Dogs on Ben Lomond

Q. Good afternoon everyone.

Had a fairly decent search through and could not come up with an yes or no as to wither I can take my 'wee dug' on Ben Lomond.

We are trying to get a few of the girls from my office up to Ben Nevis fitness for 4 weekends time, had a good few local climbs so far so we are looking good for Ben Lomond, Dumgoyne Hill, The Campsies (again) then Ben Nevis.

Hopefully someone can give me a Yup or a No.

Cheers

Malcolm McKechnie, Glasgow


A. I am not aware of any restrictions regarding dogs on Ben Lomond. Providing you keep your 'wee dug' on a lead and under close control there shouldn't be a problem.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


Dog owners are required to keep dogs under effective control at all times. For the avoidance on doubt, The Countryside Code on the Natural England website is quite explicit about what is defined by the phrase 'Keep dogs under effective control'.

It says:

Keep dogs under effective control

When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you:

Special dog rules may apply in particular situations, so always look out for local signs - for example:

It's always good practice (and a legal requirement on 'Open Access' land) to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals. A farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog's owner.

However, if cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead - don't risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Your dog will be much safer if you let it run away from a farm animal in these circumstances and so will you.

Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections, so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly - 'bag it and bin it'. Make sure your dog is wormed regularly to protect it, other animals and people.

Hope this helps . . .

Mike (Editor)


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