Top Things to Do With a Dog in Anglesey

Dog at South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey
Dog at South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey (see below)

Are you craving a holiday with your hound that combines relaxation and waggy-tailed adventures? Aside from its glorious beaches for sandy-pawed adventures with your canine companion, Anglesey boasts a diverse range of dog-friendly activities and things to do. From historical sites to scenic walkies, here are some of our top things to do with your dog on this enchanting island nestled off northwest Wales.

Dog-friendly Wildlife Experiences in Anglesey 

Photo Courtesy of Seacoast Safaris
Photo courtesy of Seacoast Safaris

If you’ve got a salty sea dog and want to witness Anglesey’s wildlife on a sea-bound adventure, hop aboard with Seacoast Safaris. Dogs are welcome to join you and feel the sea breeze in their fur, as you spot sea life and scenery on a Puffin Island or Menai Strait tour, and enjoy a unique perspective of local landmarks while coming face-to-face with wildlife.

Set off with your hound under close control to spot rare seabirds at Cemlyn Nature Reserve. At this designated AONB, you can follow the shingle ridge walk to see an abundance of waterbirds, including Sandwich, Arctic and Common terns. There’s a variety of dog-friendly walking trails, however it’s important to keep your pooch on a lead, particularly during the nesting season and around the wildlife.

When the weather is a bit wild for walkies on the coast of Anglesey, head for shelter in the Dingle Nature Reserve, an ancient 25-acre wooded valley where you can see the likes of kingfishers, woodpeckers and moorhens. Here, you and your hound can follow the Cefni River as it tumbles through woodland, and look out for sculptures by local artists, including a dragonfly and giant seed pods. 

Scenic Walkies With a Dog in Anglesey 

Photo courtesy of Visit Anglesey
Photo courtesy of Visit Anglesey

Don your walking boots and set off on a section of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path with your hound at your heels. The trail stretches 130 miles around the island, offering panoramic views of the Irish Sea and Snowdonia, sandy bays for splashing in the shore break, and historic landmarks where you and your dog can snoop into the past. Don’t forget to snap your own postcard of the sea arches at Bwa Gwyn, and if you’re feeling energetic, climb to the highest point of the island at Holyhead Mountain. 

You can find guides to different sections and walks on The Friends of Anglesey website and via the Wales Coast Path. Pack up your own picnic, or you’ll find plenty of paw-friendly cafés and pubs along the way. 

Feel love in the air on a low-tide pilgrimage with you and your pup to Llanddwyn Island. This rocky outcrop is home to the crumbling ruins of Saint Dwynwen church – home of Wales’ patron saint of lovers. Standing in one of the most picturesque locations in Wales you’ll certainly feel the love for your surroundings, as you gaze back at Newborough‘s pine forests, the peaks of Snowdonia, and the vast expanse of Malltraeth Bay – which beckons you back to play ball on the golden sands.  

Escape the hustle and bustle of the coast with your canine companion and venture into Anglesey’s enchanting woodlands for walkies. The Coed Cyrnol Forest, near Llangefni, is a dog-friendly paradise, with winding trails leading through ancient oak and pine trees. Let your pup roam off-leash, while you soak up the peaceful atmosphere, reconnect with nature and pause for a picnic beneath the canopies. 

Dog-Friendly Historical Sites and Landmarks on Anglesey 

South Stack Lighthouse. Photo Courtesy of Visit Anglesey

Dogs are welcome to join you as you explore the mystical ruins of Beaumaris Castle – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s famous for being the ‘greatest castle that was never built’. Despite being an unfinished masterpiece, you can scratch into the past as you explore the grounds and secret passages. But you’ll have to leave your dog at ground level if you want to climb spiral staircases and gawp at the magical scenery of the Menai Strait from the fortress towers. 

Alternatively, step back in time at the Llynnon Mill or Melin Llynnon, the only working windmill in Wales, where you can learn about traditional milling techniques and enjoy scenic walkies around the surrounding countryside. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you can tuck into homemade chocolate and doughnuts and even quench your thirst with gin that’s distilled using local botanicals. 

Step back to the 18th century at Plas Newydd House and Gardens, once home to the Marquess of Anglesey. While the ornate Neoclassical rooms aren’t open to dogs, your canine companions will love the gardens and grounds, where you’ll discover a colourful Rhododendron Garden and Camellia Dell. Snuffle further afield through the Coronation Meadow and Arboretum to Church Wood, and soak up panoramic views across the Menai Strait towards Snowdonia. 

Don’t forget your dog lead and camera when you set off on an adventure to the rugged RSPB reserve of South Stack Cliffs. Romp across rolling heathland that meets rocky sea cliffs, which are a vital breeding ground for guillemots, razorbills, choughs and puffins. You’ll want to put your dog on a lead if you climb the 400 cliff-steps and cross the bridge to reach South Stack Lighthouse, perched on its own tiny island, high above the crashing waves. 

Dog-Friendly Dining in Anglesey

dog in a restaurant

From traditional Welsh pubs to trendy beachside cafés, there are plenty of dog-friendly eateries in Anglesey where you can treat yourself and your pup to a delicious meal. Whether you fancy finger-licking pastries and artisanal coffee, or hearty pub grub with a side order of dog treats, check out our favourite dog-friendly restaurants in Anglesey (article coming soon). 

Book Your Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage in Anglesey 

Check out our range of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Anglesey and start planning your getaway to this magical island in northwest Wales. 

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