Welcome to Alderney, the tiny Channel Island that boasts nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine a year - one for each of its 2,000 inhabitants. Just 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, this island is home to a blissfully mild climate and dramatic coastline, making it the perfect spot for weekend breaks, family holidays and business trips alike.
Fly direct from Southampton Airport in 45 minutes with Aurigny Airlines. With a history that dates back to Roman times, there’s always time to kick back, relax and experience island life, the Alderney way.
It might be tiny, but there’s a whole world to explore.
Aurigny Airlines operate up to 5 flights a day direct from Southampton Airport. These prop planes can be noisy, so if you’re travelling with the kids you might want to pack some ear plugs for the short hop. And because Alderney is rabies-free, you can take your furry friends along, too. Dogs – and cats - fly in the cabin with you but please contact the airline for more details before you go.
Once you’re on the ground, ABC Taxis, Island Taxis or Central Taxis, can take you to where you need to be. Car hire is from Braye Car Hire.
Top things to see and do
Cycling round the island is safe and easy. Cycle and Surf hires bikes from £9 per day, or less for longer hires.
The rare blonde hedgehog is totally flea-free and one of the shyest island residents. Walking tours from the Alderney Wildlife Trust are a great way to discover unique wildlife.
Craggy coastlines and powerful rip tides mean centuries of shipwrecks, as far back as Elizabethan times.
Off the beaten track
It’s not surprising that Alderney is teeming with eating places to tuck into fresh crab, lobster and locally caught seafood. Visit in May for the annual Seafood Festival.
Go island-hopping and make the most out of your Channel Island adventure. With its close proximity to France, dine out on Moules Frites one day, and watch the world go by on car-free Sark the next.
The Landmark Trust offers lucky guests the opportunity to stay in the amazing Fort Clonque.