Sheridans Guides to Great Britan & Ireland

The Channel Islands

This group of five islands lie closer to France than England. Alderney being only 16 kilometres from Cap de la Hague in Normandy. Traditionally a popular holiday destination for the English and French, they offer every type of accommodation and activity.

The Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Herm and Sark have enjoyed independence since 1204, their collective government pass their own laws but also remain loyal to the British Crown on whom they rely on for protection in times of war.

The Island of Jersey, world renowned as an off shore tax haven also has its own parliament called "The States". The two largest islands of Guernsey and Jersey are enjoyed by everyone from the most sophisticated tourist to the windsurfing enthusiast staying in one of the many charming bed and breakfast houses. There are many unique museums, farms and art galleries to visit whilst exploring the narrow roads and lanes that criss-cross the islands.

The capital of Alderney, St. Anne, is a friendly small town of narrow cobbled streets and a bustling harbour. Nearly all the beaches are safe for swimmers and there is a small 9 hole golf course on the eastern edge of the island. Herm, a small but beautiful island, lies close to Guernsey and has lovely sandy beaches, rare plants and seabirds, and caters mostly for the individualists wishing to rent a cottage.

Sark is the natural choice for those wanting an 'away from it all' holiday. No cars are allowed and travel is normally by bicycle, horse and cart, tractor, or by foot! There are secluded sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and lovely walks on the footpaths that cross this small island. Hotels, guest houses, self catering and camping are all available.