Two tiny islands, in a world of their own

 
 

Looking out across the sea from the Old Government House you get a great view of the tiny islands of Sark and Herm. They’re both lovely and inviting, but what would you do there? General Manager Andrew Chantrell gives you his top tips.

 
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Andrew Chantrell

La Seigneurie
The official home of the Seigneur of Sark, head of its government since 1730. Built on the site of the sixth century monastery of St. Magloire. The large Victorian watch-tower was erected so that signalling could take place between the island and Guernsey. The Royal Horticultural Society recognises the gardens are amongst the finest in the Channel Islands.

Horse Drawn Carriages
Transport on Sark is by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. For new visitors a carriage ride is a must. Sark’s carriage drivers are a mine of fascinating information.

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Horse and Carriage

Natural Beauty
Sark is one of the few remaining unspolit Islands in the western world. Designated the world’s first dark sky island by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Sark has no public street lighting, there are no paved roads and cars, so it does not suffer from the effects of light pollution in the same way as towns and cities do. This means that the night sky is very dark, with the Milky Way stretching from horizon to horizon, meteors streaking overhead, and countless stars on display.

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La Coupée

The Window in the Rock and La Coupée
Sark’s ‘Window in the Rock’ is a man-made hole which was created in the side of the headland at Port du Moulin. It offers visitors a superb view of Les Autelets – the narrow stacks of rock which lie just off Sark’s north-west coast. La Coupée, the razor-edged isthmus joining the main island to Little Sark, is the most spectacular sight in the Channel Islands. Before 1900 when protective railings were erected, children from Little Sark, had to crawl on their hands and knees to avoid being blown over the edge. The present narrow concrete road was built in 1945 by German POWs under Royal Engineers direction. There is a 300 foot precipice on the left side of Convanche Bay. On the right lies the large, beautiful, sandy bay of La Grande Grêve.

Sheep Racing Friday July 22nd to Sunday July 24th
An ever-popular event! Friday night is Party Night with live music from 7 p.m. Saturday starts with the Fancy Dress Parade from La Colinette to the Millennium Field at 11.45 a.m. Racing starts soon after. The last race is around 4.20 p.m. after which there will be more live music into the evening. Racing continues on Sunday.

HERM

Herm Garden Tours
Winners of the RHS Britain in Bloom Gold Award in 2002 and 2008, the dedicated team of gardeners on Herm Island have firmly established their reputation for creating stunning coastal gardens full of colour and structure. Herm has a favourable climate and rarely experiences a frost, enabling many varieties of plant from around the world to grow. Join Herm’s head gardener Brett Moore, for a tour of the island’s gardens.

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View of Jethou from Herm

Walking & Wildlife
Despite being just 1.5 miles half long and 0.5 miles wide Herm offers visitors the chance to experience an environment as beautiful as it is diverse. From the stunning coastline, lush woodland and golden beaches you will discover an island that delights and enchants.

You can watch flocks of terns or rare migratory birds, glimpse fish in crystal clear waters and spy wild flowers without ever meeting hordes of people. Even at the height of summer Herm never becomes overcrowded

Beaches
The beaches on Herm Island are stunning with golden sands and turquoise blue waters. Perfect for paddling, snorkelling, rock pooling, crabbing or for the more adventurous kayaking! Belvoir beach is a favourite as it is rather more secluded than the vast expanse of Shell beach but both are equally as beautiful.

Mermaid Tavern
Must do (for me!) is a fish finger sandwich at the Mermaid Tavern. Homemade fish fingers using that day’s catch with homemade chips sat outside on the terrace at the Mermaid with a pint of local Rocquettes cider!