Initially I was not that excited about a holiday in Wales, however, my dog was delighted. The wonderful beaches were nearly all dog friendly, plentiful, spacious, and much less crowded so he could run for miles with no fear of him introducing himself to families having a picnic and shaking himself. I am embarrassed to say he did this the first time I took him to a beach. He was just so excited and ran about totally oblivious to my shouts. Fortunately everyone was good natured about this, but it definitely explains why dogs are banned from some beaches in peak holiday season. As they say there is nothing friendlier than a wet dog !
Our first stop was in Anglesey where we stayed in a semi remote pub called the Black Lion Inn near Holyhead. The room was great and even had a little window at dog height. The dog was allowed to eat with us at every meal which was great. We found a lovely sandy beach, Porth Tywyn Mawr, just a couple of miles down the road. Dog friendly all year round.
We then moved on to Gwynedd where we spent a wonderful couple of hours at Black Rock Sands, near Porthmadog, (a very appropriate name for a town I thought). You could actually drive on to the beach and park up. The beach was nothing like it sounds, it was huge, with white sands and there were loads of grassy areas to mooch about in as well. A few other dogs were happily splashing about and Pawson really had a pawtastic time here.
This beach made up for my massive disappointment that no dogs were allowed in the famous Portmeirion Village which we had driven to visit.
Our next stop was the best dog friendly place we found in Wales. Sadly we couldn’t pronounce it, but we received a fantastic warm welcome at Llys Meddyg, in Newport. Our room was really nice with patio door onto a small sitting area. We had a choice of 2 restaurants and the food was great and the dog joined us too. Best of all was the private gardens at the rear where we sat and drank Prosecco while the dog made friends with everyone and was made a big fuss of. It was so nice to feel relaxed and there was also a cute cellar bar serving cocktails to round off the evening. Yet again there was a great dog friendly beach just a few miles away, with some coastal path walks for a bit of variety.
Our last stop was at the Fairyhill hotel in Gower. This was our most expensive stay and although the grounds were fabulous for the dog, he was not allowed in the bar. Lucky for us the weather was amazing so we could sit on the terrace with him.
The Gower Peninsular offered an even more impressive selection of beaches. We tried out Rhossili Bay. Over 3 miles of glorious sands (bit of a walk down from the car park, but the dog didn’t mind!). There were several dog friendly cafes to grab a bite to eat after the walk and of course the obligatory ice cream for us and the dog.
We also visited Oxwich beach, probably the most accessible of all the beaches on this stretch of coastline and although we didn’t venture that far there were walks round to lots of smaller bays including the stunning Three Cliffs Bay, subject to the tide.
All in all a very wet but enjoyable trip to Wales.
Have a look at all our dog friendly accommodation in Wales on the Paws Friendly page of the website.