This was going to be the biggest event in my life ever (so far)! I would celebrate my 5th month birthday (yes I’m still counting, I might get treats) on a different island. Mummy had done this trip with my big sister (who’s over the rainbow chasing squirrels), but never with me and, as Mummy likes to put it, I have “needs”. Mummy had spent a long time preparing this trip and she has agreed to let me share our experiences to help any other doggies thinking of visiting this wonderful island.
Dog Friendly Accommodation
As I mentioned, Mummy has been on the island before with my big sister and wanted to stay at the same place that she did last time (in a different unit). Unfortunately Paul only had the second week available, so Mummy booked that week and went looking for accommodation for the first week. Once that was booked she booked the Ferry.
This was a fantastic two bedroom first floor apartment, set in a very large private garden. The owner’s house was nearby and they have three large dogs (all dogs are large to me). The owner agreed to keep them away from me whilst I was around as they were a little too enthusiastic with their welcome and frightened me. We were a little off the main roads and it got very dark at night without street lights, but Mummy had been left a torch so it wasn’t too bad having a little “walk” just before bed. I had even been left some treats in the welcome pack.
We had been spoilt after the first week and found this apartment a little too small. It was an upside down house with the double bedroom and en-suite downstairs and the living room and kitchen upstairs. This meant whoever was using the sofabed had to go downstairs and into the bedroom of the other person. This was definitely a two person apartment. On the plus side the garden was only four steps up from the living room, but it wasn’t secure for a little dog like me, although larger dogs would have probably been okay.
Getting To The Isle Of Man
Mummy has agreed to let me share with you a mistake she made, so that your humans don’t do the same thing. Mummy tried to save money and didn’t book direct with the
Because she had done the sailing before she made some assumptions which were wrong and went on a comparison website, never again. Please note that not all sailings to the Isle of Man will allow you to stay with your humans, some sailings require that we are left in the car for the entire journey (just under three hours). If you’re happy with that, then great, but I wasn’t and put my paw down (that’s one of my “needs”). So Mummy had to faff (her words) around and change the sailings, meaning that we’re coming back a day later than arranged and with no proper accommodation booked. (Luckily Mummy’s friend has family on the island and we’ve found somewhere to crash for a night.) It could have been worse; mummy says that two years ago her accommodation was cancelled 48 hours before sailing and they had to find somewhere else – see Pinfold Cottages above who saved her holiday and stepped in at the last minute.
Mummy decided to drive most of the way the day before the ferry and booked us into the Ibis Hotel in Preston. It was a lovely hotel with only one place inside where I wasn’t allowed which was near the food. There was basic food available in the evening and a bar so Mummy could relax after the long drive. The hotel room was carpeted and the staff were lovely. Mummy decided on a cooked breakfast in the morning and really enjoyed it. You have to book on the telephone for a dog friendly room, but it was very easy and reasonably priced; it is easier to contact the hotel direct rather than go through central booking. Mummy paid £59 for a twin room and was then charged £10 extra for me.
Things To Do
Mummy has been to the island twice before, so she pretty much knows what she’s doing, but the official visitor information site is always a good place to visit
There are dog friendly places, especially beaches, you just need to know about them. There is also a great
Mummy only found this group this year and before sailing she made a list of all the dog friendly pubs and cafes listed on the page. She even found a pub listed that she had taken my sister to in the garden, but never knew they were dog friendly inside. Remind your humans to ask; the worst that can happen is that they’re told no in which case there’s always a dog friendly pub somewhere else.
This is a very large working water wheel with walks around the grounds. I was allowed in and had a lovely time exploring all the smells. Mummy’s friend went up the wheel (Mummy had done it before and waited with me) and also into the mine entrance.
This is a lovely collection of traditional houses with guides in some houses explaining the history and local crafts. There is a lovely walk available and tea rooms with an outside seating area where I sat with Mummy. There are chickens wandering around so watch out for them. There’s a little walk from the carpark to the village and another walk available to some neolithic stone circle burial chambers at Meayll Hill.
