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  • Guernsey cliffs
  • Arch Bay, Alderney
  • Horse and carriage in Sark
  • People walking La Coupee in Sark
  • Belvoir Cafe in Herm
  • Cliff walking in Herm

Day Trips

Why not make the most of your holiday and experience more of the Channel Islands? Although we’re sure Jersey has enough to keep anyone entertained, visiting some of the other islands can really give you a feel and understanding of the differences within the individual islands and a chance to discover some you may not have heard of.


Guernsey is the second largest Channel Island and lies closer to France than Jersey, just 31 miles west of the Normandy coast and around 75 miles south of England. The island has the same Anglo-French feel as Jersey with a slightly more rural feel. Rising from the harbour, the capital of St Peter Port has a great mix of quaint cobbled streets, shopping and restaurants. The south coast bays and beaches offer stunning views although can be a challenge to walk whereas the north coast is flatter with pretty fishing harbours and ancient historical sites. Towards the west are wide sweeping beaches. The island inspired author Victor Hugo and the artist Renoir and it’s easy to see why. Visit Hauteville House, home to Hugo whilst in exile, or head to the south cliffs and take a guided walk to find out where Renoir painted. Wildlife enthusiasts will love crossing the tidal causeway to Lihou Island and food fans won’t be able to resist a slice of Guernsey Gâche topped with fresh Guernsey cream.

beach from cliffs
family fun at Le Braye
Beauport views


Herm is just a 20 minute boat ride from Guernsey and forms part of Guernsey’s bailiwick islands along with Alderney, Sark, Jethou and Lihou. The tiny island is just one and a half miles long by half a mile wide but is a tranquil haven, free from bikes and motor vehicles, save for the odd quad bike and tractor used for transporting luggage and for farming.

Herm is a popular day trip from Guernsey as the Travel Trident boat regularly sails from St Peter Port to the harbour. Herm Island has award winning gardens and a guided walk with the head gardener can be booked. Many of the plants around the island gardens are sub tropical due to the milder climate. There’s also some beautiful beaches which can easily fool you into thinking you’re in the Caribbean when it’s a hot day, especially Shell Beach with its turquoise sparkling waters and soft white powdery sand sprinkled with pretty shells. It only takes around 2 hours to circle the coast path or opt for Spine Road which runs straight through the middle of the island and offers spectacular panoramic views.


At just three by one and a half miles, Sark is slightly larger than Herm but enjoys the same car free environment. Bicycles are permitted but it’s usual to see horses and carts trekking down the lanes. The island is split into two islands, with the main island joining Little Sark via a narrow strip of land or isthmus known as La Coupée.

Sark has Dark Sky Community status and is the world’s first Dark Sky Island and a haven for star gazers due to its lack of light pollution. Visit La Seigneurie Gardens, long ago planted by monks and now complete with a splendid Rose Garden, walled garden, vegetable area, ponds and sensory garden. The island also has some pretty beaches which can be a challenge to navigate. However, the most unusual feature has to be Venus Pool, a large tidal rock pool carved into the rock on Little Sark and accessible only whilst the tide is half in or out.


Alderney is the third largest of the Channel Islands at just five square miles. Situated 8 miles from the French coast, the island offers a laid back atmosphere but a fascinating history. Although all the Channel Islands were affected by the German occupation during World War II, Alderney was changed the most and the legacy is obvious as you walk around. Pretty beaches and bays are backed by stark military towers and forts. The island however also has another legacy and champions its natural and unusual wildlife, including the Alderney blonde hedgehog.

Cars are permitted on Alderney and there is an airport but it is also the only Channel Island with a train service. The Alderney Railway is manned by volunteers and usually runs during the summer, bank holidays and on special occasions. There is a main town, St Anne and various smaller settlements around the island. The island also offers a good range of beaches, from deserted white powdery sandy bays to rocky wildlife havens. Artist and sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy, designed a serious of giant boulders known as the Alderney Stones which are situated around the island and make a great route to discovering Alderney.

Al fresco dining in Guernsey
Relaxing by Braye Bay
Horse and cart

Lesser known Isles of the Channel Islands

The Minkies

Known as Les Minquiers by locals and situated nine miles to the south of Jersey, there is a land mass bigger than Jersey itself albeit mostly submerged. Five of the islands do however rise out of the sea and Maîtresse at around fifty by twenty metres, has some dilapidated stone cottages on it. The water can be quite tricky to navigate and a guided tour or RIB ride with an expert is recommended.

Les Écréhous and Les Dirouilles

Just north of Jersey there are a cluster of tiny islands which were once inhabited but now are mostly used seasonally by fishermen. With sandbanks that rise gently out of the shallow turquoise water, they make a great trip and children especially love playing in the water there during the summer. The most popular method of reaching them is by RIB ride.


A privately owned island and part of the bailiwick of Guernsey, Brecqhou is close to Sark. Guided tours can be booked from Sark.


Once the destination of pirates, who were chained to the rocks, Jethou is part of the bailiwick of Guernsey and lies just south of Herm. Privately leased, it isn’t possible to visit. Crevichon also lies to the north and Fauconniere to the south, both small islets.

walking Spine Road
Shell beach in Herm
Les Ecrehous


The north west coast of France is just two hours away by ferry or around 25 minutes by air.

Iles Chausey

Situated within French waters, you will need a passport to disembark on the little island which is just a mile by half a mile. Pretty beaches, a café, good restaurant and castle can be found here.

St Malo

The ancient port and walled city of St Malo offers pretty cobbled streets, great restaurants, bars and shopping.


This popular seaside resort is more or less opposite Jersey. Two sandy blue flag beaches, the ancient town and fantastic restaurants make it worth the trip.


A seaside resort on the Contentin Peninsula, Granville has views over Mont St Michel and is known for the good food and wine found in the harbour restaurants.

RIB ride
Condor Liberation
Travel Trident boat

Getting there

  • On average there are 4 flights a day between Jersey and Guernsey. Alderney can also be reached by air from Jersey via Guernsey.
  • Condor Ferries operate daily services between Guernsey and Jersey.
  • Manche Iles Express offer a service between France and Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.
  • Vedettes du Contentin offer a ferry service between Barneville-Carteret and the Channel Islands
  • Jersey Seafaris – private boat charters from Jersey to Sark and Illes Chausey, RIB rides to Les Minquiers, Les Écréhous and Carteret (private boat charters can also be arranged).
  • Betty Mae Boat Cruises and Charters arrange boat trips from Jersey to all areas.
  • Island RIB Voyages offer trips to Les Écréhous, Les Minquiers, Sark, Herm, Guernsey, Carteret, Illes Chausey, St Malo, Granville.
  • Travel Trident offer boat trips to Herm departing regularly from Weighbridge Place in St Peter Port, Guernsey.
  • Bumblebee Boat Cruises operate between Guernsey and Alderney but also have a range of fun cruises around the islands.
  • Sark Shipping Company operate a boat service between Guernsey and Sark.

Contact us for help with an island hopping package

Day trips can be booked locally. Should you wish to know anything else or need help arranging a specialist island hopping package, please contact us on 01621 734333.