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Tory Island

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Address: Ireland
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Located only 11 kilometers from the mainland of Ireland, this small island...

Located only 11 kilometers from the mainland of Ireland, this small island features important historic attractions and excellent opportunities for bird watching.

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Pretty little island

This is definitely a unique place to visit, we went on a rainy day but enjoyed the walk out to the viewing point. The ferry over and back was very choppy but I quite like that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 July 2016
annamel4
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This island is governed by the king of Tory; Patsy Dan Rodgers, he for the most part comes to greet the passengers of the ferry after each passage. however saying this you cannot expect him to be there for every single ferry passage he does also have a loving wife and family to lovingly attend too! As for the island... More 

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1 Thank Orla D
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

When you go to Tory, a fun experience, beware that the information provided by the Ferry company on its website is totally unreliable. They cancel trips due to the weather and tides. They have the tide tables for the year, but they still cancel due to low tides. They certainly cancel due to rough weather. And it seems as if... More 

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2 Thank ChuckLud
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Disappointed with how the islanders present such a wee gem. Could be a pure gold mine if work and effort were put in. The sights that greet travellers off the boat are grim to say the least........unkept and dirty. And where were the ' friendly ' islanders?? No sense of community, no chat and definitely no smiles. The shop had... More 

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2 Thank Helen G
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

This is definitely a unique place to visit, we went on a rainy day but enjoyed the walk out to the viewing point. The ferry over and back was very choppy but I quite like that, might not be good if you get sea sick though! The hotel let us into the covered smoking area at the back as we... More 

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1 Thank annamel4
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Because I am disabled I wanted to ascertain if there was a taxi service on the island, particularly an off-road vehicle. The official tourist site for this island responded to neither emails nor phone calls so I phoned the hotel and they gave me the contact number for Patrick. For €5 each he drove myself and my daughter round the... More 

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1 Thank Richard P
Ireland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Before I went to Tory I read some very negative reviews and was expecting the worse. Was I in for a wonderful surprise. The crossing on the ferry was smooth with the sun shining down. When we landed on the island and even though it was a short walk to the hotel but they had sent a van to collect... More 

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3 Thank Caoimhe17
Wicklow, Ireland
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159 reviews
64 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

I'm proud to be able to say I first visited Tory half a lifetime ago...no hotel, two hour trawler boat trip, storm bound, B&Bs almost unknown, islanders very shy of strangers, no tourists, no electricity after midnight, no cars, lighthouse manned, no TV, the darkest darkness I ever saw and the brightest stars, telephone erratic, food running low...ah, those were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

My friend had booked me and another friend for a day and night on Tory as part of a boys road trip round the north of Ireland. One of the best nights ever! We arrived off the boat after a sunny trip where, on the boat we'd met a delightful couple who obliged by taking photos of us and generally... More 

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11 Thank MartinLCC
County Donegal, Ireland
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

Took the ferry to Tory on a beautiful sunny day without a breath of wind at Easter and it was a magical day. Met by the King of Tory as you get off the ferry and trekked around the island and enjoyed one of nature's best kept secrets. Do not go here expecting five star hotels or even restaurants that... More 

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4 Thank John F
Newtownabbey
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015

We arrived in September to discover that the Hotel and Youth Hostel were closed for the winter. There was no where for a meal. The only public toilets are not worked and it took some time to find them (beside the chapel). Tory is quite barren and with no meals it was a long day between arrival at 11.45 and... More 

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