Andrews.
Morton of Pitmilly is an award winning five star property in the picturesque village of Kingsbarns in Fife’s East Neuk.
The country resort is set within 150 acres of working farm with extensive nature trails and stunning self-catering accommodation.
A dog activity park has also recently been established. We had a winner.
My partner Chris and I packed the car and our Golden Retriever Tiger for a quiet stay.
The views of beautiful countryside, long walks with the dog and a trip to the nearby beach made our three hour drive from Dumfries a breeze.
And it wasn’t just the pet facilities that wowed us. The resort also features a swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, gym, games room and children’s play area.
Chris was even able to improve his golf skills on the putting green.
We stayed in the plush three bedroom Bramble Bank in the south wing of The Steading.
The extremely spacious living area was ideal for Tiger to run around and he quickly decided that the entire courtyard would be his new garden.
The tennis ball in our welcome pack and the lovely spaniel that lived next door were just bonuses!
French doors led us onto the terrace with table and chairs where we could enjoy the stunning sea views. The house was fully equipped with everything we could need for our stay.
But it was the view from the upstairs master bedroom that really took our breath away.
A huge floor to ceiling window gave us the perfect view of the sunflower field, lush gardens and coastline.
Summer holidays at Morton of Pitmilly are available from £50 per person per night.
After a quick unpack, we went straight to exploring the grounds and letting Tiger stretch his legs.
The nature trails were an absolute favorite and made up the majority of the dog walks during our stay. We even spotted a deer on our travels. Luckily Tiger didn’t do it!
Indeed, when we looked around the dog play park on the way back to dinner, he spotted a giant sand-filled tire. . . and was delighted to learn he was allowed to dig here.
It was an early night after the trip, with a very peaceful and comfortable sleep in our super king size bed.
The next morning we hit the nature trails again before continuing to St Andrews to play on the beach.
We could have enjoyed the sand and sea closer to the resort, with a beach in Kingsbarns just minutes away, but we’d heard amazing things about a cheese toastie shack – and it didn’t disappoint!
Lunch tideed us over until later in the evening when we could enjoy one of Morton of Pitmilly’s famous street food events.
The coffee shack is right next to The Steading where we were staying and regularly hosts themed dinner nights.
We were lucky enough to spend a Mexican night there. We both chose soft tacos with fajita chicken and all the trimmings, accompanied by a side of chips, lager, and rum and coke, while Tiger indulged in some free dog treats.
The next day, before we packed up the car and hit the road, we headed back to the pop up hut for some much needed breakfast after our morning walk.
Owner Eilidh was there and got us coffee, bacon rolls and fresh pastries. The free dog treats were also in full swing again. Two paws higher than the tiger.
Morton of Pitmilly We pride ourselves on providing the ultimate home away from home experience and we could not have felt more welcome and relaxed.
But don’t just believe me, my golden boy also gives him five drooling golden stars.
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