Day Trip to Herm

Why not take a day trip to Herm island, just a 25 minute ferry ride away from St Peter Port?

You will find yourself in paradise, with no cars, no crowds, and certainly no stress.

At just 1.5 miles long and under 0.5 miles wide, the coastal walk can easily be done at a steady pace, stopping off at one of the numerous white sandy bays and the odd cafe here and there. Set in the gulf stream, the temperature can often be a couple of degrees warmer than its fellow islands.

The beaches truly provide a Caribbean feeling, the most well-known being Shell Bay, made up of  broken shells washed ashore. Kayaking and paddle boarding are also available on the island.

The island is steeped in history, with Neolithic settlements, and even a prehistoric beach discovered on a recent excavation. This is where smugglers landed with their wares hundreds of years ago.

The Mermaid Tavern is the island’s pub with a huge outdoor courtyard; it’s a great place for a leisurely lunch. The Ship Inn brasserie next door is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the food coming from The White House kitchens. Lastly, the Conservatory Restaurant in the hotel has been awarded two  AA rosettes and is a refined venue for lunch—pre-booking in the summer months is recommended.

The ferry is operated by Travel Trident; their ticket office is down by the quay. The guide price is £13.50 per person return.