Let’s go to … Herm, the Channel Islands

The small, car-free Channel Island, three miles off Guernsey, is just the place to snorkel in clear water, stroll on unspoilt beaches and see Europe’s most southerly puffin-breeding colonies

Why go now?
It’s puffin season. Outdoor Guernsey’s kayak puffin patrols run from Shell beach on Herm, a gorgeous stretch of white sand, past secluded Belvoir Bay to Puffin Bay, where you can see the birds up close (until June). Bumblebee Cruises has a similar patrol by boat.

Anything else happening?
Great walks: the Channel Islands heritage festival (until 11 May) includes guided strolls around Herm; the Guernsey walking festival (2-17 May) has tours of secret and historical Herm; or you can visit the island’s colourful coastal gardens with head gardener Brett Moore (£7.50pp, every Tuesday at 11am until mid-September).

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