Wales is a whole country that's just waiting to be explored by both you and your pooch. Pack the lead – there are lots of sheep about – prepare the compass and dust down the walking boots, there’s everything from carved massifs to glinting beaches in these Celtic parts. There are also more dog-friendly cottages in Wales than you can shake a steaming bowl of cawl at.

Dog-friendly cottages in north Wales

North Wales is a veritable playground for outdoorsy types and their loyal dogs. From legendary towns with their own heroic pups to soaring mountain ridges that are sure to test those 4 legs, the region is understandably enticing.

Welsh dog-friendly cottages in Beddgelert

Beddgelert is a truly apt place to holiday with the pooch. It inspired one of the most haunting dog-related folk tales in Wales – the town itself is even named after the canine hero. Spend some time unravelling the tragic story of the myth before heading up to the grave of the great hound Gelert, which is marked with a plaque in a green field to the south.

Riding the rails from Blaenau Ffestiniog

Terraces of old mining cabins cascade down the ridges where Blaenau Ffestiniog makes its home. This weathered settlement sits right in the beating heart of Snowdonia National Park. It's the starting point of the famous Ffestiniog Railway, which offers a steam-puffing ride straight through the peaks to the estuary at Porthmadog. Dogs are welcome onboard in 3rd class, and can also get comfy in all the stations along the way.

Be secluded in Penmachno

On the far side of the Snowdonia National Park, from the popular trails that ramble up to the summit of Snowdon itself, the Machno Valley is a place of lonely streams and woodlands. The Gwydyr Forest starts right on the doorstep of cottages in the main town of Penmachno, hosting loads of routes for dog walkers, past lakes and blooming wildflower meadows.

Dog-friendly cottages by the Welsh coast

Pembrokeshire is just the tip of the beach offering in Wales. Bays of yellow-flecked sand and white-capping seas make this nation one of the most amazing for lovers of all things oceanic. This selection of 3 top spots comes with coastal paths, dunes, hidden coves and more.

Dog-friendly cottages in Wales, Pembrokeshire style

It's not just surfers who are drawn to the green-blue seas of Pembrokeshire. Dog owners will be pleased to find that the Pembrokeshire Coast Path connects most of the pet-friendly cottages in these parts. It offers 186 miles of interlinked trails, with just 45 stiles along the way, many of which incorporate gates for the pups. Just watch out for beaches like Tenby North and Whitesands, which often have total bans on 4-legged visitors.

Off the lead in the Gower

The Gower Peninsula is the long arm of Swansea, extending into the Bristol Channel with such postcard-worthy beaches as Three Cliffs Bay and Llangennith. Trails undulate over cliffs and down to coves all along the south coast, while the north is given to moody marshlands and forests.

Anglesey cottage options for dogs

Anglesey hits a high for furry holidayers on the long arc of shimmering sand that is Silver Bay Beach. It's got no pet restrictions, plenty of washed-up sticks for those throwing sessions and some challenging surf to keep any 2-legged family members busy.

Things offered by dog-friendly cottages in Wales

There are a few ways that the pet-ready rentals of Wales can make your escape with the canine one to remember. From deluxe features to handy add-ons, you might want to keep them in mind while you book.

A taste of luxury in dog-friendly cottages in Wales

Whoever said that trip with Fido had to be all about walks and stick throwing? There are also plenty of reasons to treat yourself, not least of all because it's as easy as seeking out luxury dog-friendly cottages in Wales, which can often pack in sumptuous lounge spaces with crackling wood fires, Victorian bathrooms and seaside decks for that evening G&T.

Enclosed gardens in dog-friendly cottages in Wales

There's plenty to be said for making sure that your chosen Welsh cottage comes with an enclosed garden. You can leave the barker off the leash and busy yourself with lunches of rarebit and Welsh cakes, all without worrying where you'll find them next.

Dog-friendly cottages in Wales with a hot tub

While your 4-legged partner might not see the joys of ensuring your pet-friendly rental comes with a steaming spa pool, other visitors might be of a different mind – especially after bone-chilling bouts of Welsh surf, or bracing hikes along the Pembrokeshire coast.