Cycle around the island
Because we couldn't get accommodation at the last minute we only spent a day on Tory - much to my regret. After being met from the ferry by the King of Tory (I kid you not), we hired bikes and cycled around the island taking in as much as we could in that short time. I won't go into any details as Sourbugger has covered most things on his page although I will say that even a day trip is well worth it to this beautiful, remote and quirky island. It is a nature lover's paradise and probably offers an abundance of things that I'm only vaguely aware of. The photo's are of the beach in the northeast of the island. If you like peace and tranquility then Tory's your man! I fully intend to return some time soon.
The Torpedo was washed ashore during World War II, defused and years later, it was erected midway between East town and West Town. It stands near the site of what was perhaps the bloodiest battle in the history of the Island. Sir Henry Foillot massacred the forces of Seán Mánais Óig Ó Domhnaill, the last Irish leader to submit to the English after the rebellion of 1698.
I think something of that independent spirit still lingers on in the imagination
- Historical Travel
Seal Watching around the lighthouse
There are many seals around the crinkled coasts of Tory Island - but you can usually be guaranteed to spot a few off the cliffs around the lighthouse.
Without a high-powered close-up lens it's difficult to show the full 'effect' of the activity, so I just include a picture of the Lighthouse (which you can't access) for reference.
It's a good (1mile approx) walk out there - very bracing. This activity can also be combined with a shore walk to see (if still relevant) the remains of 'Cabin fever'.
The wreck of Cabin fever
The success of 'Big Brother' has been replicated in many parts of the world. The Irish wanted their own version and came up with 'Cabin Fever'. Each week one member of the crew would walk the plank until only one was left.
It all went well until Friday 13th (yes I know - but it's true) in June 2003. The ship struck rocks off Tory Island and was completely smashed to bits. Thankfully all the crew and contestants were safely rescued.
Whilst a great deal has been scavanged and ended up in peoples homes on Tory, large chunks of the boat still remain intact, including one of the main masts. It would be nice if it could be dragged to the town and re-erected.
When we were there in August, you could still find 'treasure' in the form of rubbish and clothes from the sunken vessel.
- Family Travel
Only one of two 'T' shaped crosses in Ireland
The Tau Cross is very much a symbol of the island and is also a reminder of the monastic period. Situated by the pier it is carved from a single slab of mica slate.
Fishermen still pray here before going fishing.
In Local legend, it is said that a Cromwellian solider on the rampage struck the cross twice with his sword. The cross did not break - but the marks made by his sword may still be seen.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel