Saye Bay, Alderney

Pronounced “Soy Bay”, this beach is arguably one of Alderney’s most beautiful, and it is truly a hidden gem.

Many visitors to Alderney will be familiar with the popular Braye Beach (and for good reason), but the charmingly curved Saye Bay is well worth a visit. Popular with locals, this beautiful cove is a combination of silky soft sand and pebbles and is perfect for walking, swimming or simply relaxing to the sounds of the waves.

Even in high season, you can find yourself alone on this stretch of coastline. The bay is protected by rocks and overlooked by historical forts, sand dunes and, when the tide is right, rock pools appear at either ends of the beach. Catch sight of one of the resident grey seals or look for oysters whilst paddling in the unbelievably clear and blue waters.

Families travelling with children will appreciate the calm and often flat waters, but please note there are no facilities for public use on the beach and dogs are not allowed. Arch Bay and Corbletts Beach are also just a stone’s throw away from Saye, as are the fascinating German World War Two bunkers, which give the area an unusual feel.