Dog-Friendly Sea Crossings on the Irish Sea

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Dog-Friendly Sea Crossings to Northern Ireland/Ireland

Have you ever fancied an escape break to Northern Ireland or Ireland with your four-legged friend for a few days or a long weekend? Getting there couldn't be easier! With a hop, skip and a wag of the tail across the Irish Sea, you can be there in 2-3 hours.  

Accomadog will be adding a great range of dog-friendly accommodation to our new site which you can choose and book direct with the owner at no extra cost. Alongside the accommodation, there will be bars, cafes, restaurants, plus much more to choose from our dedicated website.

From the UK mainland and Isle of Man, there's a great choice of departure points in which travel from and more than one ferry line to take you on to your destination port. Many of the carriers run several crossings per day.

You can depart from:

  • Holyhead – Belfast - Stena Line
  • Cairnryan – Belfast - Stena Line
  • Cairnryan – Larne - P&O
  • Liverpool (Birkenhead) - Belfast - Stena Line
  • Isle of Man – Belfast - IOM Steam Packet Co
  • Isle of Man - Dublin - IOM Steam Packet Co
  • Fishguard - Rosslare - Stena Line
  • Holyhead - Dublin - Stena Line

All of these here mentioned ferry companies allow your doggy to travel onboard and also cater really well for them. Some carriers allow dogs to travel free whilst others have a small charge. 

There are other routes available from the main carriers we have listed, though we have only listed those routes that are dog-friendly. 

Below are some of the main points taken from each of the carrier’s conditions for these specific routes, which are relevant to anyone considering the journey. For full doggy information, we include the links to each of the shipping lines web pages.


All dogs on the P&O route can travel free of charge but must be contained in your car at all times during the journey. Dogs are only permitted with those taking a car. Foot and coach passengers are not permitted to bring dogs on board with them. Only registered assistance dogs are allowed in the public deck spaces.

Information on - P & O 

Stena Line

All dogs travelling on the Stena Line route may travel free of charge, though they must stay in your car or one of the ships free pre-bookable kennels (which are subject to availability). All dogs (pets) must be pre-booked prior to travel. Stena advises using the kennels where possible.

Pet cases may be used to carry your dog and can be placed in the Kennel area on the car deck. Foot passengers may bring dogs on board provided they pre-book one of the free kennels or bring their dog in a carry on case.

Guide and assistance dogs are allowed in any area of the port or ship.

Information on - Stena Line

Isle of Man-Steam Packet Company 

All dogs travelling with the Steam Packet Line can travel free of charge provided they are kept in the car for the duration of the journey.

You may book places in the pet lounge, where the cost is £10 per dog or, if you are booking a pet cabin, the cost per dog is £10. You must pre-book all required places for you and your dog. If you have more than one dog, you will have to add each one. The Line has strict rules in place, if your dogs are not booked, they will not be permitted.

Foot passengers, as above, will be permitted to bring dogs on board and exercise their dogs on the outside decks. Foot passengers will only be permitted onboard when their dogs have been pre-booked into either the pet lounge or a pet cabin at a cost of £10 per dog. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs at all times.

Guide and assistance dogs are permitted in all areas of the ship and must be accompanied with all their relevant paperwork.

Information on - The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

Special Note

Your dog must have a Pet Passport to travel to and from the UK and other EU countries. Find out how to obtain a pet passport and get all the latest Brexit information on how pet passports will change from Jan 1st 2021 - Click Here! 


Our top five dog-friendly places to visit in NI

Rowallane Garden 

Silent Valley Mountain Park 

Castle Ward 

Murlough Nature Reserve 

Lagan Towpath 


We'd like to hear from you - If you can recommend other dog-friendly attractions/places to visit in Northern Ireland, please leave us a comment, we'd love to share this information with our other readers.  

(This post was first published in April 2019. Reviewed June 2020)

NOTE - Information contained in this article was accurate at the time of publishing and should be used for guidance only. Whilst we make every effort to keep our information up to date, public information is constantly changing and therefore, no responsibility will be accepted if this information becomes out of date or which warrants this information to be inaccurate.

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