Tory Island

An Cloigtheach / Round Tower in the centre of West Town
Gailearaí Dixon / Dixon's Gallery containing the work of the Tory painters
View of church and graveyard
An Chros Tau / Tau Cross near the harbour
Rocks on the north coast of Tory Island
Teach an tSolais / Lighthouse
Words alone, no matter how finely woven, could never give a true impression of the rugged beauty of Tory, the indomitable spirit of its people or their rich cultural inheritance. This remote island, two and a half miles long and three quarters of a mile wide, withstands the full fury of the North Atlantic winter to blossom once again in the soft summer sunlight. But through the changing seasons, one thing remains constant, the Islanders themselves.

The people of Tory are resilient and independent as indeed they must be to survive the harsh winters. However, hey know how to enjoy themselves and their music and dance, song and story are the vibrant expressions of a distinctive Gaelic culture.

The islanders, the towering cliffs, the monastic ruins, the lingering shadow of the legendary cyclops, Balor; all of these and more await the visitor to Tory.

Tory! a Unique Experience!

Ní thig le focail amháin cur sios a dhéanamh ar áilleacht scirdiúil de chuid Thoraí, ar spiorad dochloite a mhuintiresean nó ar a n-oidhreacht shaibir chultúrtha. Seasann an t-oileán largúlta sea (2½ mile ar fad, agus ¾ mile ar leithead) na Geimhrí fíochmhara le bláthú aris faoin ngrian bhog an tSamhraidh. Ach, ó shéasúr go séasúr, fanann rud amháin gan athrú; muintir an oileáin iad féin.

Tá muintir Thorai buanseasmhach agus neamhspléach mar atá orthu a bheith le cur suas leis na Geimhrí garbha. Tá a fhios acu, áfach, an dóigh chun sult a bhaint as an saol, agus maireann cultúr dearscnaitheach Gaelach ina gcuid ceoilagus damhsa, amhráin agus seanchais.

Na daoine, na h-aillte arda, na h-iarsmaí manachúla agus scáth Bhaloir Na Súile Nimhe; tá siad uilig ag fanacht ar an gcuairteoir go Oileán Thorai.

Toraigh! Eachtra foi Leith!