Sark Travel Guide

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Sark Highlights

  • Pro
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    Jasen71 says…

     Just one pace of life here... 

  • Con
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     absolutely none 

  • In a nutshell
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     A wonderful place to forget the rest of the world. 

Sark Things to Do

  • Harbour

    Enjoy wandering around the fairly quiet harbour and take a few photos. There are some interesting shots to be had!

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  • horse'n'carriage ride

    Enjoy a horse-drawn tour of Sark! Six of us sat in the carriage and had a memorable trek around this feudal island. The driver, Sandra, was so informative! The horse, Pride, didn't give us so much feedback ---but he was a worker!It had been an exciting ferry ride from St.Peter Port ---choppy seas but warm sunshine. However, on Sark it was bitterly...

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  • Windmill

    The carved coat of arms of the first Seigneur is still visible on the stone lintel of the Windmill, built by him in 1571. Extensive sail damage occurred as a result of a storm in 1917 and corn was no longer ground here after 1920. The windmill stands at the highest point in the Channel Islands and is the second oldest tower mill in the British...

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  • The Lighthouse

    1912 saw the erection of Sark's lighthouse, which greatly reduced the hazards to shipping east of the Island. It was built with granite, quarried from the Eperquerie Common. In the ownership of Trinity House, it stands 213 feet above high water mark and is now fully automatic. It nestles against the high cliffs, down a flight of 165 steps, with...

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  • La Seigneurie

    The home of the Seigneurs of Sark since 1730, La Seigneurie was built on the site of the sixth century monastery of St. Magloire. The present house has been altered and extended over the years with a large Victorian watch-tower erected in order that signalling could take place betweent the island and Guernsey. The formal, highly-acclaimed gardens...

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  • Pilcher Monument

    The Pilcher monument is a granite obelisk situation on the headland facing Brecqhou, above the old landing at Havre Gosselin. It was erected to the memory of J. Pilcher, a London merchant, who lost his life with four others, attempting to sail to Guernsey one stormy evening in October 1868. Havre Gosselin still provides the only alternative landing...

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Sark Restaurants

  • by chocolatemoose Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Restaurant at the Bel-Air at the top of Harbour Hill near where the tractor bus drops the visitors off. The Chef is also a local fisherman. He was for a while the head chef at Stocks Hotel on Sark. His food is always good. Presentation is also a thing he loves to do well. The local fishermen knock at his door to offer what they have caught. The restaurant was called Polly's before he and his wife took it over hence the terrible pun - Polygon....They opened summer 2006 so we will see how they do but I expect it will be popular. Prices are spread over a wide range so stick to budget or not but you won't pay over the odds.

    Favorite Dish: I always ask for fish or shellfish as it's what I like and it's what they do well. I find out what they recommend and have that.

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Sark Nightlife

  • by chocolatemoose Written Jul 7, 2006

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    This place is special because it is the only pub on the island of Sark. There are other bars in hotels but this is the pub ! There are 6 hotels here and they all bring in staff from other countries for the summer. The staff are young and out for fun and drinking. There are also people who look after the horses and drive the carriages who just come for the summer. Lots of stories come from this place especially as the rest of the island is so sedate. Sometimes live music. There are better places if you want good food, relaxed ambience or nice views!

    Dress Code: no code

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    • Work Abroad
    • Study Abroad

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Sark Transportation

  • Isle of Sark Shipping

    If you wish to travel to Sark then take the 'Isle of Sark' Boat from White Rock in St Peter Port Guernsey. The boat departs three or five times a day depending on the season, or weather. The cost of an adult ticket is £22 return, and children £11.20 and infants under 3 years are FREE. The Journey takes 50 minutes and covers 9 miles, which take you...

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  • Cycle Hire in Sark

    Sark is a wonderful little island, but apart from tractors, horse carriages and cycles there is no other form of transport apart from walking. You can arrange to hire a bicycle from the Isle of Sark Shipping Company prior to departing from Guernsey to Sark. The cost of cycle hire is £5.50 per day.

