A Scenic Escape: A Day Trip from Guernsey to Herm

It was back in June when I took a trip to Guernsey, my first time visiting the Channel Islands, and yes, it has taken me this long to mention it. One of the highlights of the trip for me was taking a boat trip over the Herm, so I wanted to tell you a bit about it as I’d definitely recommend it if you are planning a trip to Guernsey. We sent about three hours on Herm itself, which was plenty, but it could definitely be a whole day, especially if you wanted to have a go at kayaking or paddleboarding.

Getting There

The adventure begins at St. Peter Port, Guernsey’s charming capital. From here I caught a ferry that whisks you across the azure waters to Herm. The short journey, usually taking around 20 minutes, is a scenic delight itself, offering captivating views of the surrounding islands and the sparkling sea. As Herm comes into view, its rugged coastline and lush greenery beckon, promising a day of exploration and relaxation.

Top tip: Get there nice and early so that you can be at the front of the queue and get a seat on deck.

Herm guernsey ferry

Natural Wonders

Herm’s unspoiled beauty and diverse landscapes make it a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The island is free of cars and boasts an area of just 1.5 square miles, making it perfect for leisurely walks or cycling. One of the highlights is the Shell Beach, a stretch of shoreline covered in millions of tiny, colorful shells instead of sand. It’s a unique and captivating sight, perfect for collecting unique souvenirs or simply taking a leisurely stroll along the shore.

For those seeking more rugged terrain, the Herm Island Nature Trail offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the island’s flora and fauna. The trail winds through woodlands, heathlands, and coastal paths, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding sea and nearby islands. Nature enthusiasts will delight in the chance to spot a variety of bird species and discover the island’s abundant wildflowers.

Herm beaches

Historical Treasures

While Herm is known for its natural wonders, it also holds a rich historical past waiting to be uncovered. The island was inhabited during the Neolithic period, and evidence of its history can be seen in sites like the ancient Herm Harbour. This well-preserved historical site provides a glimpse into the island’s maritime heritage and the lives of its early inhabitants.

Another must-visit site is the 11th-century St. Tugual’s Chapel, a simple yet evocative stone structure nestled amidst the greenery. The chapel’s serene surroundings make it a perfect spot for quiet contemplation or simply appreciating the island’s historical significance.

Herm island

Culinary Delights

A day trip to Herm wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the island’s culinary offerings. The Mermaid Tavern, a cozy and inviting pub, serves up a range of delectable dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients and is easily accessible from the quay, but I’d recommend taking a walk around the island to Shell Beach for lunch at the cafe there instead. It’s less than half an hour walk but was much quieter and more picturesque – I had local cider and Herm oysters.

Shell Beach also had kayaks and paddleboards to hire. Not really my vibe – I was quite happy with the cider – but useful to know.

Relaxation and Serenity

Perhaps one of the most cherished aspects of a day trip to Herm is the chance to unwind and immerse oneself in the island’s peaceful ambiance. Whether you choose to lounge on the pristine beaches, enjoy a picnic in a secluded cove, or simply take in the stunning coastal views, Herm provides the ideal setting to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Shell Beach is also perfect for practising a bit of mindfulness collecting the tiny multicoloured shells that litter the beach.

Shell Beach Herm Island

Planning Your Trip

When planning a day trip to Herm from Guernsey, it’s essential to consider ferry schedules, especially during peak tourist seasons. It’s a good idea to pack essentials such as sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, and a camera to capture the island’s beauty.

As the sun sets on your day of exploration and relaxation, the ferry ride back to Guernsey will be filled with memories of the tranquility, natural wonders, and historical treasures that make Herm an enchanting destination worth visiting time and time again.

Local herm cider


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