The Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) island of Tory lies eight miles off the north-west corner of Donegal and, despite its exposed position, has been inhabited for four thousand years. Perhaps not surprisingly, this other-worldly island managed quite well without an hotel until recently, but once Patrick and Berney Doohan's Ostan Thoraig (074 913 5920 ) was built in 1994 it quickly became the centre of the island's social activities - or, to be more precise, The People's Bar in the hotel quickly became the centre. The hotel is beside the little harbour where the ferries bring in visitors from mainland ports. Although simple, it provides comfortable en-suite accommodation with telephone and television. The hotel is open from Easter to October. A special feature of the island is its 'school' of primitive art (founded with the support of well-known artist the late Derek Hill of nearby Glebe House and Gallery, Church Hill). It even has a king as a founder member: the present King of the Tory is Patsy Dan Rogers, who has exhibited his colourful primitive paintings of the island throughout the British Isles and in America. A tiny gallery on Tory provides exhibition space for the current group of island artists. Tory is accessible by ferry (subject to weather conditions) from several mainland ports: telephone 074 913 1320 for details, or ask at the hotel. MasterCard, Visa. Carmen TEST
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