Visited on a day trip with our small chihuahua dog. Women in the Pier Cafe told us she didn't have a problem with us taking the dog in but other people might, so we weren't allowed in. We couldn't even sit outside to eat. Would of been far better if they had a "no dogs" policy rather than the response we received. They let people smoke whilst eating outside but won't let a dog sit under a table. Which is more disgusting ??!!! It's not as if dogs are contaminating the table, cutlery or food. Apart from a couple of ladies who had just ordered coffees to have outside so they could smoke, the place was empty.
We then tried to shop in Browns ironmonger, (with our chihuahua in my arms), after seeing placemats and mugs in the window which we wanted to purchase. A very gruff man bawled at us as he came out of his "office" that he didn't allow dogs as his cat hated them and promptly "shooed" us out flapping his hand at us. So rude and uncalled for, especially when he sells "pet supplies" and there is no sign of a "no dogs" notice anywhere. Business must be booming before he can afford to be so rude.
All in all we didn't have a very enjoyable visit to Tobermory. We do understand that traders may not be happy with dogs on their premises but as a high majority of visitors to the island will have their beloved pets with them, maybe many of them should try and be a bit more accommodating or at the very least a bit more polite !!! Or have clear signs up to avoid visitors with dogs having to be refused entry and made to feel like lepers. We are both Scottish and fortunately we know that there are many many welcoming and dog friendly places in Scotland to visit , it's a pity such a beautiful place as Tobermory isn't one of them.