About Alderney - The Channel Islands Third Largest Island

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About Alderney

 

Welcome to Alderney

At just three and a half by one and a half miles, Alderney packs a lot into its compact space. Belonging to the bailiwick of Guernsey, the island is officially a member of the British Crown rather than part of the UK. Guernsey’s bailiwick islands include Alderney, Herm, Sark, Jethou and Lihou. Alderney is the northernmost and third largest of the Channel Islands, it has become known for its independent governance which supports a growing finance and e-commerce sector. However the island offers a complete escape from busy everyday life, has a huge history, a fascinating Alderney Stones Goldsworthy art installation, and some rare and wonderful wildlife.

Alderney today

Today, Alderney is an island full of beautiful sandy beaches, quaint cobbled streets in the capital of St Anne and a thriving events scene. A distinct Anglo-French atmosphere combines to enhance all aspects of the island as is reflected in the cuisine. A constant supply of fresh local seafood catches also give the island’s restaurants and eateries a great advantage. Although there are cars and vehicles on the island, they are few and far between as it’s so easy to walk or cycle around. Alderney has the only railway in the Channel Islands, a steam train which offers special services, particularly at Easter and Christmas and runs every weekend during the summer season. Each year Alderney celebrates a number of festivals, the biggest being ‘Alderney Week’ a carnival week full of diverse fun. The island is also home to some fantastic stone structures installed by artist Andy Goldsworthy and finding them can be a great way to see the island.

Wildlife

Rare blonde hedgehogs and black rabbits are just two of Alderney’s wild inhabitants. White tooth shrew’s, pipistrelle bats and colonies of puffins are amongst some of the others. The milder climate has given rise to a diverse marine environment and Alderney is a designated Ramsar site. Wildflowers usually seen in Mediterranean or Southernmost climates can be found on the island. Together Alderney Wildlife Trust and the Living Islands Project take care of the environment and wildlife and there are regular talks, walks and opportunities to get hands on with the natural habitat.

Blonde Hedgehog
Alderney Stones
Alderney carnival

History

Alderney has been inhabited for over 5000 years. Neolithic artefacts can be seen in the museum on the island. Many of the bunkers and defences which are dotted around the island, were built during Napolean’s time, later to be taken over by Hitler during the occupation. Sitting around the pretty beaches, Alderney’s historical monuments and defences are a stark reminder of a troubled past. Of all the Channel Islands, Alderney suffered most during the Occupation. The island was completely evacuated during World War II and Hitler’s German forces moved in. At this time the only concentration camps on British soil were dug using forced foreign labour and the island became completely militarised as part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. After the war it took the island’s returning population years to build it back to the beautiful scenic landscape evident today.

Beautiful beaches

Whether you enjoy soft powdery sands or rockpooling, Alderney’s beaches are a treat:

  • Arch Bay

    Adjoining Corblets Beach, Arch Bay is great for young children as its sheltered.

  • Braye Bay

    Sheltered by a breakwater, Braye is close to the town and harbour and is great for sandcastle’s!

  • Clonque Bay

    wear steady shoes and enjoy some rockpooling. One for nature lovers.

  • Corblets Beach

    Only cut of from Arch Bay at high tide, this north coast beach is a surfers paradise.

  • Longis Bay

    A half mile southerly facing beach protected by a defensive wall built during the occupation. Popular with sunbathers and rockpoolers.

  • Platte Saline

    For fishermen and nature lovers but not for swimming due to strong undercurrents.

  • Saye Beach

    White sandy curved beach, popular with families.

Island hop and see Alderney

Should you wish to visit Alderney, we are able to put together an island hopping package where all accommodation and inter-island ferry connections are included and booked in advance. Please contact us for more details on 01621 734 111.

Eating al fresco in Alderney
Alderney train
Relaxing at Braye Bay