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Trostan Mountain Trostán A name in Irish
(Ir. Trostán [DUPN], 'pole/staff' [DUPN]) County Highpoint of Antrim, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 550m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 9 Grid Reference: D17960 23598 This summit has been logged as climbed by 240 members. Recently by: paulmcquaid, Helenha, CaminoPat, JakeG, danifergie87, Franky, theredyin, Lauranna, peter1, paddyobpc, dillonkdy, 21yearsgone, AdrianneB, declanohagan, Reeks2011
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Longitude: -6.155365, Latitude: 55.045747 , Easting: 317960, Northing: 423598 Prominence: 515m,   Isolation: 2.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 717883 923581,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Trstn, 10 char: Trostan
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Upper Basalt Formation)

Joyce's suggestion (INP, iii, 586) that this peak is so named because of its resemblance to a pilgrim's staff with a crooked top seems without foundation.   Trostan is the highest mountain in the Antrim Hills area and the 418th highest in Ireland. Trostan is the highest point in county Antrim.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Trostan in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: Trostan (left) and Slievenanee from Knocklayd
 
Antrim's Highest
Short Summary created by Peter Walker, gerrym,  10 Aug 2014
Consensus suggests that Antrim's scenic wonders mostly lie on the coast and in the valleys, and Trostan bears this out. Its height is its only overt distinction, being otherwise a high plateau of varying degrees of saturation underfoot and assorted levels of peat erosion.

Consensus promotes the use of the waymarked Moyle Way to approach Trostan. From the south start from the small layby opposite the entrance to Glenarrif Forest Park (201207 A) or at Essathohan Bridge (190217 B). The Moyle Way can also be used from the west (start at (157238 C)) which is probably an easier ascent, but it is not as attractive -unless of course doing the whole Way!

The Way is well used and can be difficult in places, especially if wet. There is varied walking - through the forest, following the river and then open hillside. The Moyle Way is left as head north for the summit - a fenceline runs up over the broad flat summit area, not far from the cairn and trig pillar which stand high over the eroded landscape. Views can be far reaching and spectacular on a good day.

Antrim's second highest summit, Slievenanee, lies a bedraggled 2.5km to the SSW. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/5120/
 
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Picture: View of Tievebulliagh from the track
Longer but More Scenic and Enjoyable Approach
by dr_banuska  20 Oct 2016
This was my 4th visit to Trostan: 1st was via neighbouring Slievenanee and 2nd and 3rd were via the perpetually wet Moyle Way/Ulster Way approach to the west. On the 3rd visit we did the entire MW over 2 days and came down Trostan via the hellish 'route' through part of Glenariff Forest Park to the SE of the mountain.

This time we chose a new route I'd spotted on the map after the last time. This involved following a track which arcs around the E and N of the mountain. We parked at a small lay-by on the B14 road at 193220 D then walked NE to the forest edge on our left. We crossed a fence with a handy plastic tube then followed the line of the forest a short distance to reach the track, which is more a grassy path. From here we followed the track NE until it split then followed the main spur which passes under a line of cliffs on Trostan's eastern slopes.

This route is delightful, with a gentle incline and fine views of the the cliffs above and of the surrounding hills and out to sea. The steep eastern face of nearby Tievebulliagh rose from the surrounding bog, with a rainbow to the right. The route passes a large grassy mound which you can walk up, as well as several waterfalls. The evening sun was almost blinding as we rounded the northern slopes and walked the last section of the track, which ends at a fence running from Trostan to Tievebulliagh (182244 E). From here it's a wet enough slog to the summit trig, but definitely not as bad as the MW route. The evening light was stunning on Trostan's barren, reddish top and views included south to Slemish, the Belfast Hills and Lough Neagh, west as far as Inishowen and north across Rathlin Island to Islay. The cliffs of the Mull of Kintyre came in and out of focus.

