Guernsey is the perfect place for a little adventure. It’s part of the British Isles and can be reached within about an hour from London, so a short break in Guernsey has all the comforts of a stay.
But the island is not part of the United Kingdom, and it is so unique that a trip here really feels like an escape. Especially when you get a glimpse of some of those beaches!
With a stunning and diverse coastline, from the rugged cliffs to the unbelievably white sand beaches of the British Isles, Guernsey is a great place for coastal adventures.
The inner island is a tranquil haven of picturesque countryside, quaint stone villages, and a fascinating heritage.
I actually spent several months in Guernsey with my ex a few years ago. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I’d be back after that relationship ended! but then I came back for a short vacation at the end of summer, I fell in love with Guernsey again. Especially with the more adventurous side of the island…
My trip to Guernsey was supported by Visit Guernsey. As usual, all words and opinions are my own and unbiased.
8 small adventures for a short break in Guernsey
With the slow pace of life and intoxicating island vibes (and those tropical-looking beaches), Guernsey feels like the perfect place for a relaxing vacation. and he. But this beautiful and rugged island is also the perfect place for an adventure.
I’m not talking about big big challenges here, but about fun ways to add a little different thing to your short vacation in Guernsey. little adventures Like a water sports lesson or a cliff walk. Ways to try something new, maybe step out of your comfort zone a bit, and make the most of the uniqueness of the island.
Here’s how to create your perfect little Guernsey adventure…
Journey along the coast
An island with a coastline of more than 60 kilometers to enjoy, Guernsey is all about beaches, cliffs and sea views. So a coastal road trip is the perfect way to explore!
It will take about 1.5 hours to drive around the entire island off the island without stopping. Stop at some of the island’s best beaches or scenic spots and you can easily fill an entire day. Here are some recommended stopping points for your Guernsey road trip adventure:
- Lancres Common and the Northeast Forts – Fort Pembroke, Fort Le Merchant and Fort Doyle. Don’t miss the Loophole towers on the joint either.
- Grandes Rocques – A rocky headland with amazing sea views.
- kobo beach
- Fazon Bay Beach
- Fort Gray Maritime Museum and Portlet Beach
- Plenmont Point and Nature Preserve
- Icart – for stunning coastal scenery.
- Petit Butt Bay – a picturesque little bay.
- Petit Harbor – cliff walk and amazing views.
- Fermin Beach – a bit of a walk, but worth it – and the cafe here is great!
With all those beaches, Guernsey is the perfect place for wild swimming. Whether you’re a big fan of wild swimming, or a beginner looking to try it out, the island is full of amazing sites.
To find the best places – and maybe meet new people – check out the Guernsey Swim All Seasons group on Facebook.
This wild swimming group is starting to close as a get-together for social distancing exercise. It has grown rapidly, and today it is a huge community with over 2,000 members. They meet at least once a week for group swimming, all year round!
Anyone can come for their group swimming and there is no fee, so It’s a great way to meet some of the locals and experience wild swimming in Guernsey. You can also ask the Facebook group for recommendations on good swimming spots.
On a short break in Guernsey, Swim All Seasons welcomed me into the barn and I braved the waters of Schwett Bay with them. Despite the gray sky and frigid winds, it was truly one of the highlights of my trip. Such a beautiful set, and such a fun way to push myself.
My next Guernsey adventure also included the English Channel Challenge – in a wet suit this time! I met Outdoor Guernsey at Petit Bot On the island’s west coast for the Challenge of Coasteering.
We swam into the bay and headed to the cliffs far away, where we found a natural adventure playground.
It was a morning spent climbing cliff faces, sliding through rocky tunnels, jumping into the sea – sometimes from very petrified heights!
Coasteering in Guernsey A great way to add a little adventure to your vacation. And the team at Guernsey Outdoors was fantastic; Knowledgable, friendly, and reassuring.
I didn’t get a chance to experience this on my last trip, but Guernsey also offers outdoor kayaking tours Which would be a perfect little adventure. Especially if consistency seems like a lot to you.
Departing from Petit Bot, you can paddle along cliffs, into hidden sea caves, and across rocky arches. The ultimate Guernsey adventure!
If you prefer to explore at your own pace, You can also rent a kayak and hit the waves yourself But a guide is a great way to find places you might not be able to get to on your own. They will also be able to point out some of the wildlife on the island as well.
Watch the sunset at Gandes Roques
Being adventurous doesn’t necessarily mean facing fears or being constantly active! It’s as simple as doing things you might not normally do in your daily life Like watching the sunset over the ocean.
My favorite spot has always been Grandes Rocques, a small rocky peninsula on the island’s northwest coast. The pink granite boulders here look especially beautiful as they bathe in the golden hour light.
Alternatively, Kobo Beach and Vason Bay are less complicated. You can get fish and chips from Cobo Fish Bar It sits on the sea wall. At low tide with strong winds, you might get some big waves crashing into the seawall. Drizzle jumping in front of the sunset makes for some great photos!
Cliff Walks in Guernsey
Guernsey is blessed with an incredible coastline, and The best way to appreciate a lot of it is to walk. There are footpaths that circle almost the entire island, with a variety of scenery, so you can easily find a coastal walk that suits you.
The south coast is perhaps best for cliff walking, with plenty of high, rugged cliffs and beautiful bays. One of my favorites is the boardwalk from Petit Port to Moulin Huet Bay. Overlooking rocky bays and picturesque beaches With impossibly turquoise waters, this is the kind of walk where you can’t walk more than a few steps without taking another photo!
There are also some great hiking trails around Icart, Petit Bot Bay, and Pleinmont. Check out Walking Routes from Visit Guernsey for more information.
St. Saviors Reservoir
Don’t forget that you can too Find adventure in the rustic interior of Guernsey On a short break! One of my favorite spots is St Saviors Reservoir in the west of the island. It’s less of a rugged adventure and more of a serene getaway, known for its wildlife and stunning scenery…but it’s a lovely place to get away from it all for some peace and quiet!
Escape to another island
Everyone has heard of Guernsey and Jersey, but Did you know that there are 5 other islands in the archipelago, As well as the many uninhabited islands?
Herm and Sark are easily visited from Guernsey, and both make great day trips for your short vacation. You can take a ferry from Guernsey to Herm in just 20 minutes, while the ferry to Sark takes about 55 minutes. So Herm is usually the most popular adventure for tourists in Guernsey!
It’s an idyllic little island of about 60 people, no cars and no crowds! Think of the picturesque white sandy beaches, Secluded hiking trails, and a welcoming island community.
Book a boat or kayak trip to explore the wilderness and wildlife, go for a walk on the coast, or just relax on one of the great beaches for the day. The Mermaid Tavern is an excellent place to grab a meal or drink before hopping on the ferry to Guernsey.
Check out Herm’s awesome travel guide from two of my favorite bloggers to help you plan the perfect trip!
Are there any other Guernsey adventures to add to your perfect short vacation? Let me know in the comments!