The island of Sark, nestled in the English Channel just off the Normandy coast, is the fourth smallest of the Channel Islands. Although a part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, Sark is unique with its own parliament and laws.
A visitor’s first sight of the island will be that of a towering cliff topped by steep common lands called cotils, covered in bluebells, thrift and daisies in the spring, which turn green and eventually bronze on the autumn. A myriad of seabirds are always overhead and dolphins may also be seen in the waters occasionally.
There are no cars on Sark; transportation is provided by tractors, bikes or horse and carriages. Life on the island is leisurely and relaxed. The island is suited for peace and quiet; it can be your haven from a noisy environment. This is the perfect place to run away to if what you seek is total rest, relaxation and quietness. Naturalists are attracted to Sark for its wide variety of flowers, butterflies and birds. If fishing is what you desire, you can enjoy a peaceful day on the rocks while divers can explore the crystal waters, which are teeming with a variety of marine life. Many visitors to the island just visit for the tranquility and spend days doing nothing but swimming or walking along the many coastal pathways.
Visitors to Sark can disembark at the Sark Quay and choose to either walk up the harbour hill footpath, which will take them to the village. They will be greeted by a wide selection of quaint shops and cafes. If they do not wish to walk they can take a seat on the “toast-rack”, a tractor drawn bus. Sark has accommodations at its many hotels, guest houses or self catering cottages.
The possibilities for exploring are endless on Sark; go on a picnic over the narrow Coupee to Little Sark and Port Gorney or walk over to the Eperquerie Common and visit the beautiful Seigneurie Gardens. No matter where on this beautiful island you wander you will find many scenic picnic spots.
At night, Sark is a haven for stargazers. The unpolluted night sky with thousands of bright stars visible to the naked eyes attracts many visitors especially during the winter months. Sark gained the distinction of being awarded the International Dark Sky Association in January 2011 for its exceptional quality of unpolluted darkness, and became the world’s first Dark Sky Island.