Welcome to Herm
Just 1.5 miles long and half a mile wide, tiny, traffic-free Herm (www.herm.com) has a long and colourful history. Inhabited since around 8000 BC, it's been home to hunter-gatherers, Neolithic farmers (whose tombs dot the north end of the island), monks, pirates, smugglers and Nazis. It's been a hunting reserve for the wealthy, a granite quarry, a farm and finally a recognised RAMSAR site – an important breeding ground for puffins and other seabirds. Run by the Singer family, the island attracts day trippers from Guernsey, sun worshippers and hikers keen to leave civilisation behind for a day or two.