Cornwall has so many things to offer, and perhaps one of the best, and often forgotten is the fact that you can take a dog friendly day trip (or a longer trip) to the Isles of Scilly. The really great news is that the Isles of Scilly is also really, really dog friendly, and it is easy to take dogs over to the islands.
To investigate just how easy it is to get your dog to the Isles of Scilly, we took Rosie, our 50kg Newfoundland over to the islands.
There are two ways to get to the Isles of Scilly. By Skybus or by the Scillonian III boat. Great news is that you can take your dog (one or two depending on how many will fit in the animal box) on the Skybus, which is wonderful for those who get sea sick, or who would like to get a few more hours out of a day trip (the voyage by Scillonian III takes 2 hours, 45 mins from Penzance to St Mary’s).
Even Rosie, the huge Newfie, was welcomed at Land’s End airport, with a few cuddles and jokes about her size. But it seemed all in a days work for the airport staff and crew. Our trip through the airport at Land’s End was smooth and quick. We all sat for the safety training video and were escorted to the Skybus, which takes around 15 minutes to fly to St Mary’s.
Rosie and I got on the plane first — apparently our large doggy made the plane shake! Dogs go in the cabin with passengers in a large crate. Rosie looked a little bemused as I tried to push her backwards into the crate, and if dogs could sigh, she would have before she stood up, went inside and lay down all by herself. I was able to sit right next to her and even stroke her ears through the crate on the way over. She was not distressed at all, because she could see us.
TRAVEL FACTS: You can currently take dogs to the Scillies from Land’s End or Newquay airport. The IOS Travel Twin Otter aircraft each contain an RSPCA approved animal box. This must be booked in advance by telephone and you can ask about taking more than two dogs over.
Price: £31.50 each way per animal box on the Twin Otter from Newquay; £31.50 each way per animal box on the Twin Otter from Land’s End; £64.00 each way per animal box on the “Islander” from Land’s End – this is because Isles of Scilly Skybus have to remove two seats to put the animal box into the aircraft.
If you’re more of a sailor, or on a tighter budget, the Scillonian III from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly allows dogs on board for free. We brought Rosie home by boat, and there were lots of other dogs on board, all well behaved. Rosie got a little excited when she saw the pod of dolphins playing in the sea, just off the stern of the boat, but then, we all did.
TRAVEL FACTS: Dogs must remain on a lead at all times and are not permitted where food is being served onboard.
Dog travel free onboard Scillonian III
We’ll be posting soon about the fabulous hotels, B&Bs and campsites which allow dogs on the Isles of Scilly, as well as the wonderfully welcoming places to eat and a guide to which beaches are dog friendly. Overall, however, it is safe to say that the islands are all very dog friendly and it is easy to travel with your dog between the islands. It’s a truly beautiful place, so do go and explore if you get the chance.
How much for humans: Day trips cost from £39.50 for adults, you can choose to travel on the Scillonian III, the Skybus or a combination of both. For longer trips Skybus fares are from £70 per adult and the Scillonian from £45 per adult. Book in advance for the best fares. www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk
For more information and accommodation: www.visitislesofscilly.com