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!
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;
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.
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 thebeachguide.co.uk.
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.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.tydderwinn.moonfruit.com
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 / www.white-eagle.co.uk
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 / email@example.com / blacklionanglesey.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org / thetavernonthebay.co.uk
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 / www.anglesey-arms.co.uk
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 / email@example.com / www.ogdllanddona.co.uk
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
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.