Unique and truly memorable - landing on Sark for the first time feels like taking a gentle step back in time.
An elevated plateau atop formidable cliffs, the island is home to around 600 people who live a relaxed pace of life.
Horse-drawn carriages transport visitors along the Island's small network charming roads, which are also enjoyed by cyclists and those on foot. There are a few steep hills but the going is relatively easy and the well-kept footpaths allow for easy exploring. What's more, after a morning exerting yourself, it's that much easier to justify a delicious lobster lunch, or perhaps a Sark cream tea.
The island is home to one of the most spectacular sights in the Channel Islands; La Coupée, a narros isthmus that links Sark to Little Sark. In centuries past, children would cross it on hands and knees to avoid being blown off by the wind. Thankfully, it's not quite the heart-stopping experience is once was since safety railings were erected in 1900. Another link to the island's industrial hertiage are its now abandonded silver mines. Discovered in 1833, they resulted in a boom population.
Add welcoming hotels, restaurants and a range of accommodation to suit every need and budget, and you have all the ingredients for an experience that is genuinely unique and truly memorable.
Enya's latest album, Dark Sky Island
Irish singer Enya is releasing a new album on November 20th 2015 entitled Dark Sky Island. Enya has worked with long time collaborator and producer Nicky Ryan, with the lyrics written by Roma Ryan - continuing the narrative in which the Enya phenomenon is a three-person collaboration. Inspired by Roma's work on a series of poetry books themed around islands, and specifically the island of Sark's decision to be designated as a dark sky island, the album's title track, was the first song to be written for the collection. Visit Enya's website for more information on this release.
Great Things in Sark
A natural isthmus that joins the main island to Little Sark. One of the most spectacular sights in the Channel Islands.
Horse and Carriage Ride
Discover the car-free island by horse and carriage.
La Seigneurie Gardens
Beautiful landscaped and RHS recommended gardens adjacent to the official home of the Seigneur of Sark.
Sark's Dark Skies
Sark has been designated the world's first Dark Sky Island and is the perfect place for star-gazing.
Guided adventures around the stunning caves, cluffs and coves of Sark.
Sark's only postbox was painted gold to celebrate local resident Carl Hester's gold medal win as part of Great Britain's 2012 Olympics dressage team.
Getting to Sark
Sark is a 50 min boat trip from Guernsey – but feels a world away. Ferries are less frequent than neighbouring Herm so a little more pre-planning may be required. Sark Shipping operates the service with at least one sailing each morning and afternoon. Their office is a little further up the Quay than the Herm ticket office. Head up the Quay and you’ll pass the White Rock cafe (a local institution), it’s a couple of doors up.
Pre book or buy your tickets on the day. You can book online, but will still need to collect your tickets from the office, so leave plenty of time.
Return fares: Adults: £28.50, Children: £13.20, Infants go free, Students, £24.50. Why not take your dog? A return fare for your hound is £10. Discounts apply to early birds, half day trips and winter sailings, see the website for details.
When you arrive in Sark you can either walk up to the village, or take the ‘toast rack’ – a tractor pulled bus, which is £1.10 for adults and 55p for children. No tickets are issued, you simply hop on and pay.
There are no cars on Sark and cycling is the best way to get around, you can hire bikes on The Avenue, so wear proper shoes. Horse and carriage rides are also available at the top of the hill and a offer a more leisurely way of seeing the island.
There are plenty of informal places to dine on the island, as well as a number of hotel restaurants offering fine dining, which can be pre-booked.