Though Alderney isn’t as big as its Channel Island neighbours Jersey or Guernsey, an Alderney holiday cottage still makes a great base for a relaxed and peaceful family or romantic beach holiday. The island is home to seven magnificent beaches, the most famous of which are Saye Beach, Braye Bay, Longis Bay – those are all white and sandy, and ideal for sunbathing, or even swimming! Alderney is home to a huge range of wildlife, including gannets, peregrines and puffins.
Don’t miss a trip on Alderney Railway, the only railway on the island, and one of Britain’s oldest. It operates each weekend during the summer, and runs from Braye, north east up to Mannez. It may even run right past your Alderney holiday cottage if you’re lucky. Mannez is home to Alderney Lighthouse, which you can tour during the summer, and The Odeon, a Nazi World War II bunker. It is impressive from the outside, but you’ll definitely want to head to the visitors centre to pick up the key and walk around inside. A visit to Alderney Museum, which covers the islands history, right back to the Stone Age, is another great way to spend an afternoon.
Holiday cottages in Alderney also cater for active holdiaymakers – Alderney offers cycling, walking, fishing, tennis, golf, and watersports such as sailing. For those who enjoy being out on the water, we suggest getting a boat to another Channel Island for a day trip. What about Herm? This unspoilt idyll with a permanent population of 60 has banned both cars and bicycles. If that sounds perfect for you, other car-free holiday destinations to consider include Split, Ile de Batz, and Helgoland.