Visiting Lindisfarne with your dog

A dog walker near the boat sheds at Lindisfarne Castle

Visitors have been bringing dogs for walkies on Holy Island for years, in fact several of our old photos show residents of the Castle exercising their four-legged friends on the headland and in the field.


Where can my dog go?

Please visit Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve ( for information on the Dog Zoning Trial on the island from 1st May 2021 until 1st September 2021.

There are two well-trodden paths across the castle field that lead towards the Jekyll Garden as well as the road around the north of the castle itself. The paths both eventually lead you out of the field and on to the path to the east shore of the island. The road will take you to the Lime Kilns and Headland. 

There are often sheep and shorebirds across the site so please keep your dog on a short lead at all times.

Where can't my dog go?

Sadly dogs - except assistance dogs - are not permitted inside the castle.

What do I need to be aware of at Lindisfarne?

To make sure everyone has an enjoyable day please follow our Canine Code:

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup distrubing wildlife, including breeding shorebirds, by keeping them on a short lead at all times.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourtie places beautfiul
  • Paws for thought: Look out for information signs and take extra care on the shoreline
  • Be on the ball: Not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by

Facilities available for my dog

There are water bowls by the admissions point (and if you askly nicely, sometimes a doggy biscuit too). There are 2 bins on site, one just by the main exit/entrance gate and another by the admissions point. Our shop in the village has a great selection of snacks and doggy essentials too.

You can find more information about taking you dog for a walk on the Northumberland Coast in a leaflet produced in partnership with the Northumberland Coast AONB, Northumberland County Council, and The Kennel Club.

Taking your dog to the Northumberland Coast (PDF / 0.5MB) download