Dog-friendly beaches in Isles of Scilly

THE Isles of Scilly are a wonderful group of islands situated around 25 miles off the coast of mainland Cornwall with an array of beaches surrounding each of them.

With almost 150 islands – five of which are uninhabited – in the archipelago and regular summery weather, it is no surprise that it has become a popular tourist hub with thousands flocking to the sandy coasts every year, including dogs.

Which Isles of Scilly beaches can dogs go to?

  • Appletree Bay Beach, Tresco (dogs must be kept on a lead)
  • Covean Beach, St Agnes (dogs banned during summer months)
  • Great Bay Beach
  • Green Bay Beach
  • Lawrence’s Bay Beach
  • Old Town Beach, St Marys (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Par Beach
  • Pelistry Bay Beach, St Marys
  • Pentle Bay (dogs must be kept on a lead all year around and no dogs allowed overnight)
  • Periglis Beach, St Agnes
  • Porth Hellick Beach, St Marys
  • Porthmellon Beach, Hugh Town (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Porthcressa Beach, Hugh Town (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Rushy Bay Beach, Bryher
  • The Bar Beach, St Agnes
  • Town Beach, Hugh Town
Porthmellon Beach is just one of many beaches around the Isles of Scilly that welcomes dogs to their sands (David Jones/Flickr)
Porthmellon Beach is just one of many beaches around the Isles of Scilly that welcomes dogs to their sands (David Jones/Flickr)

Why are dogs banned from going onto some beaches?

Although many beaches in the Isles of Scilly welcome our canine friends, there are some where our beloved pooches are forbidden from entering – or at least must abide by strict rules.

The majority of reasons for not allowing dogs at those seaside hubs are for health and safety reasons, especially during the summer months when more people flock to the coast.

If you are spending a significant portion of your day at the beach with a dog, the pooch is likely going to need to wee and poo.

Failure to clean up after your dog can cause serious health issues, in particular for young children, as with a dog’s diet largely being meat-based, their faeces may lead to the contraction of toxocariasis – or zoonosis – by humans.

Although some symptoms are mild, others include blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

The Isles of Scilly are not the only places with countless coastal hubs that welcome pooches with England having dog-friendly beaches from Land’s End to Druridge Bay.

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