Island Hopping

Guernsey is the perfect launch pad to explore neighbouring Bailiwick islands and beyond.

Whether you are looking for a stroll along a deserted beach or a quiet nook to cosy up and read your book in, an action filled day, a bit of shopping or a chance to explore a castle, Bailiwick island hopping holidays are what you are looking for.

Herm and Sark offer a traffic-free paradise for those who long for the quiet life. Alderney will welcome you with open arms and Jersey is perfect if you fancy a more cosmopolitan day out. Further afield, France offers a whole host of opportunities. Explore ancient picturesque towns or just sit and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

Herm

With its breath-taking stretches of white sandy beaches and stunning award-winning gardens it's easy to see why so many fall in love with Herm at first sight. Just a 20 minute boat trip from Guernsey's capital St Peter Port and you are transported to a car-free paradise.

This haven from the modern world is just the ticket for those that are feeling frazzled and work-weary. Best-known are Shell Beach and Belvoir Bay. At just one-and-a half miles long by half a mile wide, you'll have the chance to explore the rugged south coast and still have time for a snack from one of the beach kiosks or lunch in one of the three restaurants on the island.

When TV chef and personality James Strawbridge and his family travelled to Guernsey last year, they set up camp on this small island. Accompanied by perfect weather, he lit up the barbeque and got cooking, treating his family to a seafood extravaganza.  Read more about James' love of the Bailiwick on our Dining page.

Travel to Herm with Travel Trident on spacious catamarans or for something different, why not charter the Bumblebee?  Find out more about Herm Island here.

Sark

For a truly unique day out head to our sister island of Sark.

Traffic-free, with stunning coastal views and a picturesque rural interior, the island is easily reached by ferry from Guernsey in about 50 minutes.  Rattle up harbour hill in the legendary 'toast rack', a makeshift tractor-pulled minibus - an unforgettable experience for every visitor. With no cars, the 600 residents get about by bicycle or horse and carriage, resulting in a dramatically different pace of life.

A holiday on Sark really is like stepping back in time. But, while it has retained a more sedate lifestyle, many of the island's hotels have introduced a more modern, luxurious feel.

Sark is split into two islands - the main island, which is just over two square miles, and Little Sark to the south, which is accessed by Le Coupee - this narrow causeway is 300 ft long and has a drop of 330 ft each side.

Sark is best experienced either on foot or by bicycle, which are available for rent on the island. Alternatively, take a horse-drawn carriage and let a local guide show you the highlights and hidden gems, including La Seigneurie historic feudal home and gardens, the Venus Pool and Adonis Pool, both natural swimming pools whose waters are refreshed at high tide.

With no paved roads and no need for public street lights, Sark offers a stunning night sky that is unrivalled in the British Isles. In January 2011, Sark was designated the first Dark Sky Island Community in the world. This recognises that Sark is sufficiently clear of light pollution to allow naked-eye astronomy. If you do choose to stay in one of the many hotels, guest houses, self-catering cottages and campsites there is just one essential piece of advice to remember; don’t forget your torch!

You can travel to Sark with the Sark Shipping Company. Alternatively there are a number of boat charter services that can carry up to 12 people.  Find out more about Sark here.

Alderney

Alderney is the most northerly of the Bailiwick’s islands and a paradise for nature lovers, with a combination of beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife. Holidays in this small and friendly place allow you to discover an island steeped in ancient and varied history, with a huge variety of flora and fauna, beautiful beaches, and an enviable lifestyle.

The small island has a permanent community of around 2,000 and enjoys its own distinct identity. At the airport you will find a box of half-finished knitting in case you are ever delayed by bad weather. Homesick Londoners will feel right at home here as the island is home to a retired Tube carriage. The train line was created to help the construction of the Victorian breakwater at Braye Harbour. Today the Channel Islands’ only steam train pulls the old tube carriage to Mannez Lighthouse and back.

The cobbled high street of St Anne has quirky gift and antique shops as well as a post office, bank, hotels and restaurants.

