Herm Island, Guernsey
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 email@example.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
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