As light was fading we chose to take a more direct route down by heading parallel to the forest edge. The terrain was fine at first but got tougher near the bottom. We entered the northeastern offshoot of the forest by climbing under a fence over a stream (191223 F) but felling had taken place here and the ground was very wet and uneven. We eventually reached the road by climbing the fence next to a bridge, with the car just a short distance to our right. Ideally we should have avoided the forest altogether and if we'd had more time could have aimed for the track again, while not following its entire route.

Overall though this was a very enjoyable hike which gave a totally new perspective on Trostan. I'd definitely recommend using the track if you have time. Our entire loop was still only 6.9kms.

I've written a blog post on the route if you'd like to see more photos: https://hikecycleireland.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/trostan-a-longer-but-more-enjoyable-approach/ Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/18661/
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Begrduger's Top
by BleckCra  27 Aug 2016
Trostan. Something to shout about - and especially if you are sharing the shouting with a new Top of the County thingy person.
Would I have bothered? Not in my wildest nightmare, which plateau-ed out the night before, with the wind measuring thing coming off its stem, the rain relentless and a hill flagged up on this website as the wettest place on the planet - on the memo pad for the morning.
A dour trail through a grey Ballymena and the hint of high ground on the horizon, spufflicated in satanic blackness.
The thing is all of 500ms - apparently I should bring welly boots - and the whole experience is a disappointment at all points. So goes the story.
Forward a mile, turn go back half a mile, forward quarter of a mile, turn go back .... blah blah ..... and X marks the spot where the Moyle Way advertises itself with an arrow the size of Tinkerbell's arse tattoo.
The Start and a hint of sun.
A bemused trudge out past an enthusiastic water fall, an emerging carpet of pretty moss and scarlet mushrooms, silver sunbeams lit the way and a slow realisation that the day might just be memorable.
A grassy ride shared with scudding clouds and blazing sun took us to a barren, unprepossessing summit and completely spectacular panoramas of open sea, strange islands, the wildest hill and bog and sibling nations seemingly at our fingertips.
My companion hugged the trig point, hugged me, produced a shot each of Laphraoig .......... then hugged the moment (sic) of her achievement and I imagine still does.
Trostan Co Antrim. Damp? A little. Inaccessible? By a blind man on a stick. Disappointing? Not even to the most awful begrudger.
Congratulations county top woman. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/15080/
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Picture: Looking north-east from Trostan summit towards Lurigethan
slemish on Trostan, 2009
by slemish  27 Mar 2009
This was only my second time climbing Antrim's highest mountain and I would agree with the other comments - expect boggy wetness and plenty of it. Wellies an absolute must - even then I sank into the bog over knee height a couple of times. I parked at the Essathohan bridge and followed the Moyle way up as far as the lovely waterfall. Forget using the Moyle way through the rest of the forest - it's just too boggy. Turn right after the waterfall through the firebreak until you come to the edge of the forest. Then turn left and go straight up the hill, keeping the fence on your left until near the summit where you veer off right. The summit area is large and thankfully, devoid of peat. The sun came out just as I was approaching the large cairn and trig pillar on the summit at 550m, allowing fine views to the north-east. The village of Cushendall framed by the dramatic slopes of Lurigethan and Tievebulliagh was a breathtaking sight, Kintyre just about visible on the horizon. Good views also to Slemish, Slievenanee, Slieveanorra and Knocklayd. I was surprised to see large volumes of snow and ice still on the summit. It was incredibly windy and bitingly cold so I quickly descended by the same route. A bit of a slog to be honest but a true wilderness experience. Total trip about 1.5 hours. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/3682/
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Picture: summit cairn and trig at sunset
 
Monarch of the Glens
by gerrym  8 Nov 2010
The Antrim Hills are my locals but I have only climbed Trostan twice in my years of walking. To be honest i feel there are better areas to explore locally such as Fair and Torr Heads, Lurigethan or the steep sided hills heading seaward from Glenariff to Cairn Neill (I think this is the best walk in the Antrim Hills and have done it countless times over the years). Trostan is the highest hill hereabouts and it does have a few saving graces.