One of the main events of the summer is Alderney Week. Celebrated in the first week of August, organisers pick a different theme each year and the week includes quarry parties, street markets, a cavalcade, raft races and man-powered flight competition and a torchlight procession

Travelling to Alderney is part of the fun. You can travel on Aurigny's iconic Trislander aircraft or you can take the Bumblebee high speed catamaran.  Find out more about Alderney here.

Jersey

Marina and view to St Aubins, Jersey

The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is 46 square miles and divided into 12 parishes which all border the sea. With a population just short of 100,000, the island has a more cosmopolitan feel than Guernsey.

Jersey beaches are on a different scale to those in Guernsey and those such as St Aubin's Bay, Grouville, Greve de Lecq, St Brelade's and St Ouen's - also known as five mile beach - have huge expanses of uninterrupted, white sand.

The capital St Helier is a haven for shopaholics. Alongside well-known brands, there are plenty of independent boutiques and quirky gift shops to explore. There is still a historic market in the town, which retains its French roots in its café culture that spills out onto the pedestrian streets.

For a real slice of community life, visit the island in August for the main event of the summer; the Jersey Battle of Flowers remains a family favourite and has been held annually since 1902.

As with all of the Channel Islands, Jersey was occupied by Germany during WWII. During that time the Germans constructed many fortifications using Soviet slave labour. The Jersey War Tunnels offer a fascinating museum dedicated to the occupation years.

More recently, naturalist and author, Gerald Durrell, founded Jersey Zoo, now The Durrell Wildlife Park, in 1959. With approximately 170,000 visitors each year it is one of Jersey's best-loved attractions and now also houses the Conservation Trust.

You can travel to Jersey with Aurigny and Blue Islands by air or by sea with Condor Ferries or Manche Iles Express (during the summer months only)

For further details, please visit Jersey's website

France

France is within easy reach of Guernsey and makes for a great day trip or long weekend.

From the famous mediaeval Bayeux Tapestry to Mont St Michel, the Normandy Beaches, and the historic hillside town of Dinan, you don't have to travel far to get away from it all. Guernsey to France day trips are available by both air and sea. St Malo is just two hours away by ferry or 25 minutes by air to Dinard airport.

A passenger-only ferry also runs between Guernsey and the Normandy Coast with Manche Iles Express. The only thing you need to remember is your passport.

St Malo

The walled city of St Malo traces its modern roots to a monastic settlement founded in the 6th century. The city's history is steeped in legends about pirates and privateering - to find out more visit the Privateer's House, a ship-owner's town house built in 1725 which showcases objects from history.

As well as the many shops and cafes to explore, there are plenty of sites of interest charting the city's colourful past including the St Malo Cathedral and city chateau, the aquarium and the Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan, a 14th century building that holds a collection tracing the history of voyages around Cape Horn.

St Malo

Dinan

Nearby Dinan is one of the prettiest French towns, with its picture-postcard steep cobbled streets and original Tudor timber buildings.

Cafes and restaurants line the river and the medieval walled town on the hilltop has many fine old buildings, some of which date back to the 13th century. The town retains a large section of the city walls, part of which can be walked round.

The historical centre of Dinan, based around Place des Merciers and Place Saint Sauveur, is perfect for a wander or to simply take in the atmosphere. Major historical attractions include the Jacobins Theatre, dating from 1224, the Romanesque St Saviour's Basilica, Duchess Anne's Tower and the Chateau de Dinan.

Dinard

With beaches, great restaurants and hotels, a casino and one of the finest spas in Europe, it is easy to see why Dinard has a reputation for being the 'Cannes of the North'.

Dinard was first settled by Saint-Malo's shipping merchants and, in the late 19th century, American and British aristocrats made the town popular as a fashionable summer resort.
Stunning villas on the cliff tops and exclusive hotels on the seafront were built such as the, still popular, 'Le Grand Hotel'. Sadly, very few survive today but the town has retained its French charm and has 407 listed villas.

In the summer, the population swells to over 40,000 with the influx of holiday makers. The nearby towns of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer and Saint-Lunaire have reasonably-sized golf courses and the beach of Longchamp is renowned as a surf spot.

You can travel to France direct from Guernsey with Aurigny (Dinard), Condor Ferries (St Malo) and Manche Iles Express (Normandy)

 

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