Dog friendly boat trips in Cornwall

Taking your dog out onto the water can be great, especially if your dog doesn’t like to be left alone and you want to enjoy a nice day out. We’ve rounded up some great dog friendly boat trips in Cornwall. As always, do contact us if you know of a dog friendly boat trip that you would like us to add to the list.

IMG_0477Harbour cruise around Falmouth Harbour on Medina Mist with Kernow Cruises (45 minutes)

Call ahead or just turn up to the kiosk on the Prince of Wales quay at Falmouth and enjoy a 45 minute trip around Falmouth Harbour with Mike Pill and his team. Dogs are allowed, and we were accompanied by Charlie, the incredibly well behaved Jack Russell terrier on our trip. Charlie like many dogs gets distressed if he is left alone for too long, so his owners got to enjoy their harbour cruise safe in the knowledge that Charlie was having fun too. The cruise takes you past the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, huge military and civilian ships at the dock and past £80 million plus superyachts being refitted at Pendennis shipyard. You also discover the tankers hidden from WWII bombers beneath Pendennis castle, and sail by St Antony lighthouse and St Mawes on the other side of the harbour. A lovely little trip

common_dolphinsFowey to Mevagissey Ferry (35 mins)

Explore two beautiful and vibrant fishing villages at either side of St Austell Bay and enjoy this 35 mintue crossing between the two.  You may not see basking sharks, dolphins, gannets or the odd warship (but you might!).  You can be sure of an interesting and enjoyable day out. Arrive early to get your seat. Well behaved dogs are welcome and they travel on board for free. Adult returns cost £14.

helford-river-cruisesHelford River Cruises (one and a half hours)

Helford River Cruises offer a memorable boat tour of the Helford River on the Hannahmolly, a traditional Cornish boat licensed for 12 people and the river cruise is a great activity for all ages. Trips leave from the Budock Vean Hotel foreshore which is a beautiful short walk through their award winning gardens.  An experienced boatman guides you through the river, lined with ancient oak woodlands and deep sheltered valleys with an abundance of birds and other wildlife. Cruise by Trebah and Glendurgan gardens, over to Helford village, then meander up river and into Frenchman’s Creek returning via Port Navas village and the Duchy Oyster Farm. Trips normally take about one and a half hours and the team contacted Dog Friendly Cornwall specifically to let us know that dogs are welcome on the trips if the boat is booked as a private charter. This can take up to 12 people and costs from £200 (£16.67 per person)


Cruises around the Fal and Helford rivers with Real Cornwall

Cruises around the Fal and Helford rivers with Real CornwallThe boat is Kernow Wir, (which means Real Cornwall), a stylish 25ft motor cruiser and can take up to 6 guests and one dog per cruise, with a fully qualified skipper and a host to look after the customers. The boat is fully commercially coded with all necessary safety equipment and brand new life jackets to fit all sizes from 6 months old upwards. And of course most sizes of dog! As well as enjoying the beautiful scenery and the fascinating wildlife and river traffic, you also get to enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks as part of standard cruises.

scillonian-4Day trip to the Isles of Scilly on The Scillonian III (two hours and 45 minutes)

Did you know that you can sail over the the Isles of Scilly and back on a day trip from £37 per adult. Dogs are allowed too, and cost £5 each way. As well as getting to explore the magical Sciily Isles with their famed soft white beaches, beautiful islands and heritage, you also get to enjoy the crossing. Wildlife sightings on the voyage include basking sharks, huge schools of dolphins, rare seabirds and even minke whales. There are cafes on board, reclining seats and open air seating on deck. One word of warning — if you are not a good sailor make sure the day is calm before you do this crossing!  But if you’d like to avoid sailing home or would simply like a little more time on the islands, you can take dogs on the Skybus aeroplane from £35 in an RSPCA approved animal box.