Tour Itinerary

    ITINERARY for Tour

 Les Variouf

Hamlet of old Guernsey houses from 14th century.

Meaning of the name is” the place of the werewolves”. It has been featured in many advertising campaigns and newspapers because of its stunning beauty and uniqueness.

 

Creux ès Faies

Is a well preserved Megalithic passage tomb dated between 3,000 to 2,500 BC.
The passage is affectionately known as the entrance to the Fairy Kingdom in Guernsey folklore. It was thought that fairies came out at midnight on moonlit

nights to dance on the Mont Saint and L                               

 

Jerbourg Point

Stunning views over the other islands and the French coast from Guernsey’s south east tip.
Jerbourg Peninsula is in the parish of St Martin and has wonderful cliff walks in the area which carry on all along the south coast of the island. Also in this area are bird-watching hides, World War Two bunkers, a coastal kiosk, Jerbourg hotel , as well as Doyle column, erected in honour of Sir John Doyle, former Governor of the island, in recognition of his contribution to building a road network.
            Saints Bay Harbour
Pretty, sheltered bay at the end of a valley leading out onto the south coast. It is close to Saints Harbour and the walk between the two, although hilly, is attractive.
More adventurous walkers might like to extend their trek up to Icart Point, which forms the western edge of the bay and harbour.
Small fishing bay where I had my boat and fished.

  Pleimont
Enjoy magnificent views from this southwest coast spot, from which Hanois lighthouse and Lihou Island can be seen, as well as Jersey and the French coast on clear days. You will also come across the impressive WW2 German Naval observation tower which is open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays from March to October between 2-5pm.
The headland is also home to the Fairy Ring, or Tables des Pions, a ring of stones and a shallow circular trench with various tales of superstition. It is actually a 300 year old picnic bench used during inspections of the islands paths and coastal defences up until 1837, but local folklore tells tales of fair this seemingly mysterious landmark.
If you’re looking for an easy-going flat cliff walk with plenty of discovery and wildlife on your way, Pleinmont is a great choice.

 

  German  Occupation Museum

The German Occupation Museum is located on the small island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands and is owned and operated by Richard HeaumeMBE. It all began when Richard the schoolboy began collecting spent bullets in the local fields after the plough had gone by. In June 1966 Richard`s at 11 years old, his parents allowed him to use the cottage opposite their house to display his collection, bit-by-bit, purpose-built extensions to the small farming cottage, starting in 1976 with the transport corridor and tea room, in 1987 with the superb Occupation Street, and more recently in 2001 a further small extension housing a thought-provoking prison with information about the islands deportees and the tragic story of the Jewess taken away to the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp. The museum is now an extensive collection of original Occupation items and documents including many extremely rare pieces.

  Les Variouf

 

This is small hamlet of old cottages and farmhouses dating from the 14th century. It has been featured in many news papers, TV programs and advertising. In the Guernsey-French language it means “the place of the werewolf’s” and is unique.

 

  Le Gouffre

This is where Victor Hugo exiled in Guernsey spent time and one of the  areas he wrote about in Les Miserable, dedicated to the people of Guernsey for the 15 years he live in the Island he came to love.

There is also a lovely restaurant with stunning views of Jersey and France.

C’est paradis d[avoir un repas ici.

 

  Moullin De Quanteraine

Although this cache could be done as a quick park’n’grab, please take the time to view the restored water wheel. Either drive past slowly or you may park further up the hill and walk back to enjoy.  A sign near the water wheel explains about its history.
With the exception of The Granary, a self-catering property and business, the houses in the hamlet of Moulin de Quanteraine are owned by the National Trust and are privately tenanted. The location of the cache is clearly away from the tenanted properties and we respectfully request that the tenants’ land areas and privacy are respected.
Dating from the 16th Century, Le Moulin de Quanteraine is a unique farm complex which was given to the Trust in 1989 by Mrs. Elizabeth Silten. The main farmhouse has been expertly restored along with the ancient water wheel – an express wish of Mrs. Silten. The waterwheel has enjoyed two expert restorations during the last twenty years. Both times, the work was undertaken by College of Further Education students reflecting the Trust’s commitment to the preservation of traditional crafts. Le Moulin de Quanteraine was the last water mill to function in Guernsey, closing in the 1930’s. Its conservation has safeguarded an important chapter in the island’s history. This area is also the site of Guernsey’s largest water ford, a project completed by the National Trust of Guernsey in 2015. Dog walkers are expressly asked to keep their dogs on a lead as there are geese and ducks in the area.

 

  Guernsey Pearl

Welcome

Guernsey Pearl will celebrate its 25th BIrthday

in 2015. We have the most extensive

collection of Pearl Jewellery imaginable.

Fascinating exhibits are on display at our

large show rooms including an authentic

reproduction of Princess Diana’s famous dress.

Romano-Celtic trading vessel, Asterix caught fire and sank in St Peter Port harbour around AD 280.  It was rediscovered on Christmas Day, 1982, by local diver Richard Keen, and raised between 1984 and 1986.  The original ship was around 22-25 metres long, of which some 17 metres of its lower part remain.  It is the only sea-going Roman ship to survive outside the Mediterranean, other than fragments.
From 1999 to 2014 it underwent preservation work at the Mary Rose Trust.  Since its return to Guernsey, work is now underway to create a purpose built home for the Asterix.  The main timbers are currently on display in the grounds of the Guernsey Pearl and can be seen through a viewing window.  There is also a small display that explains more about the ship, how it was built and how it came to sink off Guernsey.
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Lihou Island
Lihou is a small island situated just off the west coast of Guernsey and accessed by a causeway at low tide for about two weeks every month. Lihou island has had a fascinating and varied history as well as having interesting wildlife, both above and below the high water mark.

