Small Islands of Guernsey

Les Hanois - Les Hanois is a reef system to the south-west of Guernsey, also known as Hanoveaux. They form the westernmost point of the Channel Islands and are the location of the Les Hanois Lighthouse. The Les Hanois reef includes the major rocks of Le Bisé, on which the Les Hanois Lighthouse is built, Le Grand Hanois, Le Petit Hanois, La Percée, Round Rock and La Grosse Rocque.


Herm is a small island that lies 3 miles off the coast of Guernsey. It is just 1.5 miles long and less than 0.5 miles wide. Guernsey lies to its west and Jersey to its south east, with the smaller island of Jethou just off its south west coast. Once, a strip of land connected Jethou to Herm, but a storm washed it away in 709.


Sark lies six miles east of Guernsey, 14 miles north-west of Jersey, and about 20 miles from France, in the Bay of St Malo. The island, which is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide at its broadest point, 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. Mervyn Peak described the outline of Sark as being ʺwasp-wastedʺ in his novel ʺMr. Pyeʺ which he set on the island.


Alderney is the northernmost of the Channel Islands and, at one and a half miles wide and three and a half miles long, it is the third largest. The Island is approximately 8 miles from the coast of mainland France, is about 20 miles to the North East of Guernsey and 60 miles from the south coast mainland.


Lihou Island is a small tidal island that forms the most westerly point of the Channel Islands. At low tide it is connected to the L’Eree headland in St Peter’s parish via a stone causeway. While recorded history for the island began in 933 AD there is evidence of Mesolithic era habitation from archaeological digs that took place in the 1990s.

Small Islands of Alderney

Burhou - Burhou is a small uninhabited island just over a mile north west of Alderney. It is approximately half a mile long and a fifth of a mile wide. Burhou is a bird sanctuary which is home to 11 species of breeding birds including a colony of puffins.

Small Islands of Herm

Jethou – Jethou is to the south of Herm and is approximately 44 acres in size. It is privately leased and therefore not open to the public.

Small islands of Sark

Brecqhou – Brecqhou is located to the west of Sark and is approximately 74 acres in size. It is separated from Sark by Le Goulliot Passage which, according to legend, has only once been negotiated by boat in a high tide. However, in truth it is regularly navigated by yachts and fishing boats and even forms part of the route taken in powerboat events.