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Take your dog to the Isles of Scilly: Travel, Accommodation & Essentials

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Can you take your dog to the Isles of Scilly?


In short, the answer is yes!

The Isles of Scilly is one of the most dog-friendly places to travel to in the UK. If you're thinking about bringing your doggy friend, then keep reading to find out all you need to know.



Travelling with your dog to the Isles of Scilly


Your dog can travel with you to the islands via plane or boat:


Via Plane

The plane from Lands End allows dogs to fly with you on an onboard crate.

The crate fits either two small or one large dog, and you are seated right next to the crate to keep your dog company.

The Isles of Scilly Travel will help you board first with your pet and help you get them into the crate - we recommend you bring some treats with you in your pocket. ;)


The price for the dog crate on the plane is £46.75 each way.


Via Boat

The Scillonian is incredibly dog-friendly and has multiple dog-friendly areas on board.

You are allowed up to two dogs per person.

Dogs must remain on leads; however, there are plenty of places to curl up for a snooze or get some fresh air.


The price is £11 each way on the Scillonian.


Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Isles of Scilly


We have lots of dog-friendly beaches on the Isles of Scilly;

  • Little Porth - located to the right of Porthcressa beach

  • Town Beach -overlooks the harbour

  • Porth Hellick - found via many local walks

  • Pelistry Bay - located on the other side of the island

  • Bar Point - located on the other side of the islands with 180 views of St Martins and the surrounding islands

All beaches on the 'off islands' (St Martins, St Agnes, Tresco & Bryher) are dog-friendly. However, dogs have to remain on a lead whilst on Tresco.


Dogs are not permitted on Porthcressa, Porthmellon and Old Town Bay beaches between the 1st of May and the 30th of September each year; however, in the winter, all beaches become dog-friendly.



Dog-friendly Restaurants & Cafes in the Isles of Scilly

There are lots of dog-friendly eateries on the islands.


On St Mary's

The following restaurant on St Mary's (Isles of Scilly) are dog friendly;

  • Tregarthens Hotel

  • On the Quay

  • Mermaid Inn (Bar area only)

  • The Atlantic Inn (Bar area only)

  • Old Town Inn

  • Pilots Gig

  • The Scillonian Club

  • Longstone Lodge

  • Carn Vean Cafe

  • Old Town Cafe

On Tresco

  • New Inn

  • Flying Boat Club

  • The Ruin Cafe (outside only)


On St Martins, Bryher and St Agnes

All eateries are dog friendly; some are outside only.




Dog-friendly accommodation in the Isles of Scilly

Dog-friendly accommodation is readily available on the islands. However, it books up quickly. Most of the larger hotels on the islands are dog friendly, with Karma on St Martins geared towards dog owners with their dog evening menu!


Our dog-friendly accommodation

Please view our list of dog-friendly, self-catering accommodations on St Mary's in the Isles of Scilly. We're friends of the pooch, and our concierge service can assist you in planning activities for you and your family - including your dog!


Property name

Number of guests

Number of dogs allowed

8 guests

3 dogs

4 guests

2 dogs

5 guests

2 dogs

4 guests

1 dog

There is an extra charge for dogs in each property.


Dog walks around the islands


There are a copious amount of dog walks on the islands. You'll constantly meet new dog owners, and your furry friends will make lots of friends to play with. Please be aware that many dogs will be off the lead in most dog-friendly places, so if your dog isn't trained to return when needed, we suggest keeping them on a lead.


There are dog bins scattered around St Mary's. You may need help finding them in abundance on the off-islands, so please plan ahead and be prepared to carry your doggy bags until you find a suitable bin. The Isles of Scilly are committed to keeping the islands' dog foul-free.


Locating Dog Essentials on the Isles of Scilly


Our local home store - the Island Home Hardware, located in the centre of Hugh Town, has everything you need for your furry friends, from dog food and treats to shampoo and toys.


There is a local company called Creature Comforts that can provide dog crates etc., to anywhere on the island. The proceeds go to our local veterinary clinic located in Old Town. The veterinary clinic is open 9 am-10 am & 4 pm-5 pm Monday-Friday however, you can call anytime for emergencies.


Creature Comforts (Rhiannon Manning) - rhi90@hotmail.com or 07887950987.

IOS Veterinary Practice (Heiki) - 01720 423 667.


We look forward to welcoming you and your doggy friend to the islands! If you have questions, please don't hesitate to message us via our website www.scillyescapes.com or email info@scillyescapes.com. We'd be happy to help with accommodation in the Isles of Scilly and more.



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