The five primary islands are Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark, all of which are geared toward the tourist market and offer an abundance of hotels, restaurants, guest houses, etc..
The largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. It was annexed by the Normans in 933, and French influence has persisted since autonomy was granted in 1204.
The island is largely a plateau mantled with loess, with deeply incised valleys sloping from north to south. Picturesque cliffs reaching 485 feet (148 metres) in height line the northern coast; elsewhere, rocky headlands enclose sandy bays bordered by infilled lagoons.
Coasts are reef-strewn, but a breakwater in St. Aubin’s Bay protects St. Helier harbour from southwest gales. Blown sand forms dunes at the northern and southern ends of St. Ouen’s Bay on the western coast. The climate is less maritime and more sunny than Guernsey’s.
A heady mix of stunning scenery and the best of contemporary living, Guernsey is the perfect destination. Inspiring walks along the cliff paths, rambles through the rural interior or lazy days on the island’s beautiful beaches, Guernsey has it all.
Guernsey is part of the southernmost archipelago in the British Isles sitting in the Bay of St Malo, a little less than 30 miles from the French coast. As a result Guernsey has a milder climate then the UK and enjoys more sunshine hours each year. This allows for an outdoor-based lifestyle that makes maximum use of the natural surroundings. It also means that a number of plants and flowers, that couldn’t survive in Britain, are able to thrive in Guernsey. The Island rarely sees frost and snow is somewhat of a rarity.
St Peter Port, the island’s capital, is a bustling harbour town, a tapestry of architectural styles that tell the story of the region’s changing fortunes. Here bistros, restaurants and boutiques jostle for your attention, while in the harbour ferries are readied to take you to the sister islands.
Ask anyone who’s been there, Guernsey is a special place, a thriving community that welcomes its visitors with open arms and leaves a lasting impression on all who set foot on her soil.
Alderney, the third largest of the Channel Islands invites you to travel to and discover one of the few unspoiled, peaceful, natural and totally relaxing British Isles.
Imagine a little island - just one and a half miles wide and three and a half miles long with just over two thousand friendly and welcoming inhabitants. Like Guernsey and Jersey, the island enjoys a mild climate and independence, with its own government and a fledgling off-shore finance and E-commerce sector.
Despite its closeness to mainland France (8 miles), Guernsey (23 miles), Jersey (30 miles) and the Isle of Wight (60 miles), Alderney has managed to avoid mainstream tourism. Remote, yet well-connected with direct scheduled air links from the UK, Alderney has its own airport and harbour.
Visit Alderney and you will discover an oasis with an ancient and varied history, an abundance of flora and fauna, beautiful beaches, an enviable lifestyle with that unique, contagious phenomenon known as "the Alderney Feeling".
Herm Island is 3 miles from the coast of Guernsey and measures just a mile and a half long and half a mile wide. Herm is the perfect place to stay for a truly relaxing island holiday and is ideal for families and anyone wanting to "get away from it all". Once on our paradise island enjoy our beautiful unspoilt beaches and safe, clean pollution-free environment. There are no cars, no crowds and definitely no stress.
You can visit Herm for the day or, better still, choose to stay on the Island where we can offer a variety of accommodation designed to suit all tastes. You could opt to stay in one of our comfortable self catering cottages, allowing you to sample island life while still giving you the freedom to come and go as you please. You could choose to be pampered at The White House Hotel, the only hotel on the Island, where there are no telephones, televisions or clocks.
Sark is the smallest of the four main Channel Islands, located some 80 miles off the south coast of England.
Whilst only three miles long, and a mile and a half wide, it boasts 40 miles of what must be one of the most picturesque coastlines anywhere in the world.
There are no cars, giving Sark an enchantment which is quite unique. Sark's spell draws visitors back for their holidays, year after year.