Pets love island life…

Famously dog friendly, the Isles of Scilly is the perfect staycation destination to travel with your four-legged companions.

In 2020, Cornwall was named the number two hotspot destination to take dogs on holiday. Perhaps you are thinking about combining an Isles of Scilly trip with a visit to Cornwall?  With 51 beaches in Cornwall welcoming dogs all year round and 81 with seasonal restrictions, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are seriously dog friendly.

The Isles of Scilly is an accommodating destination for pets, with walking routes galore and endless beaches to explore. Most of St. Mary’s’ beaches are open to dogs year-round – including Town beach, an ideal place to watch the comings and goings of the harbour. Porthmellon, Porthcressa, and Old Town beach are closed to dogs from 1st May to 30th September, but with so many others to choose from, you’ll never be short of options. On the other four inhabited islands, you’re free to roam the beaches with your dog — just remember to keep them on a lead if you are on Tresco.

Dogs on the Isles of Scilly - dog walking on scilly beaches

There are boat trips between the islands with open decked boats that dogs love to travel on and smell the sea air, restaurants and cafes that welcome well behaved pets on a lead and plenty of dog friendly accommodation options.

On the islands, dogs are asked to be kept on leads in community areas, church grounds and near bird breeding grounds and designated wildlife areas. When walking the many tracks and trails, do be careful near the cliff edge, many edges are unprotected with only bracken or gorse separating your pet from the sea.

We welcome pets on board our services, they can travel in our Skybus Twin-Otter aircrafts from Newquay and Land’s End Airport or on our passenger ferry Scillonian III from Penzance.

When travelling aboard Skybus, we ask you to take your pet into the aircraft and put them into our RSPCA approved crates in the cabin, you will sit next to them so they can see you for the duration of the flight; flights take just 20 minutes from Land’s End Airport and 30 minutes from Newquay.

Dogs on the Isles of Scilly - dog travelling on skybus flight

On our passenger ferry Scillonian III, once checked in, you will board the ferry on foot and find a seat for the journey. Dogs often like being sat out on the open deck for the journey, but there are many other areas that dogs are permitted.

Dogs on the Isles of Scilly - dog travelling on scillonian passenger ferry

Find out more about booking and travelling with your pets here.