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Dog friendly cafe and forest walks just off A9 northbound, Scotland

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


Even though the car park is directly off the A9 northbound, after just a few paces along the path, you would never know you're anywhere near a main road. There are a variety of different paths to follow, we took the 5k one which was a fairly flat, easy to follow path through the forest. The car park is free and there is a fabulous dog friendly cafe, the North Gateway Cafe with a lovely menu and some delicious home baked cakes. There's an outside space but doggies are allowed inside too. It's an easy stop if you're headed north but as it's on a dual carriageway bit of the A9 so if you're headed southbound you'd need to drive a little bit past it and turn right at the next junction and head north to access the car park.


GPS coords for car park: 57.4437, -4.1495 What3Words: ///stages.stability.feed  The cafe had ramp access and a disabled toilet but the forest paths might be a bit uneven for wheelchairs but they looked like they'd be fine for those off-road style strollers.

North Gateway Cafe

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Pub or Cafe Address

Daviot Wood, near Inverness, IV2 5BD


Open 7 days. 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

Dogs welcome.



As you turn into the car park, go right for the cafe and left for the forest walks.  There's a sign at the start of the path, which is to your right as come in to the car park.

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Edited: 10th April 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.