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Dog Owner’s Guide to Anglesey

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
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Planning your next pet friendly getaway? How does a morning exploring ancient woodland sound, or how about an afternoon playing in the surf on a golden sandy beach? Perhaps we can interest you in locally sourced, award winning food served in a warm dog friendly environment? If this sounds like your idea of heaven then you and your four legged friend would love a trip to Anglesey!

Ynys Llanddwyn  Off Anglesey, North Wales

The beautiful Ynys Llanddwyn. Image by tekaybeCC 2.0

Located in North Wales, this picturesque Welsh island is ideal for a dog friendly holiday at any time of year. To help you get to know the island a little better, we’ve included everything a dog owner will need to know before holidaying on Anglesey. You can use this guide to plan your getaway or even inspire future holidays, either way we’re sure you’ll love the island as much as we do!

Getting around Anglesey

Anglesey isn’t a very big island, in fact those travelling by car are able to get from one side of the island to the other in less than one hour! For those of you that don’t drive, Anglesey offers a fantastic range of public transport options to suit you and your dog. Here are just a few ways in which you and your dog can get around the island;

Menai Bridge with couple walking under.

The Menai Bridge connects Anglesey to the mainland. Image by Denis EganCC 2.0


Did you know that one of Anglesey’s most popular tourist spots is a train station? It’s the one located in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Visitors love to stop here and pose for a picture with the station sign. If you fancy taking the train to Anglesey then both Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains offer services to the island. The train is a great way to get on and off Anglesey, but once you arrive we suggest using the local bus service to reach some of the smaller villages, hamlets and popular tourist attractions.


The bus service on Anglesey is very good and welcomes dogs of all shapes and sizes. You can get just about anywhere on Anglesey by bus so it’s more than worth taking this approach to travelling. The Isle of Anglesey County Council lists all the available services on their website along with bus times, simply click here for more information.


Many of the taxi firms on Anglesey would be happy to take you and your pooch around the island, however prices can be on the expensive side. We would advise only using a taxi if there are no bus services running.  A full list of the taxi firms on Anglesey can be found here.


Anglesey is a haven for cyclists as you can get anywhere by bike! This is a fantastic way to travel around the island and we highly suggest this option as not only will you get to see some of Anglesey’s best scenery, but you’ll also be doing wonders for your carbon footprint. If you don’t have a bike but fancy cycling round the island then you can hire a bike from Cybi Bikes.

Days out with your dog

There are plenty of dog friendly things to do on Anglesey from exploring the sandy beach to discovering dense forests. To help inspire your day out selection, we’re put together a list of some of our favourite pastimes for dogs and their owners on the island.

Golden sandy beach with a blue sky and fisherman near the sea

Image of Trearddur Bay by Edward ReynoldsCC 2.0


Anglesey is great for dog owners looking to stretch their legs with plenty of open spaces for you and your energetic pet to explore. The Anglesey Coastal Path is a great route to get you started, however at 127.5 miles long, we suggest only taking up one or two routes and not the whole circular trail! The sandy marshes at Red Wharf Bay, tall pine forest at Newborough beach and stunning Beaumaris Castle are all great places to start!


As an island, Anglesey is not short of beaches but if you’re worried about seasonal restrictions then don’t be, as Anglesey has many beaches that welcome dogs all year round. You’ll find a full list of Anglesey’s dog friendly beaches by visiting


Does your dog like to pay fetch? A visit to one of Anglesey’s forests could see you coming back with a few new sticks for your next game! Newborough Forest is probably the most well-known forest on the island and definitely worth the trip; with its tall pine trees and moss covered mounds the atmosphere here is truly magical.

Dog friendly pubs

Anglesey is known for its friendly hospitality towards both visitors and their dogs. If you’re looking for a somewhere to wet your whistle, enjoy a nice pub dinner and even a biscuit for the pooch, then here is our selection of the best pet friendly pubs on Anglesey.

Pub with white tones walls and blue trim around the doors and windows

The Black Lion, a dog friendly pub in Llanfaethlu. Image by David CottamCC 2.0

Ty Dderw

Located in a converted farm house with panoramic views towards the sea and over the countryside, Ty Dderw is fantastic for a pick me up when out exploring The Anglesey Coastal Path. The Ty Dderw offers a wonderful menu if you’re looking for a bite to eat and as dogs are welcome in the bar area there is no need to leave your four-legged friend behind come dinner time.

