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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 235 members. Recently by: Franky, theredyin, Lauranna, peter1, paddyobpc, dillonkdy, 21yearsgone, AdrianneB, declanohagan, Reeks2011, tomodub, mountainmike, stevebullers, benmm, maryt
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Longitude: -6.155396, Latitude: 55.045748 , Easting: 317960, Northing: 423598 Prominence: 515m,   Isolation: 2.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 717881 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 419th highest in Ireland. Trostan is the highest point in county Antrim.

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Antrim's Highest .. by group   (Show all for Trostan)
Longer but More Scenic and Enjoyable Approach .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Trostan)
Begrduger's Top .. by BleckCra   (Show all for Trostan)
This was only my second time climbing Antrim's hi .. by slemish   (Show all for Trostan)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Trostan in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
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   (Show all for Trostan)
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