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  • Horse or Tractor

    There are no cars, giving Sark an enchantment which is quite unique. This also means that you may have to walk, however you can hire horse drawn carts. Push bikes are allowed... Carridge trips from harbour to La Coupee and La Seigneurie Gardens take about 2 hours and cost about £12.80 per adult and £11 for children aged 8-14 yrs and a child 7 and...

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Sark Shopping

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    by crazyman2 Written Sep 5, 2006

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    The row of shops, about 10 of them, is quaint. The people are friendly, wanting to chat and pass the time of day.
    There's an arty crafty shop which sells a variety of ornaments, paintings etc.etc. It's pricy though!
    There are places where you can buy tourist-tat to take home for someone!
    The general store has food, clothes and household things.
    Just wander and browse.....

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Sark Local Customs

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    by Jasen71 Written Jul 17, 2005

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    Not the sort you wear! Once a year annual sheep races have always been a popular event on the island.
    It seems to be the Royal Ascot of Sark.
    The action took place at the Millennium Field next to the new Island Hall and when I arrived, there was an air of anticipation. People were setting up a fete alongside the track and stocking the ‘baa’ for the day ahead. Betting on the sheep is allowed, so all in all, not a baa-d day at the races.

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Sark Warnings and Dangers

  • by takanni5 Written May 31, 2006

    Hi all, when visiting the lovely Island of Sark, known for its NO CAR life, one word of warning - beware of the TRACTORS not only do many houses own one they drive every where. To the shops, school ,pub, church it just seems too far for them to walk or bike ride.Why have so many, it is just the modern day Sark car. Many locals do ride bikes but not enough. If you have taken over you own for your holiday than beware, it might just be run over as one of ours was a couple of years ago. Do not just park it in the hedge or bike stand where if should be safe, leave it at home and hire one !! I then if some one wants to play hunt the bike and run over it, it will be one of their own. If you think I might be griping as a visitor, the answer is no - Sark born family.But still a great place to visit for good food , hotels and wildlife.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Sark What to Pack

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    by Tea4Two Written Jul 11, 2003

    Luggage and bags: A suitcase is fine but in summer Sark can get very dusty. A rucksack might be better - it all depends on where you are staying.

    For a day trip a rucksack is essential for all your mod cons as well as any shopping you may buy.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As there are no cars on Sark you need to get out your trusty feet and walk!! Therefore have a good pair of shoes.

    Alternatively you can hire a bicycle but this does restrict you to the "roads".

    Finally you can travel in style aboard one of the many horse drawn carriages.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plasters for any blisters. Sun Cream. Bottled water to quench your thirst.

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Sark Off The Beaten Path

  • Natural Beauty of Sark

    Fancy a walk? and a close look at Nature?? The island of Sark is one of the few remaining unspolit Islands in the Western world - with no cars and virtually no pollution. The well-known botanist and broadcaster, Professor David Bellamy, said that his recent trip to Sark was 'like stepping back in time'. Professor Bellamy is the Patron of Sark's...

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  • Unusual Sign

    This sign was spotted on the way back from Little Sark - "Sheep Pop Ahead".What on earth is it trying to tell us!!!!

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Sark Sports & Outdoors

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    by Jasen71 Written Jul 20, 2005

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    Rowers from across the Channel Islands have been paddling/rowing in the annual Sark to Jersey rowing race.
    This event, which features about 60 boats with rowers from Jersey and Guernsey, starts at Sark's Dixcart Bay on Saturday afternoon in the month of July

    The boats made their way to Jersey's Bonne Nuit Bay, leaving Sark in split groups at about 1430 and 1500 BST. A huge fotilla of boats come and watch the race over the 16 mile course. The course has a huge reef to navigate around 'The Paternosters' and it can be a race decider if you go North or South around the huge reef...

    Equipment: Rowing Boat, Crew and support team.

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