Forget every negative comment written on this site about Tory Island
Myself and friends (altogether there are 16 of us) book different kinds of breaks in Ireland two or three times a year and this Easter 9 of us went to stay on Tory Island for 2/3 days.
The Island is windswept and wild and rocky, with some of the most beautiful cliff and rock formations on its northern coast. The walks are very accessible, well signposted with resting spots along the way. The island is scrupulously clean and the people of Tory are very friendly and welcoming.
We stayed in the Harbour Hotel we were met at the ferry by the owners who took our bags to the hotel in their 4X4 (and took them back there at the end of the stay).
The Hotel has a very nice bar where the King of Tory Patsy, plays his accordian of a night. There is a nice airy dining room, a small lounge with pool table and each of the bedrooms are newly decorated with very clean and spacious bathrooms.
Breakfast was very good with choices of cereals, fruit, full Irish, scrambled eggs, toast etc etc. We ate there on both nights, food ranges from €11 - €15 in the dining room and there is a good variety e.g. salmon, fish and Chips Chicken, beef in a guinness sauce and steak. Desserts are to die for, the cook is an islander and her chocolate fudge cake (with ice cream) is highly recommended.
Drink prices are reasonable - a pint of guinness €3.80, a Bottle of chianti €18.
Price for our stay was €30 per person sharing, €35 single supplement.
Many many thanks to owners Patricia Doherty and her husband for making the stay so enjoyable.
If you get a chance visit this little gem and stay for a day or so you won't regret it - the ferry company is very accommodating (we were able to bring sea kayaks across at no extra cost). It only costs €26 return and is free for anyone with senior citizen (hope I don't insult anyone with that term) travel card
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All rooms are private and en-suite with shower and bath facilities. Also family and disabled rooms available. ... more less