Tory Island, Co Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

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  • Created: October 12, 2015
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Donegal
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Tory Island is 14.5km off the north west coast of Co Donegal, Ireland and is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. It can be reached by ferry from either Bunbeg or Magheroarty Pier, Gortahork.

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Irish and English is spoken on the island and Tory is well known for its school of 'primitive painters', who were encouraged by the famous painter, Derek Hill. One of the islands ancient customs was the appointment of an 'island king' which continues to this day. Tory's remoteness has led to the preservation of the traditions and way of life. The islanders music, song and dance will forever be remembered by the visitor.

Places to see on the island include a round tower that once protected monks from Viking raids, the ruins of St Colmcille’s 6th century monastery and the intriguing Tau Cross that suggests early seafaring links to the Coptic Christians of Egypt.

Tory's has some spectacular cliff scenery and has a great variety of plant and bird life. There are people of great talent there, artists, musicians, dancers and they are all willing to share with visitors their rich heritage.


1. Tory Island, Co Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Altitude: 21 m