Dog friendly boating holiday itineraries

We all know that our furry friends are part of the family. When it comes to family holidays, why leave them behind? Our self-drive boating holidays are perfect for the whole family. We have pulled together a list of our dog friendly boating holidays so that you can start planning your next getaway. 


River Thames Itineraries

Horizon on the Thames

London may well be known for its hustle and bustle but the River Thames takes you back in time allowing you to enjoy a mix of peaceful countryside and pretty towns, making it the perfect location for river walks and exploring outdoor spaces. Cruising from Benson allows you to experience the best of the Great British countryside.

Walks and Outdoor spaces

Moor in Windsor and a few miles away you will find The Bailwick and Windsor Great Park Walk, a 7.6km walk with a few gentle inclines where you will walk through Virginia Water and Obelisk Pond.

Near our base in Chertsey there is a 4 mile circular National Trail that runs along the Thames Path – from Chertsey Bridge to Shepperton lock. There’s plenty of meadowland to let your dog run free and get rid of some energy. 

Parks and Gardens

A visit to “The Greatest Palace in Britain” is a must - Hampton Court Palace offers a magical journey through 500 years of Royal History. Whilst our four-legged friends are not allowed in the palace they are permitted in the informal gardens on a short lead. Reward them after with a long walk in Bushy Park, which is the second largest Royal Park of London. 

Eat and Drink

A staycation on the River Thames provides a number of dog friendly boating holiday itineraries – and what’s more, it’s right on your door step. Cruise from Chertsey and you’ll pass a number of dog friendly pubs along the River Thames. Stop at The Old Crown in Weybridge, located alongside the Thames, and your four-legged friend will receive a warm welcome. If it is a nice summer’s day The Minnow is the perfect option for alfresco dining with a lovely outdoor space for your dog to enjoy. 


France Itineraries


If you are looking for dog friendly boating holiday itineraries in France then the Canal du Midi is the option for you. Our most popular cruising region in France is 241 km and spans from the Mediterranean to Toulouse. Bathed in warm sunshine from April to October, the canals wend their way past a diverse spectrum of remote and picturesque countryside, quaint and sleepy villages and bustling cities full of history and charm.

Walks and Outdoor spaces

As you cruise along the Midi, you will notice that the towpath runs alongside making it the ideal destination to explore on foot. Moor up by the charming stone bridge in Villesèquelande and a short 500m away, you will find the village. Seek out the pretty church and clock the Sully Elm, planted in the square – it is one of the last elms still alive in France. 

Parks and Gardens 

Moor in Trèbes, pack up a picnic and head 5km away to Cavayère Lake. There are over 40 hectares of lake and woodland here, ideal for relaxation, walking or getting active.

In Beziers, there is the Plateau des Poètesvast. Stroll through the garden and discover the works of local sculptor, Injalbert, such as the Fountain of Titan and the statue of the Child and the Fish. In the summer you’ll find  an open air theatre where shows are held.

Eat and Drink 

Citadel of Carcassonne, is the second most visited attraction after the Eiffel Tower in France. This fortified medieval city is renowned for its double wall of ramparts and conical-roofed, fairy-tale towers. The stone cobbled streets are perfect to explore with your dog, as you walk around discovering the ramparts. Whilst you are there, visit Le Trivalou and try the local speciality, Cassoulet. There are many cafes in the walled city to enjoy a coffee and a macaron. 


Ireland Itineraries

Dog boating

The fields of the Shannon-Erne exude serenity, which is why it is perfect for exploring with the whole family. 

Walks and Outdoor spaces

Along the River Shannon you’ll find a number of towns that you can explore on foot – from Drumshanbo to Ballinamore. Drumshanbo is a typical Irish village, with a once-thriving iron-mining industry. Around the lake, there are also beautiful walking paths.

Leitrim is a great place for scenic walks or countryside bike rides. The village lies in the heart of the Blueway and has a variety of nature trails for walking enthusiasts, and the area is full of forests and lakes. 

Parks and Gardens

Enniskillen is the biggest city of Fermanagh County.. Visit the imposing Castle Coole, a magnificent 18th-century mansion and landscape park owned by the National Trust, and a perfect location for a refreshing walk.

Close to our Emerald Star base, Portumna Forest Park is an excellent, well-maintained area with picturesque views. With lots of different walking paths and beautiful wildlife, it is a fantastic place to explore and relax with your pet.

Eat and Drink

Moor up at Clonmacnoise and you’ll find character-seeped Luker’s Bar. There’s live music every night  throughout the summer including Irish & Folk sessions for the whole family to enjoy.


These are just some of the top places to visit on your dog friendly boating holiday, we are sure you’ll find your own places to make memories. To start planning your boating itinerary download our region guides and visit our dog friendly page to see our top tips of travelling with your dog. Book today or contact our team for more information abour our dog friendly boating itineraries.