Tiny UK island has a ban on cars – and amazing beaches with dolphins

Thousands of Brits rediscovered the stunning staycation spots around the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many have chosen to continue visiting the beautiful regions of Britain ever since – especially with the cost-of-living crisis.

Whether they choose to drive the NC500 around Scotland or visit an Airbnb in the Lake District there’s plenty to do.

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But, as always popular destinations like Yorkshire and Cornwall see more and more visitors it’s about time we Brits learnt about some of the lesser known hotspots.

Those looking for a peaceful idyll to spend their annual leave in should look no further than some of Britain’s many islands.

Most have heard of – or travelled to – the Isle of Wight, Skye or Mull, but there are many more that make for a perfect holiday.

The Island of Herm is one often overlooked haven.

Herm offers a touch of paradise with white sand beaches, picturesque nature trails and ‘Enid Blyton’-style charm.

The island can be found just east of popular Guernsey and it feels like you’re stepping back in time.

Herm is very small, but you’ll enjoy only the sounds of crashing waves, singing birds and the occasional boat.

However, no risk of a traffic jam; cars are banned from the island. It is 100% car free and aims to be carbon neutral to protect its natural beauty.

In the centre of the island – which is just a 15 minute boat ride from Guernsey – is Manor Village.

The picturesque village boasts an 11th Century Chapel and plenty of accommodation, while over on the west coast you will find Harbour Village – a hub of island life with a cafe and gastro pub the Mermaid Tavern.

Over at The Ship Inn. You can dine on brasserie food or head to the Conservatory Restaurant for fine dining.

Herm isn’t just a relaxing seaside town though it’s a whole island teeming with activities.

You can explore Herm’s history of Neolithic settlements, smugglers, pirates and Prussian princesses.

Shell Beach is perfect for relaxing and often dubbed one of the British Isle’s nicest beaches with white sand and turquoise water.

Plus, there are dolphins, seats and even puffins on the island – and some holidaymakers claim they've swum alongside their jet skis.

Those who love the outdoors can take part in sea swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, archery and nature trails while throughout the year there are cider festivals, wine tasting sessions and gourmet wevekends.

You can choose to stay on Herm in a number of ways from the White House Hotel to the Crow’s Nest Suite, Harbour Cottage and even set up your tent at the Seagull Village Campsite.

While cars are banned furry friends are not so you can bring your pooch to stay in a number of dog friendly hotel rooms.


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