Alderney is a small and unspoilt island paradise, lying 8 miles off the Normandy coast. It is just 3.5 miles long (5km) and is the most northerly and the third largest of the Channel Islands, with its own government. It has managed to avoid any mainstream tourism, retaining a serene environment which is rich in flora and fauna. The capital of the island is St Anne’s, a picturesque community with a post office, banks and stores. For those enjoying a self-catering holiday rental on Alderney, there are plenty of old pubs and restaurants to make dining out and chatting with the locals a real pleasure.
Alderney is popular with walkers and cyclists who enjoy walking the rugged clifftops and serene countryside. Golfing and fishing are also available. The island is a haven for nature-lovers and birdspotters. The island is home to around 300 species of bird and has an estimated 2% of the world’s gannet population. It is also known for its beautiful carpets of wild flowers. The sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing, reading, boating and swimming in the clear water. Two of the most popular beaches to head for (or avoid if you like solitude!) are Branve and Longis Beach. Browse the local shops at St Anne’s or dine out in the restaurants which have a very good reputation for fine cuisine, with plenty of fresh seafood available. Alderney hosts more than 30 social, cultural and sporting events from angling and swimming to seafood and music so there is always something to provide entertainment. Visitors can take a ride on the Alderney Railway which features a diesel train pulling old carriages from the London Underground!
St Anne’s, the island’s quaint main town, features cobbled streets and colourful old cottages clustered around the impressive Cathedral of the Channel Islands, the focal point of the community. It is one of the largest places of worship on the Channel Islands and is home to the Alderney Society Museum which documents the history of Alderney right back to Neolithic times. Alderney’s historic lighthouse is at the east end of the island near Quesnard Point and was constructed in 1912. It is 32m (96 feet) high and visitors can climb to the top for great sea views.
Alderney has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures from April to October, the main season for Alderney holiday rentals, averages 20-21°C (68-70°F) with up to 260 hours of sunshine per month, Rainfall is heavier in the cooler months.
Flights are available to your Alderney holiday rental through Aurigny Air Services which operates from Alderney (ACI) Airport to Guernsey and Southampton. Other companies offer flights to Alderney from Bournemouth, Brighton, Jersey, Guernsey and Paris Beauvais. Ferries are also available to Alderney from Guernsey. Getting around this small island is easy on foot, by bicycle or by local taxi.