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It is always a good idea to check on Facebook or online to check opening times as they change with the seasons at some venues.

The Belted Galloway
Riverside View
Newton Stewart

The Belted Galloway is a licensed restaurant, bar and coffee shop where dogs are very welcome.
I go here when I am shopping in Newton Stewart and enjoy a hot breakfast roll and a good latte or on my way back from Knockman wood or Penninghame Pond for a coffee to warm up. This place is very popular with the locals and has tables outside in the summer. I now know that belted Galloway is a breed of cow but prior to knowing this I always wondered why there was a cow in the cabinet!! No, it’s not real ha-ha, go and see.
There is a lovely tourist shop and a visitors’ centre in the building.
The owner is very dog friendly and has a soft spot for westies.

Update 2023. I have not visited for a few years. Will try and get an update soon.

Steam Packet Inn
Harbour Row
Isle of Whithorn

Another really dog friendly place. The dogs are allowed anywhere except in the restaurant. If you walk through the conservatory, if you are lucky, you will find the one picnic bench in the back free. In September I sat  here in the sun with my friend and the dogs for hours , we had a lovely afternoon, the owner provided us  with a  dog bowl and fresh water for the two terrors .
Picnic benches out at the front overlook  the harbour which is lovely on a sunny day
I Went in October and my companion had the fish and chips and said the fish was amazing.
A varied menu and good value for money look out for the steak night, I must try this next time I am up, again I have asked and they will do you a takeaway.
Whilst there if you drink beer, which I occasionally do ! You must try the paddle of home brew beers, fab, you can easily get the bus to the Isle of Whithorn with the dogs, so no worries about driving.  Www.thesteampacketinn

Update Sept 2023
My friend visited in the summer, and they were doing breakfast roll and drinks. They sat on the picnic benches in front, apparently very enjoyable.
Mum and I had a lovely afternoon tea last year (but we left the dogs at home)

St Ninians’s tearoom and shop
Isle of Whithorn

A lovely place to visit if in the Isle. Dogs welcome, lots of parking available and outdoor seating in the warmer weather.
On my visits the food has been good quality, lovely cakes, and value for money. Worth a visit for breakfast and the lovely views

Reading lasses
17 south main street
Wigtown. DG8 9EH

Lovely place to go for some amazing homemade cakes, in fact you are spoilt for choice. They also have some lovely homemade soups on the menu. Always busy, so be prepared to wait. When the weather is good, outside seating area at the back. Very dog friendly. Also, some fascinating books. Takeaway cakes available if no tables free . Also, worth a visit just for the coffee.

Cock Inn
A747 at Auchenmalg

Lovely pub, right on the beach. We stopped here in February 2023.  Dogs are not allowed inside but they have heated pods outside where you can sit with the dogs. We had some lovely sandwiches, and the staff were very friendly.

Fish and chip van
Wednesday Teatime
Outside village hall, Garlieston

Lovely fish and chips and other goodies available from Ian and Jackie (who live in the village) Then you can enjoy them on one of the site picnic benches or your own dining area or join other campers at 6pm when we have tea from Fish van some Wednesdays.
Up to date menu in the shower block

Harbour inn

We had to mention the local

The dogs love to lay in front of the fire in the winter and endeavour to charm Laura, Frankie or Harry to open the dog treat box behind the bar or go and annoy Alan or one of the other  locals whom always carry dog biscuits in their pockets.
The harbour inn  has a varied menu and dogs are welcome in all room . It is best to book a table if you wish to eat in the evening if the Caravan Club site is open as they can get very busy during the club season (or order a takeaway).
No worry about driving home from here. In fact, if you don’t know where the Harbour Inn is you can borrow Maddie, she knows the way.

Update Sept 2023
This is my favourite place to go for breakfast. You have to book but such good value for money. And yes, the dogs are welcome.
We had some pleasant lunches in the beer garden enjoying the sun in the mini heatwave at the beginning of September. They do a fab Pint of Bitter and egg mayo sandwich.
You will find some up to date menus in the shower block.

The Hive coffee shop
11 South Crescent

A lovely new addition to the village. They are very dog friendly, even have dog ice cream. They do a fab sausage and egg roll and latte. Maddie and I sometimes get it as a takeaway and go and sit on the beach when the weather is good.
Some lovely lunches available, I have tried the lasagna and meatballs I have sampled far too many cakes from here and have not had any complaints so far . Also, this is another place that Maddie walks straight into, she doesn’t like passing without a visit .
Some great artworks for sale on the walls and unique Garlieston gifts (Mugs, tea towels, prints).
I don’t eat ice cream, but they have a great selection available and open late some days in the summer for ice cream and other goodies.

Harrisons Coffee House and Beltie Books
6 Banks Street,
Wigtown DG8 9HP

Beltie Books was sold and now has a new name. I have yet to visit since the new owners but follow them on facebook. Very dog friendly and they seem to have an amazing selection of cakes and homemade sausage rolls. This is on my list to visit in November 2023. So, Maddie and I will update you after our visit.

Bonnie and Skye's Favourite place to eat

Where could it be ??

Yes, it Garlieston Lodge. What? you say !!!!

What more could you and the dogs want on a lovely summer day or evening.

We (me, Bonnie and Skye) love to have a barbecue on the site, looking out onto the lake. I normally will have a bottle of something chilled and if I’m really spoiling myself will have purchased some amazing Belly Pork ( my favourite ) from the site , the dogs know which campers they can harass/charm  to give them dog biscuits and there is always good company if you want it or peace and quiet if you don't. The dogs love paddling in the burn in the summer when it is low, so its the perfect place for them to chill, grass to roll over on and sunbathe , water to paddle in,  dog biscuits and sometimes doggy friends .

Or we may have another Big breakfast/ barbeque or a fish and chip supper from the Central cafe

Haha don't know if Rusty will print this one but he did say it was my blog !! We will see!


The area has many great dog friendly places to eat, I would like to share a few of my favourites, I still have more to try, so keep reading and if you have a favourite place please let me know
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