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Travel with your dog to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is one of the most dog-friendly places in Britain. There are walks galore, sandy beaches for running and swimming, glorious countryside to explore and plenty of pet-friendly pit-stops for when the humans need refuelling.

Dogs travel free on our three ferry routes linking the Isle of Wight to the south coast – when accompanied by a well-behaved owner. On a clear day, they can amble on the car ferries’ outer decks and when the weather is not so good they can enjoy the short crossing inside the ferries’ dedicated pet areas.

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Places to go

Dinosaur dog walk

The Isle of Wight it one of Europe’s most pre-historic sights, and at low tide you can discover the evidence for yourself. This walk from Brook Chine to Compton Bay and back has easy beach sections and steep climbing up and down the cliff – perfect for you and your dog.

Explore the dinosaur dog walk

Places to eat with your pooch

We’re very dog-friendly here on the Isle of Wight, so there’s no need to leave the pooch behind when you go out for something to eat. Here, our friends over at Taste of the Wight tell us about some of the fabulous places that will welcome your four-legged friend.

Places to eat with your dog

Dog-friendly pubs

Sometimes there is nothing better than spending the day with your dog. If that means spending the day in the pub, all the better! Many pubs on the Island allow dogs inside, whilst some go positively ‘woofy’ for your four-legged friend. Here, the Isle of Wight Pub Guide gives us their recommendations.

Discover dog-friendly pubs

Ferry travel with your pet

We welcome pets on board all of our ferries free of charge and strive to make travelling with your furry friend as hassle-free as possible. Check out our guide.

Read our pet travel guide

Taking your dog to the IOW

Travelling can be stressful enough at the best of times, but throw your four-legged friend into the mix and you might think it’ll be a whole different ball game. Getting to and around the Isle of Wight with your pooch is easy, though.

In our three-part blog series, we take a look at getting to your Wightlink ferry, what it’s like on board and how you can get around the Island once you’re there.

Getting to the ferry

There are many pet-friendly ways to get to our ports in Portsmouth and Lymington and plenty of places to stop off for a quick walk with your pooch.

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Taking your dog on board

From walks at the port to the wind in their fur out on the ferry sun decks, your dog is sure to love travelling across the Solent.

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Pet-friendly travel around the IOW

Once you’re on the Island, you’ll need some pet-friendly ways to get around. From hailing a taxi to jumping on the train, there’s plenty of options.

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