According to a recent Post Office survey, 1.4 million Britons will holiday in the UK this year instead of going abroad because the most important member of the family says so…the dog!
The prospect of putting pooch into kennels for even a short period of time is such a stressful thought that more and more dog owners are deciding to enjoy holidog delights closer to home, electing to spend quality down time and sample the delights of travelling to new walks and trails across the UK and Ireland instead of going abroad without their four legged friend.
To help dog lovers get the most from their precious holiday time, leading ferry company Stena Line has identified a list of enriching dog walks in the UK and Ireland to help create lots of new adventures for dog owners and their beloved pooch…side by side!
Orla Noonan, Stena Line’s Head of Travel commented: “We carry thousands of pets and their owners across the Irish Sea every year and we know from first-hand experience just how strong the bond is between a loving dog and a doting owner. Leaving their pets for any period of time is a major emotional wrench, not to mention the significant expense of kennelling, so it’s not surprising that more and more dog owners are opting to take their pets on holiday with them*. On some of our vessels you can even keep an eye on your four legged friend during the sailing with our handy pet cam.”
“As it’s a holiday for both owner and dog we have put together some options to provide a guide to some of the more interesting dog walks in Ireland coupled with a range of accommodation options in the area so that owner and pet don’t have to spend a moment apart on their holidogs!! “
“We have selected some of the more scenic walks in close proximity to each of our ports so you can get active as soon as possible. If you have a picture of your pet enjoying their holidog we’d love to see it and will post a selection of the best on our Facebook site to share with other dog lovers on www.facebook.com/stenalineukie” Orla concluded.
For those seeking an adventurous walk on arrival to Stena Line’s Belfast ferry terminal look no further than these 5 walks which are noted for their scenery:
Cavehill Country Park
Divis and Black Mountain
Dundrum Castle Woods Trail
And after an enjoyable walk(s) you can relax in the surroundings of your choice of pet friendly accommodation including Travelodge Belfast Central and Malmaison Belfast**.
Travelling with Stena Line means that you can sit back, relax, enjoy the free Wi-Fi, free movies and great eateries to make your holidog as enjoyable as possible knowing that you and your four-legged friend will be reunited shortly for the start of a whole new adventure.
With lead in prices from just £89 for a car plus driver (single) with pets travelling free on most routes and a great range of pet-friendly accommodation, Stena Line is confident that it can help keep dog owners ahead of the pack and make sure that when it comes to holidays, the WHOLE family can enjoy it together.
For more information on Stena Line go to www.stenaline.co.uk
* When travelling from Liverpool to Belfast it is recommended you book a kennel. This costs an additional £15 per kennel and will allow you access to your pet throughout the crossing.
**it is advised to make the accommodation providers aware that you are planning to bring at dog at the time of booking.