Beach + Island

Car-Free Destinations for Your Big Summer Trip

by Marisa Lascala

Herm Island
United Kingdom

Herm is the smallest of the UK's Channel Islands and, privately owned with just 62 year-round residents, it's one of the calmest, too. Some might even call it old-fashioned, as the island's only hotel, the White House Hotel, has no televisions, telephones, or even clocks. Instead, visitors come here to unwind amid nature by watching puffins and seals, admiring wildflowers, and taking in the white-sand beaches at Shell Beach. And, though the island may be tiny, there's still a little bit of sightseeing to be done. Attractions include an 11th-century chapel, a Neolitihic tomb, and a jail that claims to be one of the smallest prisons in the world.

Getting Around: Like Monhegan, bikes are also banned from Herm, so you'll be getting around on foot. Luckily, it's also the same size as Monhegan—1.5 miles long by a half-mile wide—so you can walk the island end-to-end and back in less than half an hour.

Getting There: Herm is only accessible via a 20-minute trip from Guernsey on the Trident Ferry. Guernsey, though, is easily reached by boat (via Condor Ferries or Channel Islands Direct) or by air at Guernsey Airport.

FYI: Herm has won multiple "Britain in Bloom" Gold Awards for outstanding gardens, and garden tours are available throughout the tourist season.

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