From coastal walks that behold spectacular views of the islands, to white-sand beaches that stretch for miles, to roads with barely any cars in sight… a dog walk on the Isles of Scilly is something not to be missed.
If you long to visit a location with your dog that truly offers an exciting experience for you both, then look no further.
The Isles of Scilly is a destination that pairs adventure with relaxation in the perfect way, with miles of exploring available in a place so peaceful it can feel as though you are within your own secret corner of the UK. It is this mixture that makes Scilly an idyllic place to visit with your four-legged friend. There is plenty of space for your dog to stretch its legs and discover new lands, and the scenic beauty that accompanies every step is something you will never forget.
The walk of a lifetime
If you are looking to spend your time on St Mary’s, Pelistry Bay is an example of a beach that is open to dogs all year. This quiet and unspoiled spot looks out towards the stunning Eastern Isles. It is a beautiful place for a walk and swim, and with the dog-friendly Carn Vean Café being only moments away from the beach, it is the perfect nearby stop for a little rest.
Bar Point is another beach that is open to dogs all year on St Mary’s. With plenty of space to run and explore, this white-sandy beach boasts splendid views of St Martin’s, Bryher, and Tresco. Being an exceptionally quiet spot, it is a place that feels like a true escape from the mainland.
For a walk that’s closer to the hub of St Mary’s, and to enjoy the atmosphere of island life around you, Town beach is open to dogs seasonally. Here you can watch the harbour at work, see the comings and goings of the quay, and have a paddle in the waters at the heart of the islands.
Also open seasonally for dogs on St Mary’s are Porthmellon and Porthcressa. However, these locations are closed between 1st May and 30th September.
Island hopping with a furry friend
If you choose to visit an off-island, St Martin’s can be an excellent choice for you and your dog. Each beach on the island is dog-friendly all year so you never have to worry. You can even include some fun water sport activities in your day, as St Martin’s Watersports has doggy life jackets available for your dog. Paddle out towards an Eastern Isle with your companion at your side and explore a deserted island for a walk truly unlike anything else.
Please note that dogs must remain on a lead whilst on the Eastern Isles.
Other islands such as St Agnes, Bryher, and Tresco are also dog friendly, with beaches and restaurants happily accepting dogs. However, dogs must be kept on a lead on the island of Tresco.
With so many wonderful walks to be enjoyed, why not celebrate ‘Walk Your Dog Month’ this January by planning a trip, whether it be for the day or the week, to the Isles of Scilly.
No matter which island you choose to visit, the Isles of Scilly provide a walk that is something truly special. We love how dog-friendly the islands are, as not only are many of the accommodation options happy to take dogs, but so are the beaches, the restaurants, and the cafes.
Travel that’s hassle-free
Getting to the islands with your four-legged friend is easy. Both our Scillonian III and Skybus routes are dog-friendly, so the choice of how you get here is yours. If travelling by Scillonian, ensure that you book early and simply add your pet to your online booking. All you then need to do is ensure they are kept on a lead and in the designated areas of the ship.
Flying is just as trouble-free. Remember to book early and journey from either Land’s End or Newquay airport with your dog travelling alongside you in the safety of a RSPCA-approved crate. With these routes taking just 20 minutes from Land’s End and 30 minutes from Newquay, travelling to these gorgeous islands with your dog is both accessible and comfortable.
For prices and full details of both modes of transport, please see our website here.