Last week, we headed off to the tiny Herm Island to escape the craziness of everyday life. Life has become somewhat hectic recently, so a short getaway to a tranquil island was just what we needed!
Herm is one of the channel islands, a short ferry ride away from Guernsey, and is a beautiful island which is only 1.5 miles long and half a mile wide!
We packed our bags and headed to Southampton Airport to catch a flight to Guernsey (many British airports fly to Guernsey, but this was the most convenient airport for us this time!) After an incredibly short flight, we made out way to St Peter’s port to catch our transfer to Herm.
With a little time to spare before our transfer to Herm, we stocked up on some food from the conveniently-positioned Marks & Spencer and then headed out to the boat. After a quick trip, we arrived at Herm harbour and were greeted to a friendly reception and were taken to the cottage on a buggy/quadbike-esque vehicle!
Herm is home to about 60 people and is an English-speaking island with breath-taking scenery. It is a car-free island (it would be pointless due to its tiny size!) and is the perfect location for a digital detox.
Andy and I stayed in a picturesque pink cottage, known as the Fisherman’s Cottage. It has a private garden and is positioned overlooking the sea. It has a charming feel to it and boasts two bedrooms (sleeping six in total), modern facilities and a traditional aga oven in the kitchen. It has a cosy, homely and welcoming feel to it.
After unpacking, settling in and enjoying lunch cooked in the aga, we were taken on the buggy for a tour of Herm.
Each year, many visitors venture over to Herm island (70% of whom have apparently previously visited and are returning holiday-makers). Tourists can choose between the campsite, the The White House Hotel, a log cabin or one of the beautiful self-catering cottages to stay in.
Even when out of season, (the number of visitors picks up towards the end of March and quietens down throughout the winter,) Herm is a stunning destination with endless charm and appeal.
On our first evening, we decided to head to the Bears Beach and Oyster Rocks to watch the sunset. Whilst a little blustery, we enjoyed a peaceful walk along the coastline, and climbed a few rocks to find the best seat to enjoy the view. Once the sun went down, it was lovely to return to the comfort of the Fisherman’s Cottage to cosy up under a blanket in front of the fire.
The following day we made the most of the serenity of the cottage and treated ourselves to a lie in – a rarity for us, so it was much-needed! The cottage has no clocks inside and is perfectly silent – combined with the comfortable beds, it is the perfect place for a good sleep! After a leisurely breakfast, we headed to the gift shops and had a little wander around soaking up the scenery and taking photos of our surroundings. We stumbled across the Woodland Walk and then explored Herm’s tiny school, the chapel and nearby holiday self-catering cottages.
Later in the afternoon, we decided to walk around the entire perimeter of the island. Starting from the Fisherman’s Cottage, we walked around the island clockwise, and were delighted to spot a seal swimming as we reached Monsonniere Beach. After numerous attempts at capturing the seal’s speckled head, we continued our walk around the island. The walk took about two hours in total and included a variety of terrains. After some rather narrow paths overlooking the incredibly blue sea, we reached the Rosaire Steps and realised we were soon to finish our walk. Walking past The White House Hotel, gift shops and The Mermaid Tavern pub, we were only a few metres from our cottage. After our walk, we were tired but so pleased to have covered the entire perimeter. Tomato and lentil soup and rolls baked in the aga beckoned, and we enjoyed another cosy night in inside The Fisherman’s Cottage.
On Wednesday, we enjoyed a coffee in The Mermaid Tavern pub which has a large outside seating area to enjoy during the warmer months, and boasts a wide and impressive drinks menu. (I’m told the food served is wonderful too!) Herm hosts a number of events throughout the year – from beer festivals, to music events and even Christmas shopping trips, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for upcoming events. Despite being such a tiny island, the Herm community and its visitors regularly fundraise for various charities too.
Although we met very few people on our visit, each and every person was incredibly friendly and it felt like a close and welcoming community. Job descriptions on the island are incredibly varied, and each person has a diverse role to ensure the island is running smoothly.
We have enjoyed the most incredible, relaxing visit to Herm island. It is a truly stunning location and is perfect for a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and we would very much like to visit again soon.
I decided to film our trip, so take a peek at my vlog here…
Have you visited Herm before?