Our pet-friendly cottages are on a working farm near Calgary Beach on the Isle of Mull.
We welcome dogs as long as they are well-behaved and follow a few simple and practical rules. Nothing too onerous, just common sense! As we are a working farm it helps us hugely if visiting dogs are walked on leads. At certain times of year we can tell our guests where they can walk their dogs off a lead, but during the summer when ground nesting birds (and breeding Mountain hares) are breeding, it is important that dogs are walked on a lead so that they are not disturbed.
I would like to introduce our own dogs to you! At the moment we have 3 working dogs – Cap, the senior Border Collie; Jan his able assistant; Walter, who is excellent at gently catching lambs at lambing time – and one pet, Coco who is a very friendly (but quite mad) small labradoodle.
I walk Coco on a lead where there are sheep and where there are likely to be ground nesting birds as she does have intermittent recall issues.
Jan is about 11 now, and beginning to slow down. She will run up the road to the cattle grid when cars arrive at Treshnish, so watch out for her.
Here are the four of them – a rare sit and stay exercise that worked! We were down at the ‘boathouse’ on the north shore of the farm, as the sun was setting earlier in May.
Cap is the senior dog sitting in the foreground, with Walter on the window sill of one of the ruins at Crackaig. They both have a wonderfully friendly nature.
I wrote a blog about 2 years ago, regarding dogs and the Outdoor Access Code. Please have a look at it here. You may not be familiar with this legislation if you don’t live in Scotland.