With no cars and seldom any crowds, the island of Herm is the perfect retreat for a day out – and, as an added bonus, it’s just a twenty-minute boat hop away for those staying with us in Guernsey at one of our luxury hotels The Duke of Richmond Hotel or The Old Government House Hotel and Spa. Whether you’re travelling solo, with a friend, or keeping an eye on the little ones, this island offers plenty to do, from historical sites to explore and wildlife to spot, not to mention picture-perfect beaches to lounge on. Not bad for an island that’s only a mile and a half long!
The minute you step off the Trident Charter Company ferry you can start to explore the island – just take the path west and enjoy a leisurely two-hour walk that takes in the length of the island’s coastline. But if a two-hour walk is too much, don’t fear – in twenty minutes you’ll hit Shell Beach. With turquoise waves and pure white sand, this is a great place to slap on your sunscreen, hire a deckchair, and take it easy for a while.
When you fancy a change of scenery, follow the cliff path for ten minutes and you’ll hit Belvoir Bay. This small, secluded cove is protected from the wind by the cliffs so it’s an ideal spot to lap up some Herm ice cream from the beach café nearby.
Out on the Water
For a touch more activity on your day trip to the island of Herm, take to the seas in a rented kayak and explore around the coastline. Or if you’re lucky enough to visit in June, you can take the 90-minute Puffin Patrol to get out on the water and see the Puffins without disturbing them.
Keep a weather eye out when you’re near the coast because minke whales, porpoises, and dolphins have been known to visit Herm waters, and the island even has the occasional sighting of the largest known fish in European waters; the basking shark. There are also exhilarating RIB rides (based on the time of year and migration patterns) to take, which will give you the best experience of the wildlife just off the coast.
If you have time, pop in to see the striking stained glass windows in St Tugual’s Chapel, built by Norman monks in the 11th century, or have a wander around the even older 3rd century Neolithic tombs.
Time for Food
So you’re all done and ready to head back? Not so fast. The Mermaid Tavern is just a five-minute walk from the harbour and with its refreshing draught beers and delicious food (the outdoor barbeque is a must on a sunny day); it’s a great way to round off your trip to the island of Herm. Oh, and if you happen to be around in June or September, don’t miss the ale festivals hosted at the Tavern.
Once you’ve explored and experienced the island of Herm to your heart’s content, just hop on the ferry back to Guernsey and relax in the elegant surrounds of The Duke of Richmond Hotel or The Old Government House Hotel and Spa.
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