The Tory Island ferry is operated by Turasmara and will take you from the fishing harbours at Bunbeg and Magheroarty to the Island on board Tormór, a fully equipped and certified coastal cruiser. The service is licensed by the Department of Marine and is approved and promoted by Tourism Ireland.
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The boat trip to Tory Island (Oileán Thoraigh) is not just a panoramic sea-trip from An Bun Beag or Machaire Rabhartaigh; it is a journey through time to visit the most remote of Ireland’s inhabited islands, where time seems to have stood still. Toraigh is an island of mystery and antiquity.
Oileán Thoraigh is located some 9 miles off the coast of North West Donegal. According to legend, Toraigh was the home of Balor, the one eyed celtic god of darkness. The island has apparently been inhabited since pre-historic times and there are many features of historical and archaeological interest relating to the Iron Age and the Early Christian Era in Ireland.
Such features include the remnants of a four walled fort at the east of the island, a round tower, a T-shaped cross, which is one of only two such crosses in Ireland, the other being in Co. Clare, Saint John’s Altar and the ruins of ancient monastic buildings. Saint Colm Cille built a monastery on Toraigh in the sixth century, which thrived until mid 1595 when George Bingham, Queen Elizabeth’s Governor of Connaught raided it and destroyed everything he could not take away. Toraigh is the last remaining place in Ireland where you will find a King!
Map showing location of Tory Island, Magheroarty Pier and Bunbeg Harbour
With Turasmara (Donegal Coastal Cruises) you can experience the spectacular west Donegal coastline – Magheroarty Bay, Bloody Foreland, Horn Head, Inisbofin, Gola Island, Inismeáin, Inis Oithear and Tory Island. The cruiser operates daily from April to October and five days per week all year around.
Dog and Dolphin swimming in Tory Island Harbour
On a recent trip to Tory Island a film crew from the BBC programme, Countryfile, recorded a unique bit of footage of local dog, Ben, swimming with Duggie, the dolphin, in the island’s harbour. It’s not an unusual sight for locals as Ben swims regularly with Duggie.
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