The Canine guide to Anglesey holiday cottages

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The Canine guide to Anglesey

Ed Roberts 30 September 2020

Anglesey in North Wales is a gorgeous island off its north west, connected to the mainland by two impressive bridges that span the Menai Straits. With 125 miles of lovely coastline, it makes for a wonderful playground for you and your dog. With an emphasis on the outdoor life, Anglesey offers its visitors an endless choice of activities to get involved in, and so many of them are pet-friendly. Home to nature reserves, long beaches, country parks and a veritable cornucopia of pubs and cafes that welcome your four-legged friends, Anglesey is a seriously good option for a dog-friendly holiday in North Wales.

South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey

Come to Anglesey and stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. We have dog-friendly holiday properties big and small to meet all your requirements all across the island and North Wales.

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Click to fetch Anglesey’s:

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

Top dog-friendly days out in Anglesey

Silver Bay Beach 

Beach dogs Anglesey

Silver Bay Beach is an awesome dog-friendly beach. Adopting a crescent shape and hemmed in by conifer trees and a low rocky headland, this a great place for you and your dog, especially if they love a bit of a clamber and don’t mind a bout of exploration. There are some excellent views across the beaches that include Rhosneigr and Cymyran up the coast. Other dog-friendly beaches on the island include: Lligwy, Moelfre, Pentraeth, and Red Wharf Bay.

Why your dog will love it: There are heaps of rocks to sniff around and play chase. And it's one of the largest unrestricted beaches for dogs on the island.

Holyhead Land Train 

Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey

Take your dog aboard the Holyhead Land Train that runs daily between Holyhead town centre and Breakwater Country Park. Towed the short journey (via Newry Beach) between the two destinations by a Land Rover, known as The Landy Flyer, this quaint transportation has been in operation since the 1940s. Taking in the sights of St Cybi’s Church and Roman Fort, the Maritime Museum (at Newry Beach), and Holyhead Mountain, it’s a great way to pass the time.

Why your dog will love it: Great for puppies and old dogs as they will love seeing the sights pass by.

Seacoast Safaris 

Dog on a boat

If you own a sea dog, they are welcome to follow you aboard a boat for a sea safari whilst you discover the joys of the Menai Straits. Setting off from the Anglesey coastal town of Beaumaris, Seacoast Safaris' excursions takes about 90 minutes to complete, see what you can spot on the water or in the air from on deck. Look out for Atlantic grey seals on the uninhabited Puffin Island and Penmon Lighthouse.

Why your dog will love it: It’s not every day your dog goes to sea!

Top walkies in Anglesey

Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is 130 miles and is one of the UK’s most up and coming long-distance walking destinations. It is possible to walk its full length in 9 to 16 days by breaking it up into manageable sections. The path is suitable for wayfarers with certain sections open to cyclists and horse riders. An incredible 95% of the path falls within a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the habitats include woodlands, clifftops, coastal heath, dunes, salt marshes and more. There are sections where your hound will have to be at heel or on the lead – look out for grazing animals and sheer cliffs. Highlights of the walk include views of Holyhead Mountain, South Stack Lighthouse, Menai Suspension Bridge, Carmel Head, Britannia Bridge, Penmon Point, Cemlyn Nature Reserve... and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Why your dog will love it: There’s a diversity of terrain for dogs of all ages to cover. For young dogs, it’s a great exercise in discovery.

Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

Breakwater, Anglesey

First opened in 1990, the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park is a superb location for a doggy day out! Situated close to Holyhead, you could combine a visit with a trip there via the aforementioned Land Train. Built on the site of a former quarry where the stone for titular breakwater was sourced in the 1800s, Holyhead Breakwater is the longest in Europe at 1.5 miles. Bird lovers will enjoy spotting peregrine falcons and choughs above the quarry and the possibility of stonechats in the walls. There is a lake called Llyn Llwynog in the park, where people show off their remote-control model boats or go fishing. Walk the Rocky Coast, where you can savour sea views and walk the trails through the gorse and heather expanses with your lucky dog! Some of the trails link up to Holyhead Mountain and South Stack, so don’t forget to pack your walking shoes. There is a North Wales Wildlife Trust kiosk for refreshments in the park too!

