Tory Island (officially Toraigh) is located approx 14,5 km (9 ml) off the northwestern coast of mainland Ireland (County Donegal). The island is approx 5 km (3 ml) long and 1 km (0,6 ml) wide and has a population of around 140 people (2011 census).
- Tory Island has no airport, but is served by regular ferries from the mainland. The ferry travels daily (April through October) and 5 times a week for the rest of the year. Ferries are passenger-only (don't take cars) and have capacity of up to 70 passengers. Due to rough sea, ferry crossings during winter months may not be possible.
- A 4-seat helicopter runs to Tory from Falcarragh (November through March) every other Thursday.
- The isle is an Important Bird Area - a breeding site for corncrakes (aka landrails) - a globally threatened species. Their numbers have fallen with intensification of agriculture.
- Tory Island features a number of mythological and historical sites, including: Balor's fort (Dun Bhaloir), located on its eastern side and surrounded on 3 sides by 90-m-high (295-ft) cliffs.
- The big key (An Eochair Mhor), a steep-sided spur sticking out from the peninsula's east side and ending in a crag named The big rock (An Tor Mor).
- The Wishing Stone is a flat-topped rock located beside the northern face of Balor's Fort. A wish is granted to anyone who steps onto the rock, or succeeds in throwing 3 stones onto it.
- The Bell Tower (An Cloigtheach) is the biggest survived structure of the monastery. The tower was built during the 6th or 7th century.
- Tau Cross (t-shaped cross) dates back from the 12th century. It's one of only 2 Tau crosses in Ireland (with the other being in Kilnaboy, County Clare).
- Grave of the Seven (Móirsheisear), translated as 'big six', is the tomb of 7 people, 6 men and 1 woman, who drowned when a boat capsized off Scoilt an Mhoirsheisear on the island's northwest coast.
- The Lighthouse, at the west end of Tory Island, was built between 1828-1832 to a design by the noted designer of Irish lighthouses, George Halpin. In April 1990, it was automated and is currently one of 3 in Ireland in which a reference station for Differential Global Positioning System is installed.
Highlights: Gaelic Island
Tory Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Tory Island dock (anchor) at An Baile Thiar (West Town) - port town on the southern coast.
The Tory Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Tory Island, Ireland.
If you lose the Tory Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Tory Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Tory Island, Ireland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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27 May, 2017