New flights launched to ‘Caribbean-worthy’ islands just an hour from the UK

By Staff

The five islands of Guernsey – Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Alderney, Jethou and Lihou – can now be reached much more easily thanks to new Aurigny Airline routes from UK airports

A string of islands with Caribbean-style beaches and a fascinating World War II heritage just over an hour from the UK is soon to be much easier to visit.

Aurigny, Guernsey’s very own airline, has announced new flight routes to connect the islands with London Stansted. Now Guernsey’s flagship airline will depart three times a week from the Essex airport, on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays, from Sunday 31 March.

That is added to the ferry routes that currently operate to the island. Condor Ferries operates two ferry routes between the UK and Guernsey. The firm sails from Poole to Guernsey and Portsmouth to Guernsey. Poole is the fastest route, taking three hours, while Portsmouth is a seven hour crossing on the Commodore Clipper.

However you get there, the journey will likely be well worth it, given the wealth of natural beauty on show on the chain, which is made up of five inhabited islands – Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Alderney, Jethou and Lihou.

Cobo Bay is one of Guernsey’s most popular beaches hosting not only beautiful white sands and crystal clear waters, but also a handful of amenities just across the road including a pub, cafe and shop which make it a convenient as well as beautiful day out.

A little more seclusion can be found at Petit Port, but only for those able to take on the 270 steps that lead down to it. It is an idyllic, sandy, secluded bay with absolutely breathtaking scenery.

There are also plenty of activities on offer on the islands, including watching migrating puffins from the vantage point of a kayak off Herm in April and joining in with local festivities on Sark’s beloved La Beltane May Day festival in May. A great family day out can be had exploring the Islands’ hidden secrets at the Spring Walking Festival in May and June.

Travellers with history-loving children will be fascinated by Guernsey’s fascinating story, which is told through its multiple museums including La Valette Underground Military Museum and the German Occupation Museum.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the D Day Landings and Guernsey – which was occupied by the Germans in World War II – has a number of bunkers dating back to the time which can be explored. Visitors to Guernsey on 9 May will be able to soak up the atmosphere at Liberation Day, the Islands’ yearly joyful celebration of its freedom from German occupation, with 2025 marking this event’s momentous 80th anniversary.

In terms of places to stay, there are cosy self-catering properties on the remote island of Herm as well as six-man luxury safari tents nestled on the Guernsey coastline. Two islands – Sark and Herm – are car-free, making them the perfect place to unwind from the world and give children a little more freedom.

From spring, travellers will also be able to access Guernsey from London City Airport and Liverpool, with flights also departing from Edinburgh from May 2024 and Cornwall Newquay from July 2024. All flights will operate in addition to the existing schedules from London Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Southampton, East Midlands, Birmingham, Bristol and Exeter to Guernsey. Flights from London Stansted cost from ÂŁ129.98 per person return.

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