Mummy loves Peel Castle which is a collection of ruins set on St Patrick’s isle. I was allowed in and we had a wonderful walk around the ruins. There are some fantastic views, but beware it can get very cold and windy.
There’s a small part of Ramsey beach which dogs are allowed on and I had a great time running around on the sand before we visited a couple of pubs. Just make sure you run on the bit that you’re allowed on, but it’s well signposted.
I loved Jurby beach which goes on for miles. I could run around off the lead and investigate everywhere I wanted. It’s mainly stones, but a wonderful place to wear yourself out.
There are restrictions for dogs as this is a place where birds nest, but there is enough space to have a run around. The beach is mainly stones, but if you walk far enough you can find sand dunes.
There are a lot of restrictions on the island so do check where you are parking. Most places refer to a disc and parking is restricted to 2 hours between 8 and 6. You can get a disc on the boat or at the Tourist Information Centre for free and you just set the time when you leave the car. The general feeling with the locals was that the police don’t seem to bother too much with non Isle of Man plated cars as it was too much trouble, but it’s better to make sure your parking conforms with regulations.
Dog Friendly Pubs Personally Visited
Mummy was very good and made sure that we visited lots of dog friendly pubs on the island as this is, after all, what I repawt on. A dog friendly pub, in all my repawts, is one that allows me inside the pub area and will let me stay with Mummy whilst she eats.
I really liked this pub. I was the first to be served with a lovely large bowl of fresh water. The landlord has his own dog who comes into the pub in the evening, but today I had the place to myself. It’s a bit of a rabbit warren, but we sat in the lounge and everyone was very helpful. Mummy said there was a very large choice on the menu as well as specials and everyone (there were five humans) agreed the food was good. The only real downside was that there was no beer garden, although I did notice a doggie bin in the car park.
This pub is situated in the middle of the island and opposite the parliament which is an outside seating area, I kid you not. It was dog friendly, but I wasn’t offered water. However, Mummy always travels with water and a fold up bowl. I’m sure that it wouldn’t have been a problem though. They had a limited food selection and it’s certainly smaller than it looks, but everyone was friendly enough..
This was a nice friendly pub with a beer garden outside where you can watch the steam trains and planes go by. It wasn’t a large garden but there was a water bowl there waiting. They do serve food, but we didn’t eat there on our first visit. Uncle Keith loves this pub as they have plenty of different beers available and he made us stay for several drinks. Loads of people, including the bar staff, made a fuss of me and I was happy investigating the smells in the garden.
This pub is very handy for other attractions in the area, but not so good for parking, which is difficult in most populated areas of the island. We parked and walked. Mummy’s friend went inside to check they were dog friendly and to get the drinks and came out with dog biscuits for me. The seating area isn’t grassed, there wasn’t any water and it’s by the road and the quay, but it’s a good spot to people watch. Mummy didn’t see a menu, so we don’t know if they served food or not.
This pub is on the TT circuit and is one that Mummy has visited before. It has a large car park and is quite large inside. The beer garden is by the road so you can watch the world go by on a nice day. There is also a rather nice children’s play area. Dogs are restricted to one room inside with the pool table and darts board. There’s an extensive menu, but we didn’t eat there so don’t know what the food was like.
This pub is on the front in Peel and was very welcoming. The bar staff made a fuss of me and filled my waterbowl. I wasn’t allowed in the restaurant, but Mummy met some friends who ate in the bar area with me and Mummy said the food looked lovely and there was plenty of it. Unfortunately there was no beer garden.
This is a nice pub to sit outside and watch the world go buy. It’s very relaxed, but they don’t serve food. I was allowed everywhere inside and my water bowl was filled up when requested. Mummy said they had a very interesting teapot collection.
This is a nice local pub up a side street from the quay in Peel. The staff were very friendly and there were no restrictions as to where I could go. Mummy said the seating was eclectic. There was no beer garden or food and dogs are not allowed in on Friday and Saturday evenings after 6pm as it gets very busy. However, the locals were very friendly.
