Herm


A tiny island straight out of an Enid Blyton book, with masses of wild flowers and the famous White Shell Beach, Herm is just a 20-minute boat ride from Guernsey.

At just 1.5 miles long you can walk around the whole, beautiful perimeter – visiting all Herm’s tranquil, picturesque beaches – in around two hours. Between May and July, watch out for nesting Puffins on an island which has regularly won a Britain in Bloom Gold award.

Like Sark, Herm is a car-free island, so children can roam freely and safely. The beaches are idyllic, with white sand and turquoise waters. Why not hire a kayak, or take part in a guided kayaking tour, or try your hand at fishing? Tours run throughout the season, offering a Guided Garden tour and an Annette Henry Island tour – finding out all about the islands legends and ghostly sightings.

There is also the wonderful, voluntary Herm fire service which operates a tractor-hauled fire tender – you’ve never seen a fire station quite like this! Various events throughout the year, including a real ale and cider festival, Herm fun run, yoga retreats and wine tasting weekends.

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Location

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How to get there

The only way to get to Herm is via Guernsey.

By Plane – The island of Guernsey can be reached with direct flights from most major regional airports flying with the following airlines Aurigny, Easyjet and FlyBe. Flight time is as little as 45 minutes.

By Ferry – Condor Ferries operate a daily service throughout the year from Poole and Portsmouth to Guernsey. The fast ferry service from Poole takes approximately three hours whereas the conventional ferry from Portsmouth can take up to twelve hours. You can travel as foot passengers or take your vehicle on-board. You can even take your dog with you – they travel free in your vehicle or you will pay a small supplement as foot passengers.
For ease of travel, there really is no better way to get there. No luggage restrictions, easy check in and you sit back, relax and start your holiday as soon as you board. Seat upgrades are available.

Connecting to Herm – From Guernsey, Herm is just a 20 minute ferry crossing away. The Travel Trident Ferry operates daily with up to eight crossings a day in the mid and peak season months April, May, June, July, August and September and October.

In January and February there is a limited daily service, (except on a Sunday in January) departing early morning and returning late afternoon and an extra sailing is offered at midday on a Wednesday. In November, December and March there is no set timetable but services increase during winter promotions and the Christmas period. Please note that it is not possible to prebook the Travel Trident Ferry, clients will need to book and pay for tickets locally.

Top tips

  • Why not take the dinner boat on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday to enjoy the island away from the crowds – make your dinner reservation direct with the White House Hotel or Mermaid Tavern and they will arrange the ferry for you.
  • The cottage rooms at the White House Hotel are a great option for budget conscious travelers year round. Make sure you book early to secure a room with sea view and balcony and take advantage of the almost un-interrupted sea views.

When To Go


Summer (June-August) – the island boasts some of the UK’s warmest weather and temperatures can reach a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius. This period is peak season and although the weather is favourable, costs and availability can be an issue.

Autumn (September-November) – September to mid-October can still attract some decent weather and it means you can enjoy the island when the tourists have all gone home. The sea temperatures tend to be at their warmest in September.

Winter (December-February) – Low Season. A season with unpredictable weather and very few tourists. Some properties, attractions and shops close during this period. That being said winter on Sark can still be enjoyable, with dramatic coastlines and cosy atmospheric pubs whilst taking advantage of the much lower prices at this time of year. However please bear in mind that travel to Herm at this time of the year can often be disrupted due to weather. This is also the best time for deserted beaches, coastal foraging, stormy photography and wild walks without another soul in sight.

Spring (March-May) – A lovely time to visit the island with spring flowers in bloom everywhere and the summer hoards of visitors have not yet arrived. Temperatures are starting to get balmy and a great time for walking the miles of nature trails on offer.

Properties


The White House Hotel

The White House Hotel

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HERM – The White House Hotel is set in beautiful gardens and is the only hotel on the island of Herm and is a place of old-fashioned elegance.