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Tory Island

  • Irish: Oilean Thorai
  • Historically Known As: Oilean Thu Ri

  • Type: Island
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Tory Island is is a remote inhabited island off the northern coast of the Republic of Ireland. Located in the North Atlantic, Tory Island is notable for as a place where the main language is Gaeilge and good times are to be had. Early medieval ecclesiastical ruins from Saint Columba's 16C monastery include a bell tower. The 1.38 square miles island, 5 kilometres (3 miles) long and 1 kilometre (0.6 miles), supports a population in the low hundreds and living among four towns: An Baile Thoir (East Town), An Baile Thiar (West Town), An Lar (Middletown) and Urbaile (Newtown).

Tory has no airport, but regular ferries sail from mainland County Donegal, daily. The ferry does not take cars. Tory Island Ferry sail from Bunbeg and Magheraroarty (Phone: 00353 (0) 74 9531320/9531340). Both ports are situated off the N56 and can be driven to through the towns of Letterkenny and Dunfanaghy. - AsNotedIn


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0575/00/00 Saint Columba establishes a monastery on Tory Island in the 6th century.
1595/00/00 English troops plundered and destroyed Saint Columba's monastery. The monastery's bell tower is the largest structure to survive.

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Particulars for Tory Island:
Sight Category Historic District




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