This is off the beaten track, but it does have its own car park. It’s a local pub, and we were made to feel very welcome; loads of people made a fuss of me. There didn’t seem to be any restrictions as to where I could go. Mummy couldn’t find a menu, but this is now one of Uncle Keith’s favourite pubs.
Mummy and Uncle Keith have been to this pub before and liked it. There is a car park, but it does seem to blend in with the beer garden. I was welcomed inside, but not allowed in the restaurant. We went in the bar area and Mummy could have eaten if she wanted and kept me with her. There was a very extensive menu and the 12-3pm weekday specials looked particularly good value. The bar staff loved me and filled my water bowl with no problems.
This pub had a lovely outside area which was right on the train tracks for the trolleys going up Snaefell and to other parts of the island. It was lunch time when we went and very busy and it seemed that people had to wait a long time to get served and to receive their food. The menu was good and when the food did arrive for other diners, Mummy said it looked very good. We could have gone inside, but as the sun was shining we stayed outside.
This pub is on the Quay in Ramsey and near a lovely dog friendly beach. Mummy parked on the sea front, no restrictions, and walked to this pub for a couple of drinks. It’s a locals’ bar and admittedly the decor has seen better days. They don’t serve food and there is no beer garden, however, there was a water bowl outside for me and the locals made us feel very welcome. I got a dog biscuit from one of the other dogs in the bar’s Mummy, which I quickly woofed down. It was a very comfortable pub to sit and snooze in.
The Bay has a lovely view of Port Erin bay where you can sit outside and watch the world go by. I was given a water bowl and was allowed inside the Bar area where my humans could eat with me if they wanted. There were two separate menus, one for lunch time and one for the evening. We decided to sit outside and watch everyone on the beach. Parking is difficult, so be prepared to park and walk and admire the views.
When we visited, the bridge next to the pub was being repaired and consequently the entrance to the car park/beer garden was a little tight. The Shore is just up the road from the sea and is more of a local bar. I was allowed in the bar. There was a limited food menu and from what I could see, I would have been allowed to sit with Mummy whilst she ate. The beer garden usually has a good view of the river, but there was a lot of scaffolding around this visit. The pub was also advertising Bed and Breakfast.
This pub is on a main road in Douglas and is a nice place to have a rest after wandering around the shops. It has mainly bar seating and an upstairs room that I didn’t investigate. The locals and bar staff were very friendly, but there was no outside seating area.
This is a local sports pub which doesn’t serve food, which we visited so Mummy’s friend could watch football on Sky Sports. I was allowed in the large bar area and loads of people made a fuss of me. There was a beer garden and a large car park. The pub is on the main road north of Douglas.
This was a lovely local pub that had a beer festival last time Mummy visited the island and her friend was determined to find the place again. We were made to feel very welcome and I was allowed in the bar area. They served food and between 12 and 2.30 there was a £5 menu available which Mummy said was really nice and excellent value. I was only allowed in the bar area where Mummy ate her dinner and there was a very large car park.
This pub was on the main road with parking on the road and behind the pub. There was a beer garden where I was allowed and I was only allowed in a very small bar. The place is mainly a restaurant where I wasn’t allowed and was too much like a chain pub for Mummy’s liking.
This bar is about 10 minutes drive from the beach. It had a car park which was behind the pub and a house, so was a little difficult to find. I was allowed in the Sports Bar and the beer garden. A friendly pub, but not really somewhere to spend too much time. Mummy didn’t know if they served food or not.
We had to go upstairs to the bar which had an excellent view over the port. We entered the pub from the rear which isn’t the most inviting, but left by the main door, which was much nicer. Mummy didn’t know if they served food or not, but I was made welcome.
We had a lovely time on the island. However, you really need a car to fully enjoy everything on offer. There were a couple of dog friendly pubs which we didn’t visit. Hopefully this article has given you an idea of what to expect when you visit the Isle of Man with your four pawed friend(s).
Maltese snuffles. Poppy – Junior Repawter