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A dog-friendly inn on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland

Some pub opening times and dog rules are still changing. Please check your chosen pub is able to welcome you before making plans.


This fine old building has been an inn for over 300 years and the flagstones must have some stories to tell. It's a wonderful place to be on a cold day when the fire is roaring and rain lashes the windows outside. Dogs welcome in the bar, and it lies on the Southern Upland Way.


Convenience store and fuel station just along the road, post office and small shop opposite the Inn.

Pub or Cafe Address

8-10 Main Street, St John's Town of Dalry, DG7 3UW


Wednesday to Sunday  (Spring 2024) For seasonal opening hours and food service times please check their website

Menu Style

For full menu information, allergens, specials, prices and reservations please check their website.

Dog Rules

Some of the accommodation rooms are dog-friendly. Must be pre-booked.



Turn down towards a church on the right side of the Clachan Inn (as you look at it) and you're onto the Southern Upland Way long-distance path. When you reach the river there's a wooden footbridge. Some dogs may find this too scary to cross because you can see down to the water. It's not a safe space for dog swimmers as water levels can suddenly rise due to a hydro-electric plant just upstream from here. The walk after the bridge is clearly signed and stays near the river for just under half-a-mile. Then cross the A762 and bear right past a passing place to stay on the Southern Upland Way for a while.  After a further mile or so the Way joins a minor no-through road for two miles until the road runs out. 

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Edited: 18th March 2024. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.