Insider’s cruising guide to the Channel Islands

This small and captivating archipelago should be on every boater's itinerary, we give you an idea of what you could be doing in Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Jersey and Sark on those sunny bank holiday weekends


The most southern of the Channel Islands, Jersey had 23,000 visitors last year in 7000 boats, each staying an average of two and a half days. In the height of the season the island finds room for 130 boats a night. State-owned marinas have 80 berths and moorings set aside for visitors.

Tourists love the capital St Helier’s fish market on Beresford Street and the covered market on Halkett Place, and there are many cafés and bars, whose tables spill out onto the pavement to give that Continental feel to a quintessentially British island.


Above: Mont Orgueil Castle overlooks the small harbour in the pretty town of Gorey.

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