Herm is part of the Channel Islands archipelago and is the smallest island which is open to the public. Herm is located just 3 miles from the coast of Guernsey and the only way to arrive in the island is by boat. There is a passenger ferry the travel trident or you can take a private boat. The Travel Trident sails daily from the St Peter Port Harbour and takes just twenty minutes. (see below for times and ticket prices) As soon as you step off the ferry it feels like you’ve been transported to a different era- mainly because cars and bicycles are not allowed on the island, although there is a tractor luggage service for those staying the night. It is tranquil and unspoiled, with only 65 residents, increasing though by the thousands during the summer season with tourists.
Also adding to Herm’s charm is that the Island itself is only half a mile wide by a mile and a half long. Making it a perfect day in paradise, the walk around the entire island will only take 2 hours- although it will take longer as you will no doubt stop for photographs, marvel at the views of the neighbouring islands, and take the opportunity to head to one of the many beaches for a dip in the Caribbean like waters.
It is all about beaches and views
Docking in Herm there is two drop off places, depending on the tides. Either way head clockwise round the island to follow this route, although the island is very well signposted, and you can hardly get lost (unless you want to!)
You’ll first see The White House which you can have lunch in or if staying the night, this is one of your few choices, nearby is a well-stocked gift shop, selling everything from beach toys, games, clothing and even pink dolphins (personal joke), here you can also buy postcards and stamps to post to loved ones (or even yourself for when you return from paradise).
Next you will see the Mermaid Tavern where you can relax in the beer garden/ court yard and sample the local beer, also you could pop back here later for lunch in the sun.
Walking on from the Mermaid Tavern you will see your first of many beaches Bear Beach, this one is normally overlooked by tourists who are keen to wander around the island, but this is the beach which looks across to Guernsey and you can watch the boats sail past.
Take a leisurely walk around the island following the coastal paths and sand dunes
Keep walking until you reach the famous Shell Beach - which is consistently named the in the top beaches of the world! You will see why, as it is stunning with its turquoise waters. This stretch of golden sand stretches almost three-quarters of a mile and is aptly named, as if you look closely, you will see millions of tiny shells which have been washed up by the Gulf Stream. At Shell Beach there is a well-stocked café and store supplying ice creams and beach essentials, as well as kayaks to hire
Carry on walking around the path which is now high cliffs which are covered in flower-lined paths, this will take you to Belvoir Bay, which has more turquoise waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling and soft golden sand. This beach is a real suntrap even if it is a windy day, here there is another beach café.
Come in land now and visit Manor Village, where the holiday cottages are located. Visit inside St. Tugual’s Chapel which dates back to the 11th century, although we know Missionary Monks visited in the sixth century. Also look out for the worlds smallest prison- it holds one person!
To the other side of the island you will find the other accommodation option- the campsite. Here you can stay in a well-equipped family size tent or choose to pitch your own tent.
Although we mentioned Herm is small in size, there has been a lot to this island, which has a rich history and varied history- it has been home to Neolithic man, Monks, farmers, Nazi soldiers, writers…
Living in Guernsey, we haven’t stayed overnight (Shannon has as a kid on a school trip) but you can really pack all of this into one day- and if you can’t- then just come back again!!
On your return journey look back at this gorgeous little island paradise and also be sure to look into the water to try spot seals and dolphins!
Need to know:
Getting to Herm- The boat company Travel Trident ticket office can be found at the entrance to the port just by the large roundabout (Weighbridge) More information can be found on their website www.traveltrident.com
Prices- Adults £13.50, children £7.00 and infants £1.50. There are reduced fares available for those that catch the first boat of the day and return on the same day
Sailing times- Vary throughout the year depending on peak times, daylight and tides. The boat to Herm runs up to 6 times per day during the April-October season. Check where the return journey is from, as it picks up at a different spot at low tide. Sailing times
When to go- Summer is always best but as the channel islands experience a warmer climate that that of the rest of the UK then anytime of year should be good, we like spring or autumn as it is quieter. Come in June or September for the ‘Ale and Cider Festival’
What to try- Herm Ice Cream & Herm Gold- beer
Us young things back in 2010-