About the tour
A Wild Island Immersion
The island of Tory (Toraigh in Irish means steep, rocky heights) sits 14km off the coast of the North West of Ireland and is a dramatic and mythic jewel in Irish history and heritage. Tory has a resident population who speak Irish, or Gaeilge, and who have a long and vibrant lineage stretching back to ancient times.
Walking the Edge- a Wild Island Immersion is a walking tour and rare opportunity to have the insider’s view of life in this unique place on the extreme edge of Europe. Stories of seafaring, legendary conflict and survival intertwine with the dramatic coastline and a wealth of marine life which resides peacefully there.
The tour is guided by Aodh or Hugh, a native Irish speaker working on the island and can be taken in the Irish or English language. It includes a discussion with a resident islander, and a walking tour laying bare the wild-life, history, mythology, and indigenous face of Ireland.
The tour can be taken as a day tour or as a day tour plus overnight. The day tour will comprise a 2-3 hour walk on the island, with the opportunity for a sea swim before you depart for home. The overnight tour will comprise two walks, a longer afternoon walk on arrival and a shorter walk the following morning, with an optional sea swim .
Overnight accommodation is in the Tory Island Hotel and evening meal and breakfast is included in the overnight tour price based on double or twin occupancy. Single occupancy upgrade is available on request.
Ferry cost (€10-25 depending on age) is NOT included and can be booked locally or on-line at www.toryferry.com in advance of arrival. Family and group tickets are available. Please note the ferry departs from Magheraroarty Pier promptly and responsibility for travel to/from the ferry port and for early arrival is entirely yours.
Bespoke packed lunches are available on this tour on request and can be quoted separately.
Meet Our Instructors
Aodh Mac Gairbheá
“Is áit draoíchtach fíor-álainn é Oiléan Thoraí”, deireann Aodh as Rann na Feinste.
Is as Rann na Feirste Aodh Mac Gairbheá agus tá sé ina chónaí ansin lena bhean chéile agus a chuid páistí. Is ceantar Gaeltachta é Rann na Feirste áit a bhfuil an Ghaeilge a labhairt go laethiúl ann agus is mór an ghrá atá aige dá theanga dhúchais.
Bíonn Aodh ag teagasc na Gaeilge sa mhéan scoil ar Oileán Thoraí. Tá suim faoi leith aige i dteanga, gcultúr, stair agus miotaseolaíocht an oileáin.
“Tory Island is an amazingly beautiful and magical place”, says Hugh McGarvey from Ranafast.
Ranafast is in a Gaelteacht area where Irish is spoken daily. Hugh lives there with his family and has a great love of his native tongue. He currently teaches in the secondary school on Tory Island and has a particular interest in the language, culture, history and mythology of the island.
From: €50 to €200