The Canine guide to the Isle of Wight holiday cottages


The Canine guide to the Isle of Wight

Ruth 07 February 2020

Fancy an island getaway but can’t quite stretch to the Bahamas? Let us introduce you to the Isle of Wight. This tiny island packs a big punch – with more beaches than you could visit in a month, a rich history just waiting to be explored, and miles upon miles of open space to roam.

And we’re sure you know someone who loves nothing more than digging holes on sandy beaches, running wild through the countryside and spending all his time with his best pal (that’s you, by the way). If your dog could write a holiday wish-list, the Isle of Wight would tick all the boxes.

So if you want to explore this incredible island but can’t bear the thought of leaving your four-legged best friend behind, don’t fret. We’ve sniffed out the best of dog-friendly Isle of Wight, so all you need to do is load up the car, pack a dog lead and some treats, hop on the ferry and get exploring!

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🐾 Top walkies
🏖️ Top beaches
🐶 Top days out
🍴 Top dining spots
🏡 Top places to stay

Woof-tastic dog walks on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight walks

With over 500 miles of trails and footpaths to explore, the Isle of Wight is a doggy delight! Whether you choose to explore beach tracks, heather-clad moorland or woodland trails, your pup is sure to have a ball.

With so many miles of walkies to choose from around a circular isle, it can be hard to know which direction to set off in! So, let us take the lead – we’ve rounded up seven of the best dog walks in the Isle of Wight. Whether your pup has got little legs and tires easily or is a long-legged pup that’s full of beans, you’re sure to find something that will set tails wagging!

The Isle of Wight’s best dog-friendly beaches

Dog beaches

Surrounded by sea on all sides, is there a better place for beach walks with your four-legged friend than the Isle of Wight?

Wherever you choose to stay, you don’t have to look far for a beach – in fact, there are 37 to choose from! We’ve sniffed out the very best Isle of Wight dog-friendly beaches – so if your pup wants to run free on an award-winning stretch of sand, get salty paws in rock pools or dig up fossils, read our guide to discover where you can do all this and more!

The best doggy days out on the Isle of Wight

Doggy days out

There’s so much more to the Isle of Wight than beautiful beaches and epic dog walks. The island is packed with loads to see and do – from historical sites to cultural attractions and loads more in between! And what’s better, many of them welcome your four-legged friend too.

We’ve rounded up the best days out with your dog on the Isle of Wight – whether you’re looking for an activity you can do with your whole pack, something a little off the beaten track, or places where you can explore the great outdoors.

Where to dine with your dog on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight places to eat

All this exploring certainly works up an appetite – but it’s hard to know where you can find a place to eat that also welcomes doggy diners. So, we’ve sniffed out the best places in the Isle of Wight where your pup will receive just as warm a welcome as you.

Whether you’re craving a cold pint after a warm countryside walk, you’ve got the whole pack in tow or you just want some one-on-one time with your four-pawed pal, our guide to the best dog-friendly places to eat on the Isle of Wight will be able to point you in the right direction.

The Isle of Wight’s best paw-friendly places to stay

Dog-friendly cottages

It’s the end of the day, you’ve had a ball, but now you need somewhere to sit, stay and lie down – and somewhere that will welcome your pup with open paws too! The Isle of Wight is packed full of dog-friendly places to stay.

We’ve rounded up the island’s cosiest dog-friendly cottages, perfect for snuggling up with your pup after a long day of adventures. Packed with features to set tails wagging – like roaring wood burners, large gardens and lovely island views – we’re sure you’ll find the perfect pad.


So, that’s everything you need to know about visiting the Isle of Wight with your dog. We’re sure you’ll agree – for epic coastal views, incredible historical attractions and the cosiest of dog-friendly cottages, you can’t beat the Isle of Wight. If you’re in need of further inspiration before you embark on your trip, why not take a look at our full collection of dog-friendly cottages below?

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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