Sailing Holidays around the Channel Islands
With over 20 islands to discover, you won't be short of places to sail, anchor and explore.
With over 2000 sunshine hours every year, the Channel Islands are the sunniest spot in the British Isles. A haven for sailors worldwide, this picturesque archipelago boasts eight inhabited and 13 uninhabited islands, scattered with sheltered coves, sandy beaches, and crystalline waters that transport you to Mediterranean bliss.
Culinary and Cultural Delights
A paradise for food enthusiasts and culture aficionados, Jersey offers Michelin-starred restaurants, beach cafes, and international conservation parks. Explore gentle valleys, green fields, and rolling sand dunes or discover the rugged North with its bold gorse and legume-adorned craggy rock faces.
Wildlife in Jersey has to begin with the famous Jersey cow that has inhabited the island for over 6000 years. Green Lizards, Oystercatchers, Peregrine Falcons, and Brent Geese add to the island’s vibrant wildlife. Watch the magical glow of bioluminescent sand-worms on beaches at night – a truly magical experience.
The capital of St Peter Port is a lively town with much more to offer than just offshore banking and cream teas. Its beautiful flower growing has won the RHS Britain in Bloom and St Peter Port has been voted one of Europe’s prettiest harbours. With 27 rolling beaches, each meticulously cleaned by hand in summer, Guernsey’s charm extends far beyond offshore banking.
Castles and Forts
From Victorian forts and Iron-age castles to Neolithic graves to German fortifications and grand standing-stones – there is plenty of history to explore here. Standing stones – known as Statue Menhir, dot around the island with some holding impressive carvings.
The iconic Castle Cornet has guarded St Peter Port for over 800 years and is a familiar sight on the horizon for approaching sailors. Overlooking the islands of Herm and Jethou with spectacular views, parts of Vale Castle date back to the Iron Age.
The other Islands
Beyond bustling ports of the main islands, Alderney, Brechou, Sark, Herm, Jethou, and Lihou beckon. These smaller islands are off the tourist track and easily reached by some of our boats, Pilgrim, Pellew and Emma Claire.
With no cars on the island of Sark, cycling or horse-drawn carriages are the preferred transport options and with no street lights, spectacular starry night skies are top of the list. It’s easy to see why Sark is considered to be the crown jewel of the Channel Islands. Also home to La Seigneurie Gardens, it is said to be one of the most enchanting in the Channel Islands. Wander flower-strewn walls and mature woodland providing a tranquil contrast to the windswept wildness of the rugged coastline.
Known for its rich and varied wildlife, Alderney is home to the largest population of Glanville Fritillary butterflies in the British Isles, the rare blonde hedgehog, huge colonies of northern gannets and puffins. With over 50 miles of beautiful walks, golden bays and windswept commons, Alderney offers some of the finest beaches of the Channel Islands.
Whether anchoring in secluded bays or harbouring in bustling ports, the Channel Islands offer unparalleled hospitality, delectable cuisine, and diverse landscapes. Embrace the islands’ abundant history, wildlife wonders, and endless sunshine, making them the perfect destination for adventurous sailing and exploration!