Herm Island, Guernsey

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Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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High Point: 65 metres
Population: 60
Size: 199 ha
Wild Factor: 6 out of 10

Overview of Herm: The smallest of the publicly accessible Channel Islands, only 5 kilometres east of Guernsey, is a popular destination with six astounding beaches and with no cars, radios, clocks or TV’s permitted on the island it is a perfect place to relax. Its history stretches back to monks, smugglers, quarrymen, Prussian Princesses and occupying Germans, all who have left their mark. With fabulous dunes, white sand beaches, a large flower-filled common, Neolithic tombs, wild cliff paths and winding inland lanes there is plenty to explore. Owned by the States of Guernsey its current tenants aim to retain the identity of the island whilst keeping it open for the enjoyment of all.

Type of island: inhabited

Location: Bailiwick of Guernsey, Channel Islands

Herm’s highpoint 65 metres (WV 400 796)

How to get to Herm: A frequent, seasonal boat service, Travel Trident,  leaves from near the Weighbridge Clock Tower, St Peter Port for the 20 minute trip to Herm.

Getting around Herm: with no cars on Herm the only way to get around is walking

Best time to go to Herm: the best months for good weather in Jersey are June, July, August, September and October with the warmest months being July, August and September. The coldest months are January and February and the rainiest are January, October, November and December. The best months for swimming are August and September

Dog friendly: Herm is a dog friendly destination. No doggy passport required and plenty of dog-friendly accommodation although they are not permitted on the beaches beaches between 1 May and 30 September at any time, including Shell Beach, Belvoir Bay, Fisherman’s Beach and the stretch of beach in front of the White House Hotel to the Harbour jetty.

Food and drink on Herm: there are a number of eating and drinking options on Herm including the more upmarket White House Hotel. Food is also available at The Ship Inn, The Mermaid Tavern, and a couple of Beach Cafés.

Accommodation on Herm: Herm Island has a range of self-catering accommodation. Herm Island Campsite offers fully equipped camping or you can take your own tent and a range of holiday cottages is also available. The beautifully located Whitehouse Hotel is the only hotel on the island.

Contacts:  Visit Herm, tel. 01481 750000 or email reservations@herm.com

Photo copyright Colin Smith

  • Look out for:
    • Swimming from Shell Beach
    • Idyllic lanes leading to Manor Village
    • Camping under the stars
    • Walk the coast path

Spot puffins on Herm

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Swimming on Herm

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Manor Village & St Tugual Chapel

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Walk Herm's coastal path

Walk the beautiful Herm coastline

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Herm Camping

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Herm Island, Guernsey

About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
Learn More

Join our Islandeering community

We have a lot of fun here, as we continuously find new islands and meet plenty of great folks along the way. Join our community to get new routes and adventures, latest blogs and news by using the email box below. Tune in also to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see where we are going next.
Distance: 6.4 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Channel Islands
  • Size: 200 hectares
  • Terrain: Easy terrain coastal path
  • Access: Trident ferry from Guernsey
  • Height gain: 147 metres
  • Map: Bailiwick of Guernsey: States of Guernsey Official Map Starting point Herm quay near Ship Hotel
  • Accommodation/food:

    Mermaid Tavern, Ship Inn and White House Hotel; and the Seagull campsite

  • Island Summary:

    Herm has it all really. It’s easy to get to, has a couple of astoundingly beautiful beaches and is surrounded by crystal clear waters that almost disappear at low tide to reveal the vast expanse of rocky reefs that protect it. This comes packaged with all of the creature comforts you are likely to need with a pub, two cafes and a hotel and a restaurant or two. Not bad for only being one and a half miles long and half a mile wide.

  • Look out for:
    • Swimming opportunities at Shell Beach and Belvoir Beach
  • Route description:

    This civilised two-hour round island route is like a walk in the park (with a bit of hill climbing). It’s easy and enjoyable with plenty of café stops on the way yet the diversity of this small island will surprise you at every turn. The rugged south-coast cliffs give way to the fabulous sandy beaches and dunes of the east. The west coast reveals the best of the colour and bustle of St Peter Port over the water. And then to finish? An indulgent stop off in the friendly Mermaid Tavern for a swift one or two.

  • Getting there:

    The scheduled Trident ferry service from St Peter Port, Guernsey.

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