Easily accessible by ferry from Guernsey, the isle of Sark offers the perfect day trip for those staying with us at The Duke of Richmond Hotel or The Old Government House Hotel and Spa. With a wealth of natural beauty, adrenaline-fueled activities, and delicious food (you’ve got to try the startlingly fresh seafood – the lobster in particular) available across Sark, there are plenty of reasons to visit, not to mention its annual sheep-racing weekend. Intrigued?
Exploring by land
From the charming villages and pretty beaches to the rugged cliffs and coastline, Sark is a beautiful island. It’s also fairly small so you can easily explore and experience much of its best bits on a day trip. It’s totally car-free so the main ways to get around the island are by foot, bike, or horse-drawn carriage. But who doesn’t love a good horse-drawn carriage? Whether you want to strike out on your own, or join one of the island’s guided nature walks, there’s plenty to see just by following your feet.
Exploring by water
Take a boat ride around the island to enjoy some on-the-water sightseeing or hop in a kayak and explore the coastline up close. Adventure Sark offers great trips and provides all the kit you’ll need (meaning that you don’t have to lug a wetsuit with you on the ferry….). The coasteering adventure is one of their more popular activities, taking you to amazing caverns and gullies that are only accessible by sea level traversing.
Angling on Sark
The list of fish you can catch on your trip to the isle of Sark is long: you can find anything from Sole and Plaice, to Pollack and Black Bream. Rent tackle from a shop in the village and then pick your spot. Locals will happily point you in the right direction, but keep in mind that the harbours are probably the easiest places to get to (and offer a wide variety of fish); some of the other spots may require a little climb or a scenic walk.
La Seigneurie Gardens
With its hedge maze, abundance of flowers, and historic buildings, La Seigneurie Gardens is a must-visit on your trip to Sark. You can take part in a guided tour to learn more about the gardens themselves, or just wander through the formal walled garden, sit by the ponds or stroll through the sensory garden. The gardens’ café and restaurant, Hathaway’s, is a sure fire hit for cream teas in the afternoon and elegant dinners in the evening.
Thanks to the lack of cars and public streetlights on the island, Sark has been granted “dark sky” status. In fact, it was the world’s first “dark sky island”, and, as such, is the perfect place for some stargazing. A few times a year the ferry back to Guernsey has late departures (usually coinciding with the famed Sheep Racing weekend), so whether you’re a keen astronomer, a romantic stargazer, or you just like looking up at the night sky, you can stay a little later to enjoy the breathtaking celestial views. Otherwise, just kick back, relax, and enjoy the night sky on your gentle ferry ride back to Guernsey.
Events on Sark
The annual summertime Sark Folk Festival is always a great draw to the island, with thousands of people enjoying the music and performances over the weekend. The aforementioned Sheep Racing Weekend is also a huge crowd pleaser, with events, activities and, of course, the sheep racing, bringing locals and visitors to the isle of Sark for a fun, family-friendly day out. But no matter what time of year you go, there’s plenty to see and do. The Sark Tourism Board keeps a great calendar of upcoming events, featuring everything from scarecrow competitions and whiskey tastings to guided walks and concerts.
For more information on Sark, visit www.sark.co.uk.
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