The islands of Guernsey Herm Sark Alderney
If you think that island hopping is the preserve of Greece or the Caribbean, think again!
The Channel Islands of Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney are all distinctly different and so easily reached making the Islands of Guernsey the islands of choice for a short break or longer stay.
Guernsey, the largest of the four islands (24 square miles) has amazing festivals with a tendency towards food and flowers and is acquiring something of a new image as a contemporary “lifestyle” led holiday destination. Guernsey’s relationship with the sea is celebrated on an annual basis through an excellent programme of nautical events.
A heady mix of stunning scenery and the best of contemporary living, Guernsey is the perfect destination. Inspiring walks along the cliff paths, rambles through the rural interior or lazy days on the island’s beautiful beaches, Guernsey has it all.
St Peter Port, the island’s capital, is a bustling harbour town, a tapestry of architectural styles that tell the story of the region’s changing fortunes. Here bistros, restaurants and boutiques jostle for your attention, while in the harbour ferries are readied to take you to the sister islands.
Ask anyone who’s been here. Guernsey is a special place, a thriving community that welcomes its visitors with open arms and leaves a lasting impression on all who set foot on her soil.
From walking, cycling to exploring the island's fascinating heritage and beauty there is something for everybody
Sandy beaches and cream teas now sit comfortably side by side with contemporary bars and restaurants. Search for the soul of Victor Hugo here - and yours!
Herm is something of a chocolate box beauty. A quaint pastel painted village over looks a picturesque harbour. With stretches of golden sandy beaches, Herm is just a mile and a half long by a mile wide and a brief twenty-minute ferry ride from Guernsey.
Here you're on foot and away from the world. Take a picnic to beautiful Shell Beach or wind down with a barbeque at the Mermaid Tavern and thank the Gulf stream for making this very place possible.
Sark is the last remaining independent feudal state in Europe and car free (as is Herm). There are great cliff top walks, deep romantic valleys and some memorable deep dark nights when the lights go out. Comprising two Islands, Big Sark and Little Sark are joined by La Coupee, a 150 yard isthmus.
Amongst its treasures you will discover a vibrant community, lush gardens, hidden valleys and secluded bays – the ul t imate getaway. Walk, cycle or take a horse drawn carriage to your dreams.
On Alderney, outdoors is a way of life.
Alderney is full of bygone charm with welcoming pubs and restaurants and the perfect beaches for both relaxation and water activities. Feel the history here in a network of historic fortifications and explore the rise and fall of the land, not to mention causeways and the famous blonde hedgehog that made the journey from the UK in a Harrods carrier bag.
The islands of Guernsey boast a huge range of places to stay to suit every taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for four-star luxury or friendly guest accommodation log on to www.visitguernsey.com to view all hotels, guest accommodation, self catering and camping establishments.
Flights & Ferries
Guernsey is the main port of entry for the islands and is well-served by flights and ferries from the UK and Europe. Visit www.visitguernsey.com and use their search facility to find your nearest departure point along with up-to-date information about relevant airlines and ferry operators.
Images courtesy of VisitGuernsey