Contact: 01248 410777 / /

The White Eagle

The White Eagle in Rhoscolyn is well-known for its friendly hospitality. The pub famously welcomes both owners and their dogs and even has a special doggy dining room where you can enjoy a bite to eat and the dog can enjoy a biscuit or two.

Contact: 01407 860267 /

The Black Lion

If you’re looking for locally sourced produce then The Black Lion is the pub for you. This establishment prides itself on showcasing the best that Anglesey has to offer. Team their fantastic food and ale with a dog friendly bar and you have the makings of a fantastic night out.

Contact: 01407 730718 / /

The Tavern on the Bay

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Tavern on the Bay can’t be beat when it comes to dining with a view. This very special gastro-pub not only offers wonderful scenery, but a fantastic menu and dog friendly atmosphere too!

Contact: 01248 582751 / /

The Anglesey Arms

With a beautiful garden and wonderful views of Menai Bridge, the Anglesey Arms is the perfect place for a relaxing pint with your dog. This venue’s atmosphere is second to none and they even have a fantastic events calendar featuring live music and quiz nights

Contact: 01248 712305 /

Owain Glyndwr

The Owain Glyndwr welcomes owners and their pets into the pub when they stop in on their way to or from the beach. The pub serves a superb variety of local cask ales and there is also a lovely selection of homemade meals and snacks on the menu – perfect!

Contact: 01928 810710 / /

Dog supplies

It happens to us all; you arrive at your holiday accommodation only to find you left an essential item at home! If this happens to you when you visit Anglesey with your dog then don’t worry as there are plenty of pet stores on the island. We’ve listed some good to know pet stores and services below just in case of emergencies.

Food and toys

For a fantastic selection of food and toys we suggest visiting Farm and Pet Place in Llangefni. This large store has everything you need in one place, from tasty treats to squeaky balls! So if you’ve forgotten your dog’s favourite toy or food, then we suggest visiting this one stop shop.


We don’t want to think about it, but you can never be too prepared for an accident. If your four legged friend gets themselves in to trouble whilst visiting Anglesey then help is at hand as there are a number of vets located on the island who can help you. You’ll find a full list of Anglesey vets here.

Dog sitting service

The whole point of a dog friendly holiday is to enjoy time with your pet, but if you fancy a night out or visiting an attraction that doesn’t welcome dogs then we suggest investing in a pet sitter. For a small fee, you’ll be able to leave your dog with a friendly professional who will keep them entertained whilst you explore the island. You can find a great selection of pet sitters on Anglesey by visiting Yelp.

Dog friendly accommodation

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The spectacular view from The West Wing (Ref, 918878), a dog friendly property in Rhosneigr, Anglesey.

When visiting Anglesey with your pooch you’re going to need somewhere to stay, luckily here at Sykes Cottages we have a selection of nearly 90 dog friendly cottages to choose from on the island. Our pet friendly cottages are more than happy to welcome your four legged friend to stay and with many of these cottages located next to great walking routes, we’re sure your dog will approve.

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By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her husband.

Great Walks for Dogs

Saturday, February 20th, 2016
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It’s no secret that us Brits love our dogs; from the Queen’s corgis to the hit TV show “Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs”, we are a nation obsessed with furry muzzles and wet noses! On today’s blog, we’re celebrating our fondness for dogs with a selection of dog friendly UK walks. These walks offer plenty of open spaces and new smells to discover, which are sure to get your dog’s tail wagging as you enjoy some quality time with your four-legged chum.

Mullion and Poldhu, Cornwall

This spectacular 4.5 mile walk along the Cornish coast is a real treat for dog walkers, combining both easy cliff top walking and captivating coastal views. At just an hour and a half long, this route is perfect for less experienced walkers. There are even dog friendly pubs dotted about the route where you can stop off for refreshments. As well as the dog friendly pubs, this walk also passes a dog friendly beach where your pooch can run along the shore and stretch their legs.

For full details on this walk please visit

Lamachan Hill and Curleywee, Dumfries and Galloway

At an impressive 10.25 miles, this walk is best suited to experienced walkers and dogs that are used to long treks. The walk takes six to seven hours to complete and covers a rough terrain with some over grown paths. Although challenging this walk is more than worth the effort with extensive views over Wigtown Bay and plenty of open spaces for your dog to explore. Along the way, we suggest stopping for a picnic and allowing your dog time to discover the sights and sounds of the Scottish countryside.

