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Toraigh (Tory Island)
Tory Island - Toraigh, Co. Donegal
Lying 12km off north Donegal, Toraigh (Tory Island) is the most remote of Ireland’s inhabited islands, with enduring local traditions, unique historical sites and rare bird life.

Toraigh is an island of mystery and antiquity. The island's remoteness has led to the preservation of the traditions and way of life of its resilient and independent residents. Their music, dance, song and stories are living expressions of an ancient Gaelic culture. Many of Toraigh’s ancient customs still survive, including the appointment of the island king or Rí Thoraí.

Toraigh is famous for its school of painters who were encouraged by the late Derek Hill, an internationally famous portrait and landscape painter. Gailearaí Dixon exhibits the work of island artists.

Visitors to Toraigh can peruse historical sites 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. The island also boasts an abundance of rare bird life and wild flower species as well as a rich submarine landscape that can be explored through the local dive centre.

Hop aboard a ferry from Magheroarty to explore Toraigh's fascinating history and enduring culture.

Tips from locals

When visiting between March and September look out for puffins, who nest on the island at that time of year.

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Tory Island, Co. Donegal, Ireland
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