Whether you're sailing or flying to Scilly, your pet can come too
A visit to the Isles of Scilly is a special experience for every member of the family — and your dog is no exception. With mile after mile of picturesque coastline, Scilly is the perfect place for the walk of a lifetime.
Important book early
Space for animals is limited – especially on Skybus – so please book early, to avoid disappointment.
An island adventure for you and your dog
Dogs are a big part of island life, so we want you to be able to enjoy as much of Scilly as possible with your dog by your side. There are lots of dog-friendly accommodation options, and plenty of places for you to explore together.
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 quay.
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 off islands, you’re free to roam the beaches with your dog any time of the year — just remember to always keep them on a lead if you’re on Tresco.
Your pets can travel in style
Dogs are very welcome to travel aboard our Scillonian III passenger ferry and Skybus Twin Otter aircraft – all you need to do is ask us when you book.
- Sail from Penzance harbour with up to two dogs per adult
- Keep your dogs with you on a lead, or in an animal carrier; whichever suits you best
- Fly with your dog from the Land’s End and Newquay airports
- Your dog can travel in safety and comfort in our RSPCA-approved crate
- 90 cm x 60 cm x 60 cm crate (suitable for one large or two small dogs)
How much does it cost?
Scillonian III – £10 each way, per dog
Skybus – £40 each way, per crate (not per dog)
Dog owners are responsible for the behaviour of their pets at ALL times. Dogs will only be carried if the owner can demonstrate that they have a suitable restraining device.
From the 1st of January 2018 new regulations may come in to force requiring passengers travelling with a dog on Skybus flights to have a muzzle with them and be prepared to muzzle the dog whenever instructed by the crew. Passengers travelling after the 1st of January 2018 should contact Skybus Operations on 01736 785233 a week before they are due to travel to check if this requirement has come in to force.
Tips for travelling
You know your dog best, so it’s up to you to make sure they’re safe and happy while you travel. But here are a few things to keep in mind so you, your dog, and your fellow passengers have the best possible journey.
Aboard Scillonian III, there are designated areas that are especially for pets which are signposted around the ship. Please note that your dog must be kept on a lead at all times.
If you’re flying with Skybus, our staff are unable to handle your pets, so please make sure your dog is lifted in and out of the animal crate safely.