What better way to while away a few summer hours than by relaxing on pristine beaches, revelling in the all-pervading silence that's broken only by the occasional laughter, quiet conversation and whatever Mother Nature chooses to contribute. And to finish it off, a drink and perhaps a bite to eat in the island's traditional pub - one of a cluster of picturesque buildings near the habour that also includes shops, a hotel and restaurant.
Herm's scenic coastal paths can be walked in their entirety within a leisurely couple of hours. The gently undulating route takes you across a common to the stunning Shell Beach, with its clear waters and sand that is made of millions of tiny shell fragments, which give the beach its name. A little further around the coast is the pretty, sheltered cove Belvoir Bay. Herm is perfect for children, too. They will love its sandy paths that wind their way from one adventure to the next and its low-tide rock pools that teem with life.
Visiting Herm in a day is easy, but to really appreciate the escape the island offers, an overnight stay is a must. There's a range of accommodation available, from well-served campsites to self-catering cottages and a comfortable hotel.
Great things in Herm
A stretch of brilliant white sand that could have been transplanted from the Caribbean
Gateway to Shell Beach, the vast Common is also home to a number of heritage sites.
Explore the Popular gift shops and tavern that are a short walk from the harbour.
Dinner on Herm
Take the ferry to Herm and have dinner at either The Ship Brasserie, Conservatory Restaurant at The White House hotel or Mermaid Tavern - a great way to spend an evening.
Getting to Herm
Travelling to Herm couldn’t be easier. Simply hop on a Travel Trident ferry which runs hourly throughout the summer season and 20 mins later you’ll be on a paradise island.
The kiosk is just a five min walk from the Guernsey Information Centre. Buy your tickets at least 30 mins before you want to leave. Once you have your ticket, it’s a short stroll down the quay to where the boat departs. They are busy chaps, and leave promptly, so be sure to get there at least five mins before departure!
Boats operate all year round - from May to Sept, boats leave Guernsey from 8.30am with the last boat returning at 5.35pm. Timetables vary out of peak season.
Return fares: Adults: £12.50, Children: £6.50, Infants: £1.50. Special fares apply to the 8.30am departure - Adults: £10, Children: £5, Infants: £1. Dinner boat fares: Adults: £10, Children: £6, Infants: £1. No pre-booking, just turn up on the day. Cash only. If you’re an early bird and you go on the 8.30am boat, head straight to the Inter Island Quay and head to the end where you’ll see a small office / waiting area (portacabin). You can get your tickets here.
Herm is a real sun trap so if you don’t want to get the ‘Herm burn’ take plenty of sunscreen, a hat, cover up and sunglasses on a sunny day. For cliff walkers, take sturdy walking boots, for beach goers, flip flops will do.
There are beach kiosks at Shell Beach and Belvoir Bay, a pub / cafe / brasserie with sunny courtyard, and two restaurants. The restaurants can be pre-booked.
The Herm team are friendly and very helpful, so if you, or someone you are travelling with, has limited mobility, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you get there.
Herm, Jethou and The Humps have become a RAMSAR site!
Great news - Guernsey's Environment Department is pleased to announce that Herm, Jethou and The Humps (the collection of sandbanks to the north-east of Herm) have been formally designated as a Ramsar site under The Convention on Wetlands. The announcement coincides with the run up to World Wetlands Day (2nd February) which is marked each year to promote the importance of wetlands not only for wildlife but for local economies as well. Read more about this fantastic news on our special blog here.