Island Panoramic Tour – Discovering Hidden Jersey
Spend the day on an adventure of discovery with your Jersey Uncovered Blue Badge Guide.
From pickup from your hotel, enjoy a scenic private tour of the Island to learn about our rich and diverse history.
Heading firstly out west, discover the sight of former shipyards, admire 17th Century Elizabeth Castle, and learn about the young princes who found refuge there during the English Civil War.
Follow the path of the old Jersey Western Railway, through the charming fishing village of St Aubin, to hear tales of Smugglers, Privateers and Piracy.
Pause briefly in the Village of St Aubin to stroll around the Bulwarks and along the waterfront, providing a perfect opportunity for one of those “Kodak” moments.
From St Aubin we head to Noirmont Point, a commanding headland once held by the German Occupying forces, and populated still with their imposing bunkers, gun emplacements and observation towers. From this point you can admire the sweeping views of the South Coast, the 20th century fortifications overshadowing those of the 19th and 18th Centuries far below, and hear about the construction of these remarkable 20th Century fortifications, still standing strong 76 years on. The sinister echoes of the past mingle with the delightfully colourful flora and fauna covering the ancient headland.
Just five minutes drive away from Noirmont is the award winning St Brelade’s Bay, bustling with activity, and a breathtaking vista. Learn of the discovery and excavation of the site of La Cotte de St Brelade, an ice age marvel.
Hear also of two heroines of WW2 who lived in the Bay, and visit our charming Parish Church of St Brelade, and fisherman’s chapel.
After a brief stop for refreshments in the picturesque bay, we travel on to the dramatic South West coast to admire Corbière Phare, our remarkable lighthouse, situated on a tidal Island. The lighthouse, accessible by causeway at low tide provides some fantastic photographic opportunities.
Continuing along the Coast, we head deeper into Jersey National Park Territory, to admire the vast and golden sands of St Ouen’s Bay, washed twice daily with Atlantic waves rolling in from NewFoundland. The dunes here provide a remarkable safe haven to threatened species of plant, wildlife and birdlife.
There are a number of wonderful eateries along what has now become fondly known as “the Five Mile Road”, so it allows a perfect opportunity for a light meal beachside, with lovely views, before we head on to complete our Island tour.
Heading back up into the interior of the Island, we journey across from West to East, through green leafy lanes, and across the dramatic the North Coast to visit some out of the way bays, and picturesque fishing harbours nestled into the cliffs on the North coast. Ultimately we will reach the small harbour village of Gorey nestling on the North-east coast.
Here we can enjoy a refreshing cup of tea on the balcony of one of the historic hotels nestled under the 13th Century castle, followed by a brief exploration on foot of the village and harbour, steeped in history.
We return along the coast to St Helier via the historic harbours of La Rocque, Le Hocq and Green Island. At La Rocque you can see the landing site of the French troops, who in 1781 landed here under the leadership of Baron Philippe de Rullecourt, intent on taking the Island back from the French. This part of the coast is also a designated Ramsar site, an area of great wetland importance, and offers a wonderful opportunity to see a vast array of sea birds, and possibly a dolphin or two depending on the tide.
The tour will wrap up at Green Island, one of our prettiest east coast beaches before we return you to your hotel for a well earned rest before supper.
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