SCOTTISH RESORT PREPARES FOR INFLUX OF PUPPY HOLIDAYS WITH LAUNCH OF NEW DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION

  • Aberfeldy’s Moness re-opens with a number of fresh offerings

Anticipating that this Summer’s predicted staycation boom will attract a bumper number of four legged friends, along with their two legged owners, one of Highland Perthshire best known self catering resorts, has launched a fresh selection of dog friendly accommodation.

Moness, situated on Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, just a short distance from The Birks of Aberfeldy, and many other fantastic walks, started to offer dog friendly breaks a few years ago, as a result of overwhelming customer demand. 

The resort, which also owns and manages the Aberfeldy Caravan Park, now attracts a huge number of dog lovers each year that come to the area with their pets. With many more people getting a puppy during the pandemic, Moness decided it was time to invest in more dog friendly accommodation.

Its newly launched range offers modern, comfortable holiday cottages which sleep between four to six people. Each cottage has been designed with open plan space so that dogs have room to move about, whilst the owners can relax, enjoying access to the resort’s leisure facilities.  Complete with wooden floors, the cottages also include outdoor rinse stations, special towels and dog bowls, as well as doggie treats which are supplied in each property. Each cottage can take up to two dogs.       

“We’re thrilled with these new cottages,” Stuart Lee, Marketing Manager for Moness Resort. “Aberfeldy is a massively dog friendly town, which has been commended for the quality of welcome it gives to dog owners. Numerous shops, cafés, restaurants, and Visitor Attractions in the area all welcome dogs onto their premises, and so it makes complete sense to have as much accommodation available locally that is fully dog friendly. People come here to enjoy the fantastic walking and exploring, so they certainly don’t want to be leaving man’s best friend at home.”

“If one good thing has come out of the covid crisis, it’s been that many families have had time to enjoy the great outdoors with their dogs, so we want to keep that special time going for them.” 

Father and son owners of Moness, John and Steven McKenzie, echoed Stuart’s thoughts in saying that they now believed that Moness’ range of dog friendly properties kept the resort at the forefront of dog friendly accommodation providers in Scotland, if not the UK.

“We acquired Moness based on its huge potential, together with recognising that enjoyed a fantastic, premium location, one of the best in Highland Perthshire,” said John McKenzie. “As new owners we want to make a difference and are delighted to invest in the business to improve the overall offering, ahead of what we hope will be a very vibrant season as the sector gets going again after this long layoff for our team.” 

“We’re a major local employer in this area, and want to safeguard jobs at Moness, alongside generating happy holidays and memories for visitors from all over the UK,” he added.

“We believe we have included many little touches that will be welcomed in the dog friendly cottages,” said Steven McKenzie. “We actually thought about what would make life easier on a self catering break when you have dogs, and spoke to some owners for research purposes. 

Features, such as wooden floors that are easy to wipe down as opposed to carpet, scored highly, as did having somewhere where you could wash the dogs down after a day of sniffing, splashing and exploring.”

“Self catering has clearly changed, and dog owners are an extremely important target marker for us,” finished Steven. “We’re looking forward to showing off the new dog friendly cottages to customers all summer, and plan to apply for the very latest dog friendly accreditation.”

Moness has also introduced a number of larger three bedroom cottages for family groups, and now has properties which include hot tubs for an even more indulgent break. Other properties have been fully refurbished to ensure quality and value for money across the board.

“We have a property for everyone here,” said Stuart Lee. “Needless to say, booking has been brisk already, and at Aberfeldy Caravan Park which is another great base at which to stay.”

“As a team we are ready and waiting to provide the best Highland Perthshire welcome we can, and look forward to seeing both new and returning faces – we’ve really missed our customers.”

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: “Moness is a fantastic example of a business that has adapted its offering over the past few months to cater for changes in visitor behaviour. 

“Pet-friendly tourism is an important and growing market, particularly with the boom in dog ownership over the past year. The sector is currently worth over £4bn in the UK as a whole, and it’s important that businesses and attractions are mindful of this and the huge opportunity pet-friendly tourism offers. 

“Perthshire is the perfect destination for responsible pet owners – its huge variety of walking routes and beautiful countryside provide an excellent environment for our furry companions.”

For further details on all accommodation choices at Moness please check out www.moness.com or call 01887 822100.

For Aberfeldy Caravan Park, please visit www.aberfeldycaravanpark.co.uk, call 01887 822103