Tory Island Hotel off the coast of Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way could be yours
The Tory Island Hotel off the coast of Co Donegal is currently for sale with an asking price of €400K ($447K).
Tory Island has a modest population of around 140 islanders, which doubles during the summer. Set off the coast of Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way, Tory Island is steeped in history, mythology, and folklore. The island outpost has long been a favorite getaway for artists, nature-lovers, bird watchers and many who simply want to switch off for a few days.
As part of the Donegal Gaeltacht, Tory Island has one of the highest rates of native Irish speakers anywhere in Ireland.
The Tory Island Hotel - or Óstan Thóraigh in Irish - is the only hotel on the secluded Irish island and can only be reached by an hour-long ferry journey which operates four times daily in the summer and twice daily in the winter.
For sale by owner Sean Doherty, who was also Tory Island’s former lighthouse keeper, the hotel features 14 bedrooms, a bar, and a restaurant.
The family-owned and run hotel is the biggest employer on the island and has been a focal point for many of the island’s historic moments since the 19th century.
The business dates from the late 1800s, when the Ward family operated the hotel and a general store, supplying everything from salted fish to marine chandlery. The store traded with passing ships while people from what Tory islanders call ‘the country’ also made regular shopping trips to Wards from the mainland.
Roger Casement once stayed at the hotel and Easter Proclamation Signatory Joseph Mary Plunkett sent a postcard from the hotel on his second visit to the island in 1914. He wrote that he did not stay in the hotel, however, as Mr Ward was “very Sombre”.
Óstan Thóraigh is described by real estate agent Glen Estates as a “fantastic opportunity to acquire a landmark property with huge potential.”
Gareth McLarnon, from Glen Estates in Letterkenny, says: “The Tory Island Hotel is an iconic building situated in a thriving seasonal tourism destination.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a landmark property with huge potential. It is a chance for someone to embrace island life in a strong community on one of Ireland’s most beautifully scenic islands located off the coast of Ireland’s most northerly county.”
“Properties like this don’t come to market very often in Ireland and we are expecting quite a bit of interest in this unique opportunity. This wonderful island hotel is on the market for around the same price as two-bedroom apartment in parts of Dublin.”
The closing date for offers is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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