There are relatively easy approaches from either the SE or W, following the path of the waymarked Moyle Way which passes close to the summit. There is not a great deal of satisfaction to be had unless the walk is lengthened, fortunately there are excellent opportunities to do this. I would not reccomend taking in neighbouring Slievenanee (unless you are ticking it off) - my memories are of wet and more wet, floating bog, frost and darkness - balanced against the light of Rathlin Island lighthouse sweeping over the hills and a meteor streaking through the cold night sky.
The best approach is probably from Glenariff, following the Moyle Way from the S, through the forest onto the open hillside and then veering off for the top.

The summit area of Trostan is in marked contrast to the approaches - a barren landscape of stone and rock, with a trig pillar held aloft from the eroded ground around. The summit area is extensive and a walk around will enable full appreciation of the fantastic views. To the E the Irish Sea meets the Mull of Kintyre and N the steep cliffs of Rathlin Island are backed by the Scottish islands of Islay and Jura (with the impressive Paps clearly visible on a good day). The other significant hills of Knocklayd, Slieveanorra and Slievenanee are all visible. Further away the Belfast Hills and the length of the Sperrin Hills are also visible.

I would recommend dropping off Trostan to the E as there is a significant area of steep rocky bluffs which would not normally be seen if using the Moyle Way routes. The Antrim Hills and Glens may not be that high but there is a great variety for the walker and some really impressive scenery created the last time we had glaciers for company. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/829/
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Squidgy Slog
by tsunami  19 Feb 2013
We each have our favourite mountain, and those that stick in our heads can inevitably be summarised by one word - majestic, magical, and treacherous as examples. For Trostan I’m going with – squidgy! 550m of soul destroying, strength sapping Squidginess to be precise! Thankfully this has now been ticked off my County High Points list and I need not feel compelled to return.

The walk started out very promising. I parked in the picturesque Glenariff Forest and set off along the Moyle Way . Crossing a style opposite the entrance to the forest and along the gravel paths to emerge on the Cushendall Road at the old Essathohan Railway Bridge . I continued to follow the Moyle Way sign posts and crossed a style just the North East of the bridge and began the boggy “slog” up the slopes towards the mountain proper. Some welcome respite from the wet ground conditions was provided by the pretty Essathohan Waterfall at the edge of the forest – however this is where the going gets trickier.

I took the advice provided by some of the reviewers on Mountainviews.ie and turned to the right – away from the Moyle Way and along a firebreak skirting the edge of the forest. A fence and style is reached which then provides a guide almost all the way to the summit across the most unrelenting bog – only made easier in some places as it was still frozen. While it pays to always be thinking 3-4 steps ahead in this terrain, this was almost impossible when you couldn’t guarantee that you next step would be a dry one!

After 1hr 10mins of this soul destroying, strength sapping slog, the bog remarkably gives way to the most barren, desolate “moonscape” around the summit. On a clear day the views would be truly spectacular, but surrounding haze and valley fog limited the view considerably today. I spent 20 minutes on the summit - forgetting the painful walk to get here, only to suddenly remember that I had to return.

I made an “executive” decision not to retrace my wet steps, but to take a more SW descent and link up with the Moyle Way again. Crossing a style and two more fences, the waymarkers came into view and led me back down to the forest edge, at which point things took a dramatic turn for the worse! I wonder, could Moyle District Council tell me, what is the point of a way marked walk, through a forest which is impossible to follow by way of posts, totally impassable due to fallen trees and deep bog? I totally lost my way and had to rely on the compass and map to get back on track – 400m east of where I thought I was! Even after rejoining the path it again disappeared after re-entering the forest and I had to walk in the brook almost all the way back to the waterfall.

The best advice I can therefore offer today is thus. If you are bagging peaks, or ticking off the County High Points, avoid the Moyle Way completely, take your chances on the open mountain following the fence. If you are not bagging peaks, or ticking off the County High Points, avoid Trostan! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/14930/
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