A Trip to Herm Island

A Trip to Herm Island: While we were staying in Guernsey for the weekend we decided to take a trip to Herm Island. Having looked online before we left I didn’t quite believe that you could find Caribbean looking beaches in the UK. Apologies now as this post is very photo heavy (spoiler it really is that beautiful).

Yet leaving my sceptisum behind we boarded a boat from St Peter’s Port. The boats run frequently through out the day with more avalaible at peak times. Jounrey wise its only a short twenty minute ride. There was plenty of seating on the boat itself and to was fine with the buggy. Even our huge Thule stroller. Many people opted to sit up on the top of the beat, but being with Kipper we head towards the back. This meant that Monkey and I could stand out the back if we wanted to. He was fascinated and stayed with me the whole trip over.

One thing I didn’t realise about the Channel Islands is just how tidal they are. Because we caught the 10.30 boat over it meant that they could not dock in the port. Instead they had to dock about a ten minute walk away. Th only slight issue with this was that there was a lot of steps to get up (which doesn’t exist in the port). Something to bear in mind as Hubby had to carry the buggy up.

Once at the top its only a short walk, and the views are simply stunning. I have never seen a shore line like it. In the port area there is a hotel with a bar/restaurant, a separate pub and a souvenir shop. The shop sells all sorts of necessities for a trip to the beach. Our plan was to walk across the Island to Shell Beach.

The Island itself is only half a mile wide by a mile and a half long. The walk is easy and we didn’t struggle with the buggy at all. I would suggest it took us around twenty minutes with Monkey. Many of the pathways are well trodden and easy to spot. The path gave way to sand which then gave way to dunes. We arrived when the tide was out, there was masses of white sand.

Monkey wanted to try his hand at rock pooling so we set up camp close by. There is a little chalet on the beach selling Ice creams, drinks and sandwiches. They also hire out umbrellas, wind breaks and deck chairs. At very reasonable prices. Unfortunately Monkey wasn’t very successful at finding any crabs. Well we found a dead one. But that didn’t stop him enjoying exploring. Kipper loved the beach armed with his little space he thought it was hilarious to try and throw wet sand at me. The water was so shallow I didn’t need to worry about him going in too deep. Plus considering its the Atlantic sea it wasn’t too cold either.

After a picnic on the beach we set about collecting shells. There was so many to choose from, which I am guessing its called Shell beach. Aware that the last boat back went at 5.30pm we decided to aim for the one before it. Although none of us really wanted to leave the little slice of paradise.

One thing I noticed when the boat collected us from the port was that there was also another one waiting in the wings. I assume it would have been used if there had been a lot more people looking to get back. However we all managed to fit on one. Monkey decided to head towards the back again. I am so glad we did as we saw dolphins! Not only that but they were only a few metres away from where we were standing. The captain of the boat is obviously use to wowing his passengers. As he turned the boat around a couple of times to encourage the pod to play in the wake. It worked really well. The look on Monkeys face was priceless. Hubby and Kipper watched from inside through the large windows. He learnt a new word – dolphins! Which he squeeled at the top of his voice. I managed to catch a little on video, which Monkey then took into school on Monday for show and tell. It was the highlight of our trip. A memory which will stay with us forever.

Hubby and I have decided to take a trip back and stay in the hotel in Herm. Life feels a lot more relaxed, the fact there are no street lights or motorised vehicles on the island means its the perfect place to switch off.

Things you need to know:

  • Prices: Adults £13.50, children £7.00 and infants £1.50. There are reduced fares available for those that catch the first boat of the day and return on the same day
  • Location: The boat company Travel Trident ticket office can be found at the entrance to the port just by the roundabout with the mast on it. More information can be found on their website – www.traveltrident.com The boat itself will depart from St Peter’s Port
  • Timings: Vary throughout the year depending on peak times, daylight and tides. When we visited in June the boat departed to Herm six times a day 8.30, 10.30, 12.15, 14.15, 15.15 and 17.15. It returned 9.00, 10.50, 12/35, 14.35, 15.35 and 17.35.

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This is a collaborative post we were invited to spend the weekend on Guernsey by Visit Guernsey. They supplied us with ferry crossings, accommodation, attraction press pass and our boat ticket to Herm.

37 Comments

  1. July 8, 2018 / 7:16 am

    Stunning photos and the colour of the sea is breathtaking! I would love to go there one day

    Kate xx

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    July 8, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Havent had the pleasure of visiting this gorgeous place – looks stunning

  3. Rosemary Tily
    July 8, 2018 / 11:35 am

    This looks quite magical! What a lovely experience for your boys!

