Island-hopping: Guernsey and her sister islands
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a collection of unique little islands, all bursting with character and perfect for the traveller looking for new experiences. Hopping between the islands is easy: Sark is only 50 minutes away via ferry, Herm 20 minutes and Alderney one hour 25 minutes (or a short flight). Lihou Island is just a walk away, accessible from Guernsey via a causeway at low tide. Enjoy utter peace and quiet on Herm and Sark, both of which have no cars. A visit is a magical step back in time. Herm has pristine, world-class beaches. Shell Beach, with its clear waters and sand made of tiny fragments of shells, and further around the coast to Belvoir Bay, a pretty, sheltered cove, are both paradisiacal. Sark has a beautiful rugged coastline, beautifully demonstrated via La Coupée (pictured), a narrow isthmus that links Sark with ‘Little Sark’. Visitors must enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage ride and a delicious Sark cream tea or lobster lunch before heading back. In Alderney, experience the rich and varied wildlife, heritage and over 50 miles of walks along magnificent cliffs and golden bays, past Victorian fortresses and WWII batteries. The capital, St. Anne, is home to a community of colour-washed houses on cobbled streets, and a magnificent church known as the ‘cathedral of the Channel Islands’. Likewise, Lihou is another wildlife wonderland, home to more than 200 species of seaweed and 150 species of bird. Be sure to visit the ruined priory, built by Benedictine monks as early as 1114. A dip in the Venus Pool – a natural rock pool deep enough to jump in – is wonderfully invigorating.