Herm – one of the most beautiful Islands in the World

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Belvoir Bay – yes the sea was that colour. Very sheltered beach, can get busy. Not much sand at very high tide – (c) photos by Colin S Le Conte

 

Shell Beach - beautiful long beach. Amazing to explore at low tide

Shell Beach – beautiful long beach. Amazing to explore at low tide

Official Web Site – 

Visit the official web site – www.herm.com/ No marina I am afraid – shame – would be a great stop over. Two main places to land people – Rosaire Steps at low water and Herm Harbour at half tide and above. Plus the many, many beaches!

Books

Excellent book from John Frankland for navigation around Guernsey (Herm and Sark also available) – www.guernseypilotage.com/index…

Rosaire steps – quitesheltered by a reef at low tide. Very difficult to land people at half tide or above as so much of it is under water.

 

Rosaire steps at low water - it all gets covered at high tide

Rosaire steps at low water – it all gets covered at high tide

Generally for motor boats etc Rosaire steps are only used for 3 hours either side of low water. It may be worth noting that on very low spring tides approaches should be made with extreme caution as it does become very shallow and rocky.

For vessels anchoring around Rosaire it is possible to use inflatable dinghy tenders to land on various higher states of tide, but it can be tricky especially once the tide reaches the main narrow steps, hence people tend to row/motor up to the beach by the harbour, especially as there’s not so far to walk to the pub!

All the moorings at Rosaire are private and shouldn’t be used. There is however lots of room to anchor.

View from Rosaire Steps showing the protected area at low tide

Herm Harbour – Good landing point. Steps just around the corner, harbour shallows the more you go in. Do not moor near the steps as the Herm Ferry moors there.

A landing craft moors at the entrance of the inner harbour (only used by small boats and beware of ropes)

The Travel Trident coming in to Herm Harbour at fairly high tide. The steps are marked with white paint

The Travel Trident coming in to Herm Harbour at fairly high tide. The steps are marked with white paint

There is a German wall which you can moor along side. Beware at shallow water as there is a ridge at the bottom which comes out and you can catch your propellers on.

Also – the steps at the end of the pier are not always accessible, especially on spring tides.

See www2.digimap.gg/tides/herm.asp… for Tide Times

Boats do moor up the beach at Herm Harbour and there are some chains you can use to secure your boat bow and stern.

A busy weekend with 2 lines of boats moored, waiting to dry out at half tide

A busy weekend with 2 lines of boats moored, waiting to dry out at half tide

Yellow buoys are available in the harbour and the neighbouring beach. Beware, most if not all dry out at low water (depending on the range of tide) and some have small rocks on the sea bed. The harbour moorings being available in exchange for filling in a registration form and a small donation in the Admin Office.

 

A view of the Harbour at low tide from Vermerette. Note the 2 barrels above the harbour wall which should be lined up. This will take you the other side (south) of Vermerette.

A view of the Harbour at low tide from Vermerette. Note the 2 barrels above the harbour wall which should be lined up. This will take you the other side (north) of Vermerette.

 

Places to Drink The Mermaid Tavern is a great place to start for a drink.

Lunch

The Black Rock Grill is only available from June for dinner (not lunch).

The Conservatory restaurant is available from 12.30. The Conservatory restaurant is the main hotel restaurant.

The Ship Inn is available for lunch from 12.00.

The Mermaid Tavern is available at lunchtime also

Menus for each restaurant can be found at www.herm.com.

Places to Stay Herm has the White House Hotel, quite a few holiday cottages and 2 camp sites

– see www.herm.com/hotel/ for further details

Herm is wonderful – visit www.herm-island.com/

The White House and the Mermaid – visit www.herm-island.com/ The Island of Herm