  4. July 9, 2018 / 10:52 am

    I haven’t been to Herm in such a long time. My brother lives on Guernsey, and we visited Herm on quite a rainy day, so haven’t really seen it at it’s best. Something to rectify next time we go!

  5. Peter Watson
    July 10, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    I recall visiting Herm many years ago and there are shells everywhere

  6. Andrew Connolly
    July 10, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Looks like I’ll be adding this to my list of places to visit!

  7. Emma C
    July 10, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    I went to Herm a few years ago, absolutely stunning! Looks like you had a lovely time.

  8. Tracy Nixon
    July 11, 2018 / 4:46 am

    This looks quite AMAZING! What a lovely experience for your family!

  9. EMMA WALTERS
    July 11, 2018 / 5:14 am

    a hidden treasure, looks so beautiful x

  10. paula cheadle
    July 11, 2018 / 6:05 am

    as always you take stunning photo’s, been following your blog now for nearly 2 years, you also do fantastic write up about products and places to visit

  11. Ruth Harwood
    July 11, 2018 / 7:38 am

    Sounds like a great place to visit with the kids! Love your pictures, so expressive! x

  12. Stephanie Coals
    July 11, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Wow! I didn’t know such beaches existed in the UK. You’ve definitely added it to my places to visit now!

  13. Pam Francis Gregory
    July 11, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Hern Island looks wonderful. Thanks for the great review and ideas.

  14. July 11, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Wow! what a beautiful place! #BloggerClubUK

  15. July 11, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Oh my word it looks fabulous!!! #bloggerclubuk

  16. Ren Taylor
    July 12, 2018 / 6:04 am

    Great photos and what a lovely place to visit…… on my list for next year 💛

  17. July 12, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Fab photos lovely It looks amazing there. #BloggerClubUK

  18. July 12, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    We are planning a trip for at least part of the family to the Channel Islands very soon. Heading for the bigger ones but actually I fancy the smaller ones and this looks beautiful #BloggerClubUK

  19. Hayley Colburn
    July 12, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    What lovely memories you make with your little family, absolutely priceless

  20. July 14, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    It certainly sounds like a fantastic place to visit and your photos will long be treasured I’m sure #BloggerClubUK

  21. Samantha O'D
    July 14, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos, my kids love the beach

  22. Rosemary Tily
    July 15, 2018 / 10:55 am

    Some of the best photos I’ve seen – I would be so proud of myself if I’d taken them!

  23. July 15, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Wow, you’re right it’s stunning! With or without blue skies I imagine! Shame about the steps with the buggy on a hot day though. #bloggerclubuk

  24. Neha Chauhan
    July 15, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    Such lovely photos! I bet you all must’ve had an amazing time.

  25. Lindsey stuart
    July 17, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Beautiful photos, I am loving the clear blue sky and the gorgeous beach, it looks like you had a wonderful time at herm Island.

  26. Natalie Crossan
    July 24, 2018 / 12:38 am

    This trip looks so stunning and your photography skills were certainly on point on this trip! Everything looks so bright and fun xx

  27. Amanda tanner
    July 29, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Looks beautiful got to be added to my places to visit.

  28. Laura Norcop
    August 2, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Thank you for such a useful post! Especially about the steps and the recommendation on pathways. My pushchair doesn’t do so well on sand but I’m researching a better one so hopefully I’ll be ok to do something like this soon x

  29. Rebecca Whatmore (@0zzyhog)
    August 6, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Looks lovely and like you all had a lot of fun!

  30. MANDY DOHERTY
    August 7, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    What a fantastic place and such lovely photos

  31. Debbie Finnerty
    August 7, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Looks like you guys had a blast! We had a few days camping in the rain with a leaky tent haha this looks so much more appealing!

  32. Susan B
    August 8, 2018 / 4:37 am

    Oh, my, I would so love to visit. What lovely pics of the boys. Thanks for another fab travel post.

  33. Sylvia Paul
    August 8, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    I’ve visited Jersey before but didn’t even realise this place existed. If we ever go back we will have to visit it x

  34. Tracey Hallmark
    August 8, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Amazing photos, I definitely want to visit Herm Island now it is breathtakingly beautiful

  35. Annabel Greaves
    August 28, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Looks like a fantastic place xx

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