Why your dog will love it: Dogs love open spaces and wild places. There are scents galore to send their senses crazy!

Red Wharf Bay 

Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey

Take the hound out for a run and game of frisbee at this fantastic sandy beach called Red Wharf Bay. The large bay stretches from Benllech to Pentraeth and reveals more than 10 square miles of sandy beach at low tide. The beach makes up part of a larger nature reserve and is home to interesting habitats that include salt marshes and sand dunes that are home to rare pyramidal orchids, waders, and waterfowl.

Why your dog will love it: The beach is a natural dog playground! Sea, sky, beach, games!

Top dog-friendly dining spots in Anglesey

The White Eagle 

Sleepy puppy

A really cool dog-friendly pub, The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn, close to Holyhead, is a winner after a day on the beach or the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. The menus are something to shout about with all the popular bases covered. Dogs are allowed inside and outside on the deck, so bring your pooch along to one of the friendliest pubs on the island.

Why your dog will love it: There are no limits to where the dogs are welcome. 

The Bull at Beaumaris

Seafood ambush dog

Found on the south-east coast of Anglesey, The Bull at Beaumaris is a dog-friendly bar and restaurant is located in a hotel. Dogs are even allowed to join you in the bar for a pint of ale and a rest; it’s a relaxing spot with an impressive bar menu and a bold selection of Welsh ales and wines. The seaside town of Beaumaris is lovely to visit for views across the Menai Strait and as far as Snowdonia National Park.

Why your dog will love it: All dogs love a cosy place to rest after a long day out. The bar at The Bull is perfect.

The Tavern on the Bay

Dog being fed

The Tavern on the Bay is a gastropub that welcomes dogs to join you inside and on the terrace. Enjoy very impressive sea views at one of the island’s most popular eateries. The menu is very tempting and diverse with a dizzying array of choice. Vegetarians are well-catered for, as well as lovers of seafood. Mealtime favourites are well represented too, and the Sunday roast menu is very enticing.

Why your dog will love it: The quality of morsel up for grabs is worth being patient for most dogs!

Top dog-friendly places to stay in Anglesey

A great Anglesey dog-friendly cottage for a family escape

Seashell Cove | Sleeps: 2 dogs plus 4 humans

A superb choice for a family break to Anglesey, this pretty holiday home is located in Cemaes Bay, which is close Beaumaris. With bay views, there is an enclosed garden for your dog to rest up after a long day of touring the island. Close to Anglesey’s family attractions like Sea Zoo, Beaumaris Castle and Plas Newydd, there’s plenty to get you excited at this self-catering dog-friendly holiday home in Anglesey.

One of the best Anglesey dog-friendly cottages for a walking holiday

Cwyrt Cottage | Sleeps: 1 dog and 6 humans 

Cwyrt Cottage, Anglesey

This spacious barn conversion is set in a lovely rural location on the Isle of Anglesey, a short drive away from the sandy beaches of Benllech and Red Wharf Bay. With lots of space for six guests across three restful bedrooms, this is the ideal retreat for you and your family for a week or two away. It’s close to Anglesey’s major attractions like the Coast Path, Silver Bay Beach, Holyhead Mountain and Beaumaris Castle.

We have a large collection of dog-friendly places to visit and things to do on the Isle of Anglesey for you to uncover. Visit our range of dog-friendly holiday cottages where you and your pet will find features that are bound to make a holiday on Anglesey an experience to remember. For more inspiration visit our dog-friendly guide to North Wales. Choose your perfect self-catering dog-friendly holiday cottage from our collection - book your ideal holiday home today.

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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