The Bell Tower is the only surviving round tower in Donegal. Although it’s nearly 13 metres tall, it is among the smallest of these towers in Ireland. Its date is not known but could be as late as the 12th century.
The granite stones used to make the tower would have been found on local beaches.
The tower is associated with the monastic settlement on Tory. It originally had three floors and might have also been used as a look-out tower for the islanders.
Clog Cholm Cille – Colmcille’s bell – was hung in the tower until the late 18th century when it was removed after the tower was damaged by lightening. The bell has been missing since the 19th century.
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