Sark

Sark


Sark lies six miles east of Guernsey, and about 20 miles from France, in the Bay of St Malo. The island,  is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide at its broadest point and consists of two parts called Great Sark and Little Sark. The two are connected by La Coupée, a 300-foot-long isthmus that is only about 30 feet wide with a drop of about 100 feet either side. 

The Coupee is flanked by two bays: La Grand Grêve to the west and Convanche Bay to the east. Other popular sites for visitors are two natural tidal swimming pools, the Venus Pool, or Venus Bath as it is also known, which is 25 ft deep, and the Adonis Pool.  

The Window in the Rock, a man-made hole in the rock from which you can admire Saignie Bay is a popular tourist spot.

On the east coast is Point Robert lighthouse

Coasteering is a popular pastime on Sark due to the rocky coastline and the many caves, including the Guoliot Caves, part of Sark’s first Ramsar designated Wetland of International Importance. Here you can find plethora of sea anemones and other marine creatures.

Sark can be reached by a  ferry from St Peter Port via Isle of Sark Shipping.

The Daily Telegraph described Sark in March 2000 as one of the twenty most desirable great escapes on the planet

Sark also captivated Victor Hugo, he described it as


“a sort of fairy castle, full of wonders”

 

Sark provided inspiration for much of the poetry in his collection Les Chansons des rues et des bois (1865), and elements of his novelToilers of the Sea.

The fairy casle's "wonders" are not just restricted to those on the ground because, in 2011, Sark was designated as a Dark Sky Community and the first Dark Sky Island in the world.

Despite its size there are a plethora of things to do and see on Sark, so whether you visit the island for a single day, use it as your base or as part of an Island Hopping Holiday you are bound to love this great escape!