Alderney


The most northerly and third largest Channel Island, Alderney boasts over 50 miles of cliff walks, fortresses, World War II batteries, and a nine hole golf course.

Just 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide, the island offers a relaxing retreat and we are often asked for Alderney to be twinned with Guernsey. Direct flights from Southampton and Guernsey mean you can continue your holiday without going back on yourself.

This quirky island — only ten miles off the French coast — is home to the rare blonde hedgehog, which can sometimes be seen scavenging for food in the capital of St Anne’s. Wildlife watchers will be treated to dozens of fascinating birds and animals, many unseen on mainland Britain.

Alderney is an island of contrasts. Beautiful sandy beaches and grassy dunes are found on the north and east coasts, while St Anne’s has picturesque cobbled streets, and a choice of bars, restaurants, and eclectic shops.

A great time to visit is early August, where the annual Alderney Week festival (the largest of its kind throughout the Channel Islands) is perennially popular with locals and tourists alike.

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Location

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How to get there

The simplest way to get to Alderney is by air.

By Plane – The island of Alderney can be reached with direct flights from either Southampton or Guernsey flying with the following with Aurigny. The flight time is 45 minutes from Southampton and just 20 minutes from Guernsey. You can connect through either of these airports from most regional airports across the UK with Flybe, Blue Islands and Aurigny.

By Ferry – The Little Ferry Company operates direct sailings between Alderney and Guernsey seven days a week. There are two crossings to choose from, one early in the morning and one late afternoon/early evening and each takes just one hour.

Top tips

  • Most people who visit Guernsey visit the islands of Sark and Herm for a day. However it is just as easy to make a day trip to Alderney too. Aurigny operate an early morning flight out and an early evening flight back from Guernsey, with just a 20 minute flight time. Alternatively there is also a daily ferry crossing which takes approximately an hour. We can pre-book this for you and recommend activities and places to eat for a short visit.
  • Should the weather not be the greatest during your stay the Braye Beach Hotel has an indoor private cinema – if you are the only visitors you get to choose the film!
  • Alderney boasts a nine hole golf course so don’t forget to bring your clubs – but please let us know so we can advise your airline/ferry company (additional charge may apply for golf club carriage)

When To Go


Summer (June-August) – The climate here is very similar to that of Northern France and can reach maximum highs of 25 degrees celsius, this is the season for swimming in the sea. However, due to its more isolated geographical position Alderney can experience more wind resulting in slightly cooler air temperatures than the other Channel Islands.

Autumn (September – November) – Autumn has become the season of festivals in Alderney, from Angling Festivals to Food and Drink festivals these months can be a fantastic time to visit. Autumn does experience the most rainfall and the average temperature drops to about 14 degrees celsius in October.

Winter (December – February) – Winter is low season in Alderney and the weather at this time of year can be wet and wild. This can make for fantastic storm watching, and you will find the island much quieter.

Spring (March – May) – Spring sees some of the lowest rainfall and with the island warming up towards the summer this is the perfect time for nature lovers and walkers to visit without the heat and larger numbers of tourists.

Properties


Braye Beach Hotel

Braye Beach Hotel

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ALDERNEY – Braye Beach Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel on the edge of Alderney’s best sandy beach and close to the town of St Anne.