The States of Guernsey bought Lihou Island in 1995 to guarantee access for the people of Guernsey and visitors alike. The general public are welcome to visit the island when the causeway is open. The Environment Department of the States of Guernsey are responsible for the island whilst The Lihou Charitable Trust are responsible for the house and its grounds.

The house and its facilities are orientated towards youth and school groups but also accommodates adult gatherings. The Trust has a ‘Robin Hood’ scale of charges that benefit the young. These charges are kept as low as possible.

Lihou Island is a fantastic location enabling residents to enjoy the peace and tranquility that can be sadly absent from modern life. There is no television or music system in the house but there are engaging views that are ever changing with the weather, light and tides.

Lihou is a very important nesting and roosting habitat for gulls and waders as well as migrating visitors and as such any planned activity on the Island must take this into consideration.

The house is available to anyone who wishes to book it. However due to unfortunate past experiences we do not cater for 18th, 21st birthday or stag parties. Some activities such as archery, abseiling and climbing may be booked at an extra cost and subject to the availability of the warden and weather and so on.

 

 

 Bruce Russell

If you’d like to see some classic Guernsey silverware, gold and platinum jewellery, then Bruce Russell & Son is the perfect attraction for you.
Third and fourth generation gold and silversmiths Bruce and Simon welcome you to their workshop for you to potter through their collection of jewellery and other items. During the last century, Bruce Russell & Son have been commissioned to design and craft spectacular jewellery for royalty, heads of state, and personal designs for clients worldwide.
Feel free to browse the showroom or walk around their beautiful 6 acres of gardens and nature reserve.
The grounds are also home to the acclaimed ‘Mint’ restaurant. So, if you’re feeling a bit peckish and fancy some traditional Guernsey bean jar or a local crab salad, tuck into some great food whilst enjoying the atmosphere with friends and family.’

                                                        Little Chapel

The Little Chapel was a work of art and labour of love built by Brother Déodat, who started work in March 1914. His plan was to create a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes in France. The version you see today is actually the third version.
The first, measuring a tiny 9 feet long by 4.5 feet wide, was criticised, so Brother Deodat spent the following night demolishing the building.  He soon set to work again and, in July 1914, the grotto was completed and officially blessed. This survived until September 1923; Brother Deodat demolished it in that month because the Bishop of Portsmouth had not been able to fit through the doorway.
He soon set about the construction of a third chapel – which we see today. The building operation proved laborious, collecting pebbles and broken china to decorate the shrine. Then suddenly the Little Chapel became famous, thanks to an illustrated article in the Daily Mirror. Presents poured in from around the world and Islanders brought coloured china to Les Vauxbelets with the Lieutenant-Governor offering a remarkable mother-of-pearl.
In 1939 Brother Deodat returned to France because of ill health. After his departure the care of the Little Chapel was entrusted to Brother Cephas, who continued to decorate the building until his retirement in 1965. In 1977, a committee was established to restore the chapel and today it falls under the care of Blanchelande College.
There is no charge to enter the Chapel as it relies totally on public donations. The Little Chapel is a must visit during your trip to Guernsey, and makes for a great photo opportunity.
Please note, that The Little Chapel is currently being renovated with scaffolding remaining for the rest of 2016. The scaffolding has been configured to allow access to the Chapel entrance and signage directs visitors via the path from Martyn Guille’s Clock-makers and Jewellery shop end of the site to the Chapel. The nature of the works being undertaken may result in disruption to access from time to time. 
The restoration will involve some significant improvements to the infrastructure. Martyn Guille, Silversmiths and Fine Jewellers, which is also located at Les Vauxbelets, is not affected by these works and will remain open

 

 

 

e Catioroc. Soldiers barracked at L’Eree also used the tomb as a den, so to stop this it was filled with rubble by the Officers.
The tomb is located on a small headland to the north of L’Eree Bay on Guernsey’s west coast. With an excellent information board near the entrance, Le Creux es Faies is well worth a visit.

 

Guernsey Freesia Centre

The Guernsey Freesia Centre is situated in the parish of St Sampsons in the north of Guernsey. We welcome visitors to our nursery to see the various stages of growing these exotic blooms.

We have a Gift Shop attached to our nursery where you may purchase Freesia Corms, quality Freesias and various gifts suitable for everybody.

The Freesia Centre is on a 3 acre site and here you can experience how the traditional Guernsey flower is grown under glass.
One of the main 4 flowers that were exported to Britain with   Freesia 75% Roses 25% Spray Carnation 20% and Iris 15% of the total UK market.

Savour the fragrance of these beautiful blooms while watching the planting of Corms, picking, bunching and boxing of freesias. which are prepared for despatch daily to the UK and on Mondays and Tuesdays to Europe and the Republic of Ireland.

A video showing the background of the Guernsey Flower Growing Industry is available for visitors to our Freesia Centre to watch. We take an active part in Floral Guernsey.

Guernsey Candles
A workshop and gallery/shop to visit with local candles being made.

Guernsey Candles specialise in innovative waxwork designs, using 20 tonnes of paraffin a year.

At the workshop and studio visitors can watch local craftsmen at work. A popular attraction set in an old Guernsey farmhouse, Guernsey Candles has a huge range of candles on sale, plus other gifts, in it’s shop.

 

 

Down to the coast

Vazon Bay- Albecq- Cobo Grand Rocque- Port Soif and Beaucette Mariner. This is lovely scenic views of our coast line with fortifications of different periods in our history, German, Martello/Napoleon Towers, Forts  and Castles

 

It will be about 25 to 30 minute for each drive and stop and can be adjusted if needed.

Guernsey is a triangle 25 sq miles, 7m x 4.5m x 9m and where ever you stand, no more than 2 miles from the sea.