"Step back 60 years" Tory Island by sourbugger

Tory Island Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 19 photos

Tory Island County Donegal is situated 11 kilometres off the North West Coast of Ireland. The people of Ireland regard Tory Island as being the jewel in the crown of islands off the coast of Ireland.

The people of Tory Island (Gaeltacht) refer to the mainland as "the country". Tory Island derives its name from the high pinnacle cliffs eroded by the battering swells of the Atlantic.

Tory Island has been populated since the age of Neolithic farmers four thousand years ago. Legend, which dates Tory Island back to the Bronze Age, has it that the island was occupied by a race of pirates whose god - chief was Balor of the Evil Eve.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Isolated and rugged - a blash of fresh air
  • Cons:Can get stuck there for weeks
  • In a nutshell:Ireland as it used to be - for real
  • Last visit to Tory Island: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Hello, Neil! Thanks for your story about that remote place...

  • SabrinaSummerville's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    We have our own Ballymun in Waterford. It's called Ballybeg (from the Irish Baile Beag - Little Town). I wonder what the irish word for the "MUN" is?

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    That is a tiny island. One would have to choose their traveling companions carefully before going there in the wintertime. Another great page.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Of course getting marooned here would be a great excuse to be late getting back to work after the holiday! And thank you for the directions to the sea - I was wondering where it was ;) Seriously though, great page as always!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2006 at 8:02 AM

    What a marvellous place. Was wondering how long it was but found the answer in your tip on jogging. The ferry certainly keeps strange regulations!!!

  • orlikins's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2006 at 2:00 AM

    we're thinking of camping here in the summer - guess we had better pack well! :-)

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    Really special! smaller and more isolated than the Isle of Man which is my only experience up there in your areas. So now you can catch your own fish! Bravo!

  • BerniShand's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 4:29 AM

    ok so now I want to go here too perhaps people wear heavy coats in Winter, and thats why less are allowed on the ferry

  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2005 at 9:24 AM

    Did you meet the "King" of Tory Island, as described in the book by Tony Hawks "Round Ireland..."?

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2005 at 8:55 AM

    What a mad place. Cut off from 'the country". Love it.


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