The bittersweet story of this brave young soldier

The tale of this remarkably brave young man who returned home in order to spy on the Nazi Invaders.

We tell his tragic tale whilst strolling through the parish where he spent his formative years.

This tour is in association with No News from Guernsey by Peter Jesson – copies of the book will be available at a reduced price at the end of each tour or contact [email protected] to reserve a copy.

Price: £8 per person free for children under 12

The Tour

Based on Peter Jesson’s publication The Diary of Lieutenant Desmond Mulholland MC, we meet at the point where Desmond came ashore in July 140.

We discuss the events leading up to Desmond’s mission and the story of Churchill’s demand to know more about how the island were coping during the initial days of the Nazi occupation of Guernsey.

Join Guernsey Walking Tours as we retrace Desmond’s footsteps as he came ashore on his dangerous spying mission.

We walk through the beautiful St Martin’s countryside visiting places associated with Desmond’s family and indeed places that Desmond would have known well during his formative years on Guernsey as he attended school and first joined the military.

We also take in the story of Desmond’s step-father, the artist Arthur (Uncle Mickey) Michael the famous artist and illustrator – a charming and mysterious figure himself.


This tour has been fully endorsed by the Desmond’s family and by the author Peter Jesson.

Tour Information

Meet: Icart Car Park

Comfort Stop: Limited once tour commences

End Location: Icart Car Park

Perry’s Map Reference: STM 30B5

Start Time: 2pm prompt

Duration: Two and a half hours – Approx.

Graded: Ramble / Medium

Buses: from St Peter Port: 91 (correct at the time of writing) Please check with CT Plus

When: Saturday 6th July, Saturday 20th July, Saturday 28th July

Additional Information:

Route: We start in the parish of St Martins, at Icart Point. This is very close to where Desmond came ashore with 2nd Lieutenant Philip Martel in July 1940.

We take the cliff paths easterly through St Martin’s and visit many of the localities associated with both Desmond and his step-father artist, Uncle Mickey.

Terrain: We will be avoiding main roads as much as possible. Therefore, we will be seeking to enjoy the countryside thus we will be meandering through quiet lanes, green lanes and little known tracks – all with access to the public. We do utilise the cliff paths so expect some inclines

Refreshments: – Please feel free bring a hot drink flask or cold water etc. We will plenty of time for refreshment stops.

Clothing and footwear: Please ensure that you wear suitable clothing for the time of year and – very important – suitable footwear as we will be taking in some variable surfaces which at this time could still be wet and sticky.

Booking: Booking is essential – To book this tour please go to the Availability tab.

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