Getting away from it all is almost impossible in today’s busy world but just off the coast of Guernsey, Herm offers absolute escapism in stunning surroundings. This island gem is definitely worth putting on your ‘places to visit’ list.
Just three miles from the Guernsey coast, sister island Herm measures just a mile and a half long and half a mile wide. There are no cars, no crowds and no stress - just beautiful unspoilt beaches, sheltered coves and a
Many visitors come to Herm just for the day, taking the Herm ferry from St Peter Port, Guernsey, for the 20 minute trip across the Channel. For those who choose to stay, there’s island accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from tents and pitches at The Seagull Campsite – which looks out over Belvoir Bay - to comfortable cottages. Fisherman’s Cottage, one of the Islands’ most sought after rentals is just 100 metres from Fisherman’s Beach. There’s also the award-winning White House Hotel and with no televisions, clocks or telephones it’s a world away from everyday life.
With no cars or crowds to worry about children can wander freely on Herm, with traditional seaside pursuits of rock pooling, sandcastles and cliff top walks made all the more pleasurable as a result. On Herm it’s quite possible to enjoy a day on the beach and see no one else at all.
If you tire of your own company, Herm’s Mermaid Tavern is very much the social hub of the Island and offers a good choice of food as well as a small grocery shop, with meat and fish ordered in each day. Other shops can be found along the harbour, where the post office will frank letters with Herm’s own stamp.
For formal dining The White House hotel’s Conservatory Restaurant offers first class dining with the freshest fish and shellfish, and uninterrupted sea views across to Guernsey. The adjoining Ship Inn Brasserie is more informal and has a friendly bar.
If you want more action than just relaxing and sunbathing, there are plenty of options available.
Kayaking and Puffin Patrols
Outdoor Guernsey hire out kayaks, during the summer months, direct from Shell Beach or can provide guided exploration trips around the Island coastline. In certain tides it’s possible to circumnavigate the whole of the Island. Kayak hire starts from £10 a hour.
The company also offers guided puffin patrol trips by kayak - a fantastic way to witness these characterful creatures in an unobtrusive way. Available on certain dates from April to June, they last approximately 90 minutes and cost £35 an hour.
Tel 01481 267627 or visit www.outdoorguernsey.co.uk
Join local fisherman John Rothwell on a Herm fishing trip from the shoreline. Catch bass, bream, mullet and sole, with tackle, bait and hot drinks provided. Half day trips cost from £55 per person, with discounts for groups.
Tel: 07781 441012
Brush up on your sailing skills on a RYA course in Herm waters with John Frankland Yacht Charter which offers RYA practical courses from Start Yachting and Day Skipper to Yacht Master – all with RYA instructors. They cost from £45 an hour.
Tel: 01481 254854 or visit www.guernseypilotage.com
Take a day, a weekend or longer to cruise around the Channel Islands aboard an elegant Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40 which
can accommodate up to eight guests and is available for both skippered and bareboat charter. Prices start from £975 for a weekend break.
Tel: 01481 722424 or www.seascapeyachtcharter.com
Crash through the waves and experience the exhilaration of a rib tour. Discover the coastline with its native seabirds, such as puffins and gannets and the seal colony. Island Rib Voyages provide organised tours or private charters, and cater for all ages. It really is a ‘must do’ experience. Prices start from £18 per person.
Tel: 01481 713031 or visit www.islandribvoyages.com
If you are staying in Guernsey, Herm is a great day trip. Cambridge Steps are a short stroll away from the main ferry terminal where you can hop aboard the Trident ferry for the 20 minute ride.
For more information on Herm visit www.herm.com