Whilst strolling back towards Braye, we came upon a War Memorial, dedicated to those folk involved in forced labour, who perished on Alderney during the war. It was quite a moving place, reading all the different plaques: Polish, French, and other Nationalities of those who died during those horrid years.more
Mannez Lighthouse, more commonly called Alderney lighthouse, was built in 1912, from granite blocks. It was electrified in 1976, and automated in 1997, when the last resident lighthouse keeper departed. It has more recently had the intensity of its light reduced. The lighthouse is open during the summer months, and can be reached by visitors using...more
As well as the German wartime fortifications there are the remains of many Napoleonic Forts that were built to fend off invasion from the French. Some of the forts have been restored (in part) but others are showing their age. You will find several of the forts along the eastern side of Alderney. Some forts have causeways that allow you access at...more
On our last visit my son and I decided to walk around the eastern part of Alderney, that's the part where the lighthouse is. We had arrived by sea, and the weather was very settled and warm, unlike the weather in England! Walking up the main shopping street of St Ann, you then turn left along the Main Street and continue walking, past the golf...more
Alderney is well-known for its seabirds and puffins breed on the rocky islet of Burhou to the north-west. The best way to see an actual, live puffin is to take a boat trip.We came across this larger than life puffin, carved from a tree, whilst walking along the road on the south side of the island.more
You may think that the picture looks remarkably like a shed. However this is actually the station for Alderney railway - the only working railway in the Channel Islands. It uses a former London Metropolitan line train.The train goes from Braye to Mannez Quarry. The quarry was originally used to provide stone for the building of the Victorian forts...more
The Alderney Museum is run by the Alderney Society, and first opened in 1966. It is now housed in a former school building dating from 1790.Its collections cover the history of the island from pre-historic times. There are displays relating to the Iron Age, Roman and Medieval artefacts found during archaeological digs, Victorian fortifications, the...more
Walking around the old town, you will be reminded of parts of the English Westcountry, such as Devon and Cornwall. Pretty old cottages, with wonderful flowers, old cars which would long ago have been scrapped on the British mainland, and ancient farm machinery. From the appearance of the railway line which you will find at the top of Braye hill, it...more
Some parts of Alderney are very steep, unlike Guernsey, but there are a good number of seats placed around the footpaths, especially at The Zig-Zag, a path leading inland from Clonque, and which will take you to the centre of the Island. You will need to explore some of the smaller coastal paths, but there's little chance of you getting lost. You...more
Everyone loves Fish and Chips don't they? Well, if we were staying on Alderney for longer than just over a day we would loved to have found 'proper' restaurants and eating houses. However..... Waling up from Braye Harbour towards St Ann we came across a nice clean looking fish restaurant on the right-hand side of the road. Fortunately for us they...more
We dropped in here for lunch on our bonus extra day (we should have flown home the night before, but were stranded by fog). It's in a little mews behind the main street - with seating inside and outside.The food is home-cooked and creative. We ordered from a range of tapas specials, but were later told that one of the items we ordered hadn't worked...more
The Braye Beach hotel has a lovely situation, right by the harbour. There is a terrace where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink, and there are views from the restaurant itself.The decor is modern, although one of two of the artworks on the walls depicting traditional beach holidays were not quite in keeping with this general style.The food is also...more
The Geogian House is an attractive townhouse in the centre of St Anne. It is a combination of pub, restaurant and B&B. You can pop in for morning coffee or afternoon tea (which come with a tasty flapjack bite), or have lunch in the attractive garden or upstairs dining room. Seafood is very much a speciality here, and we saw some very attractive...more
This restaurant has an attractive garden setting (though there is plenty of seating indoors if the weather is bad). We came upon it by chance when walking around the island. Open daily from 10.00 a.m. Lunch is served between 12 and 2 and dinner from 6.00 p.m. We only had sandwiches, but the other diners' food looked very tempting - especially the...more
As we were staying abourd our yacht we didn't have time to sample any of the Island's delightful restaurants, but did manage a quick drink in The Moorings, which is a bar and restaurant just up from the harbour. They have strange opening times in Alderney, and pubs tend to open between 10 am and 2 pm, and again at 6 until midnight. The Moorings...more
Having arrived in Alderney from Guernsey some years ago, we decided this time to approach from the Western end as we were heading from Plymouth. By the way, I had made various passage plans just in case the weather (or anything else) turned nasty. As it was, we arrived about 3 hours earlier than predicted, and sailed up the southern coast of the...more
Now there's a great alternative to flying to Alderney. Bumblebee has a regular year-round schedule allowing day returns or longer stays in either direction. It's a new boat and it's clean comfortable and fast. We took a day in Alderney during our Guernsey holiday and loved it. Great customer service, town-to-town and a fraction of the air fare....more
Getting to Alderney is part of the fun. The Trislander planes are tiny, seating only 15 passengers. Boarding is individually by name. Inside the cabin is snug. You really don't want to take a large item of hand luggage, but the good news is that you don't need to wait long for your hold baggage to appear.The flight time from Southampton is about 45...more
Alderney has basically one main shopping street, with a few shops in side roads off. There is a good selection of shops, but nothing like in St Peter Port, Guernsey. Walk up the main street of St Ann, the Islands only town, and near the Museum you will find a good supermarket, where you can buy most things, including your VT post cards! Please do remember that only Guernsey or Alderney postage stamps can be used. There are a number of post boxes, and a good general store and Post Office in the main street.
Like all the Channel Islands, Alderney is surrounded with dangerous rocks and reefs. During the high spring tides (Full and New Moons) the sea tidal flows can be enormous, up to 9 knots (11 Miles an hour). If you are approaching by sea please ensure that you do your sums correctly, and double, triple check the timings and tides! The journey from Guernsey to Braye, Alderney, was the part of our journey that concerned me most, but in fact turned out to be the nicest and easiest. Care must be taken when approaching the Eastern end of the Island, rounding the Lighthouse, where there are dangerous reefs extending well out to sea, and to ensure the tides will actually assist your passage into Braye Harbour. Get them wrong and you will end up in Jersey, or Cherbourg!
Alderney is the best place in the United Kingdom to fish! Honest!! Many of the UK records both shore and boat herald from this small channel island. The bass from the shore can reach 18lbs and the black bream 3lbs, which is pretty amazing... so pack your fishing rods and tackle if you are comming here for a holiday.
Equipment: Normal sea fishing tackle and gear
If arriving by boat, there is a water taxi (Mainbrayce, Channel 37 or 80), which charges £1.50 per person, per one way trip. It would therefore save you money to inflate your dinghy, if you have one, and row or motor the 100 yards or so to the dinghy pontoon, on the left side of the harbour. This pontoon will usually be rather crowded, but take a long rope with you, and you will be able to secure your own dinghy, by crawling over and inside the others! You may only officially stay alongside for up to 6 hours.
The overnight mooring fee is, as at July 2008, £12 per vessel.