A trip to Torrey Island

Old May 10th, 2024, 11:30 AM
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A trip to Torrey Island

Torrey Island (Torray)…..14 km off the northern Irish coast, probably dating back to 5500 BC, and I really wanted to try it. We set off early so we could get to the ferry at Magheraroarty on time and have plenty of time on the island. It's wonderful weather, windy but beautiful. However, the ferry rocks violently... Once they arrive on the island, each stranger is personally welcomed by the King of the Governors! In former times, each Irish island had a king, and the governor was the only remaining king. 150 people live on the island, electricity is available from a diesel generator, and water should only be used sparingly. A hotel, a souvenir shop and a small gallery are designed to shorten the tourist's time. We hiked through West Town and decided to climb the highest mountain on the island, Don Bhaluer, which stands at 88 metres. It should be worth it, see for yourself.

In Torry Harbor there is a so-called Tau Cross, probably dating from the 12th century, and there is only one other in Ireland. History indicates that Saint Columbus founded a monastery here before going to Iona. This saint, perhaps more important than St. Patrick, we will constantly meet in our travels through Ireland.
A circular tower on the other side of the quay wall also shows the long settlement on the island.

In the background is Dún Bhaloir, which we are about to "conquer". Since there are only two ferries daily, the flow of tourists is very limited and we will not encounter any ferries anymore. Life in Torre is certainly interesting for us, but for the locals it is limited and simple, and when the last ferry leaves around 6pm it is also lonely, and of course the boys want to get away from here. By the way, one of the most beautiful photos I've ever taken.

On the way up, a wide view of the lighthouse located at the western end of the island. What we noticed is that Torrey Island has a problem, namely rabbits. When hiking, you have to be careful not to step into one of the millions of potholes. It is certain that the plague was caused by human hands, as there are no natural enemies on the island...... Watch the reintroduction of golden eagles....

In the northeast of the island there are steep cliffs 80 meters high. They may have given the island its name. Toraigh comes from the Irish word túr, tower. This is likely the Irish Tor Re, King's Tower or Tor Re, King's Rock. Which refers to the kings of Celtic mythology. The earliest Iron Age settlements (2nd-3rd century BC) were also located on cliffs, simply because they were difficult to access with the sea inaccessible on three sides.
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Welcome to Fodors. I've never made it out there. I was headed out to Tory Island (I think that is what your meant --- not Torrey?? ) from Bunbeg on a trip several tears ago but the sailing was cancelled due to the weather. This was in the 'pre-app' days so we didn't learn about te cancellation until we were at the ferry slip.
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