Stamps depict Bailiwick's key tourist attractions

Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau announces that it will issue stamps depicting four map illustrations of Guernsey’s St Peter Port and the neighbouring islands of Herm, Sark and Lihou, which highlight some of the Bailiwick’s best known tourist spots.

The stamps have been created by Guernsey-based illustrator and designer Caroline Cummins and form part of a joint issue with SEPAC (Small European Postal Administration Cooperation) for its 2024 theme, Main Tourist Attraction (stamp issue date: 25 July 2024).


The stamps: - 

Lihou (65p)

The tiny island of Lihou is situated just off Guernsey’s west coast and is only accessible via a winding, cobbled causeway at low tide. 

Lihou and the nearby L'Eree headland were designated as Guernsey's first RAMSAR wetland site and the marine reserve is now home to more than 200 species of seaweed and 150 species of bird.

Herm (£1.20)

At only a mile and a half long by half a mile wide, car-free Herm boasts several wonderful beaches.  It is just three miles from Guernsey and accessible in only 25 minutes by boat, offering a true view of Island life.

Herm's scenic coastal paths can be walked in their entirety within a couple of hours, providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful, unspoilt beaches, sample island life, explore the natural coastline and take in spectacular views of neighbouring islands and the French coast.

St Peter Port, Guernsey (Sepac stamp £2.71)

Considered to be among Europe’s prettiest harbour towns, St Peter Port has been a busy harbour since the Roman era, when Guernsey was a key trading point between France and England. 

Standing proudly in St Peter Port is Castle Cornet, Guernsey’s ancient harbour fortress, which was isolated upon a rocky islet until the construction of a breakwater and bridge in the 19th century. Today, it houses five fascinating museums which tell the story of Guernsey’s military and maritime history.

Another popular attraction in St Peter Port is Hauteville House, which once belonged to Victor Hugo during his exile from France (1851-1870). 

Sark (£4.31)

Six miles east of Guernsey and only 20 miles from the coast of France lies Sark, the smallest of the four main Channel Islands. With just 600 residents and no cars,  Sark has earned a reputation for offering a leisurely and relaxed pace of life, which draws visitors to return year after year.

Visitors can explore the many inlets and bays hidden along the island's coastline; visit the main village to soak up its quaint charm; and explore the grounds of the 17th century manor, La Seigneurie - its award-winning walled garden being one of the finest of its kind in the British Isles with a rich diversity of flora.

Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said: - “This year’s SEPAC theme provides an opportunity to depict St Peter Port in Guernsey and the neighbouring Bailiwick islands. We’re delighted how Caroline has recreated a set of maps of popular visitor locations within the Bailiwick, presenting some of the key attractions in a light-hearted manner.

The stamp products will be available to pre-order from 11 July 2024 at www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on +44(0)1481 716486.