For full details on this walk please visit

Aberffraw to Porth Cwyfan, Anglesey

This coastal Welsh walk is ideal for dogs that like to dip their paws in the ocean and sniff the salty sea air. At just 4.3 miles long, this route should take dog walkers no more than an hour and a half to complete and as it covers a relatively easy terrain, it’s suitable for all skill levels. The route boasts fantastic cliff top views and a number of great spots to let your dog run free off the lead. If you feel like extending the walk then we suggest a walk across to Cwyfan Church, which is situated on its own little island.

For full details on this walk please visit

Flamborough Head, Yorkshire

If you’re new to walking or have an older dog that needs to take things a little slower, this one hour walk is perfect for you. Following a clear grassy path, this route benefits from amazing views of the lighthouse and surrounding countryside as well as plenty of space for your dog to explore off the lead. This area is rich with wildlife so although you can let your dog off the lead, there will be areas where you need to keep your pooch under tight control.

For full details on this walk please visit

For more UK dog walks make sure to check out our Take the Lead guide. This guide is packed full of fantastic walking routes and as the guides have been written from a dog’s point of view, they make for a very interesting and funny read!

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Nicole Jones-Gerrard

By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her husband.

Dog Friendly Days Out

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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The demand for dog friendly days out in the UK is on the rise and with hundreds of attractions now welcoming dogs, it’s never been easier to plan a trip with your four legged friend. If you’re planning a dog friendly day out this year but are still unsure on what to do, then keep reading as we suggest our five favourite places to visit for a day out with man’s best friend.

Coed y Brenin Forest Park

With numerous trails to choose from, the smells, noises and texture of the Coed y Brenin Forest Park are sure to excite your dog’s senses. Whether you decide to walk or run through the park, we’re sure your four legged friend will have a fantastic time keeping pace, even if they do make the occasional stop in search of the biggest stick! The staff at the visitor centre are extremely friendly and always happy to help, so if you need advice on which route best suites your skill level it’s worth stopping by to make use of their expert park knowledge.

Crich Tramway Village

For a museum visit with a difference, we suggest taking a trip to Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire. This wonderful attraction welcomes dogs free of charge, so you and your pooch are free to explore the village at your leisure, with the exception of the catering establishments and indoor children’s play area. Take your dog on a tram ride through the village and let them hang their head out the window as they take in their surroundings, or visit the great exhibition hall which houses the largest collection of vintage electric trams in the UK!

Framlingham Castle

If you’re looking for a historic day out for you and your dog then Framlingham Castle is the place for you. This impressive structure has been around for more than 800 years but with towers reaching a spectacular height of 10.5 metres and walls as thick as 2.3 metres, it’s not hard to see why. Explore the grounds of Framlingham Castle this summer and you and your pooch can enjoy extensive views over the Suffolk countryside whilst learning all about this formidable castle’s intriguing history.

Compton Bay

Whether they’re digging in the sand, playing amongst the surf or chasing frisbees over the dunes, dogs just love to be at the beach. One of our favourite dog friendly beaches is Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight; with both golden and dark sands, spectacular coastal views and great walks nearby, it’s a must for dog owners. Playing on Compton Bay will allow your pooch the opportunity to meet lots of new doggy friends and as long as you stay between Hanover Point and Brook Chine, you and your dog can enjoy the beach all year!

Eden Project

The Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions and since 2013, it has allowed dogs to explore the outdoor gardens at no extra charge. This is a perfect area for exercising your dog, with miles of outdoor garden paths to discover. The Eden Project has gone to great lengths to ensure that you and your dog feel welcome at the attraction and even provide water bowls and an undercover dining area, so that you and your four legged friend can enjoy a picnic together in the grounds.

These are just some of the fantastic days out you can have in the UK with your dog and with hundreds more out there, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a day with your best friend. If you were hoping to spend a little more quality time with your pooch this year then why not take a look at our dog friendly cottages? With over 3,000 to choose from, we’re sure to have something that suits both of your tastes!

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By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her husband.

Scotland’s Best Pet Friendly Pubs

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Here at Sykes we know how much people love to take their dogs away on holiday with them; after all, we’ve got over two and a half thousand cottages that welcome pooches with open arms! And our four legged friends love it! Instead of being left back in the kennels they’re living it up in the fresh surroundings, with plenty of new people to meet and smells to sniff. And then there’s the walks! Rather than a march around the block or a trip down to the park they get long wanders through the Great British countryside and, as it turns out, just like us they’re rather partial to a stop off in a quaint country pub – especially if there’s the chance of a bit of grub. But believe it or not, there are some pubs that don’t welcome our pups! So we’ve taken a look at some of the best pet friendly pubs north of the border so you know where to take your pooch when you’re away!

Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Tucked away in the heart of beautiful Glen Coe is the Clachaig Inn. Ever popular with the numerous tourists who pay a visit to Glen Coe each year, the Clachaig Inn makes the perfect spot for you and your pooch to kick back and relax after a long day exploring the glen. Both of the bars in the inn are dog friendly meaning that you’ll have the run of the place and with an incredible variety of locally sourced foods – from a full Scottish breakfast through to venison pastrami – it might be a hard job forcing yourself to leave!

 The Drover’s Inn, Inverarnan

Second on our list is The Drover’s Inn, just off the West Highland Way at the top of Loch Lomond. Originally forming a stop off point for the cattle drovers moving their herds southwards down from the highlands it now plays host to the countless walkers making their way through the beautiful countryside. Rumour has it that the Inn is haunted by the ghost of one such drover who was killed by a rival gang over three hundred years ago, but you and your four legged friend needn’t worry about that! Instead you can just put your paws up and maybe even test yourselves against the Braveheart Burger.

The Stein Inn, Waternish

Next up we’ve got the oldest pub on the whole of the Isle of Skye, the Stein Inn. Situated on the Waternish peninsula on the North Western tip of the island, the Stein Inn was founded back in the 18th century and still retains much of its original charm. Featuring a traditional highland bar complete with over 100 different varieties of malt whisky and the Stein Inn’s very own ale the “Reeling Deck”, a smouldering peat fire and stunning views out over the Hebrides it’s the perfect place to sink a pint in the company of your pooch.

So there you go, hopefully you and Fido will have found this useful and who knows, your furry friend might even be planning his next trip north of the Border. Or maybe you know of some other great pet friendly pubs in Scotland? If so let us know and we’ll help spread the word!

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Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

Sykes’ Spotlight on Pet Friendly Cottages for More Than One Pet

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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When I was a child I hated having to wave goodbye to the family dogs as we left on our annual holiday so now that I’m older I take every opportunity I can to pack them into the car with me and head off on an adventure together. It turns out I’m not the only one who hates to leave my loyal companions behind as thousands of people book up our pet friendly cottages each year.

Booking a cottage when you have just one pooch can be hard enough but what happens if you have a pack? Well here at Sykes Cottages we have the answer: hundreds of pet-friendly cottages that will accept two or more pets! Keep reading to see a selection of our favourite pet friendly cottages for more than one pet or head on over to our pet friendly cottages page and start searching for your next holiday today!

The Stables, Horton-in-Ribblesdale


The Stables (Ref. 912240)

Located on the outskirts of a picturesque country village, The Stables are ideal for dog owners who like to stretch their legs. This gorgeous two bedroom property offers visitors and their four legged friends various walks straight from the doorstep so you can head out and explore famous areas such as the Pennine Way and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Driftwood Cottage, Baycliff


Driftwood Cottage (Ref. 26010)

Driftwood Cottage offers everything you need on a dog friendly holiday; there is a comfortable enclosed patio with spectacular views over Morecambe Bay and direct access to the beach as well as a cosy woodburner in the sitting area. Days can be filled playing amongst the surf whilst cosy evenings are spent reading by firelight – something for both dogs and owner!

Loo Bridge Railway Station, Killarney

Low Bridge Railway Station (Ref. 17893)

Low Bridge Railway Station (Ref. 17893)

Ideally situated between the two popular towns of Kenmare and Killarney, Low Bridge Railway Station not only benefits from fantastic amenities but also easy access to the National Park which is home to some of Ireland’s best scenery. When you’re done exploring the local area simply sit back and relax in the large lawned garden or one of the four stylishly decorated bedrooms.

Hillbrook House, Nolton Haven

Hillbrook House (Ref. 30296)

Hillbrook House (Ref. 30296)

This charming seaside cottage is perfect for a family or a group of friends wanting to explore the Welsh coastline with a wonderful sheltered beach just 30 strides from the front door. Once you’ve had your fill of the beach (if that’s possible!) visit the enclosed natural grass garden and unwind in the summerhouse or host a delicious BBQ as the sun sets over the Welsh countryside.

The Barn, Saham Hills

The Barn (Ref. 26593)

The Barn (Ref. 26593)

Nestled in the Norfolk countryside, The Barn has been finished to a high standard making it a welcome retreat for the whole family. This property accommodates four dogs and the owners even offer a dog sitting service by prior arrangement should you need it. At The Barn you’ll have your own private enclosed garden as well as use of the paddock so plenty of room to exercise the dogs!

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Nicole Jones-Gerrard

By Nicole Jones-Gerrard

As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her husband.