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Getting Around Sark & Herm



Road Quality

The road surface in Sark is affectionately dubbed 'Sark tarmac' by the locals, but the roads in both Herm and Sark are essentially dirt tracks. They are reasonably well maintained, although they can become waterlogged in the winter. The islands have a network of footpaths that are the best means of both exploring and getting A to B. Contact the respective tourist boards for more information.


During the summer season (May-September) horse and carriage 'taxis' wait at the top of harbour hill to offer sightseeing tours. Out of season, horse and carts can still be booked through the Sark Visitor Centre. On arrival at the island, you will be greeted by the Harbour Hill transport, a tractor-drawn trailer, which takes passengers and their luggage up the hill to the village. Transfer by tractor from the village can be booked via your hotel. Visitors to Herm should arrange luggage transfers via quad bike with their hotel.


Most tourists choose to explore Sark by bicycle and bikes are for hire from Avenue Cycle Hire close to the harbour (tel: (01481) 832 102; or from A to B Cycles (tel: (01481) 832844). On Herm, however, bikes are banned and the only way to avoid walking is to arrange a lift on a quad bike or tractor.


There is a blanket speed limit of 10mph (16kph) across the islands.


All carriage drivers must obtain a Carriage Drivers Licence.



For visiting yachtsmen, there are public yellow buoy moorings at Havre Gosselin on the west coast of Sark, and at La Gréve de la Ville bay on the east coast. Kayaks are available for hire with Outdoor Guernsey (tel: (01481) 267 627; You can also book a boat trip around Sark with George Guille’s Island Boat Trips (tel: (01481) 832 345).

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