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Truskmore Mountain Trosc Mór A name in Irish
(Ir. Trosc Mór [OSI], 'big [obscure element]') County Highpoint of Sligo, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Pale orthoquartzitic sandstone Bedrock

Height: 647m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 16 Grid Reference: G75899 47348
Place visited by 319 members. Recently by: eejaymm, wallr, gleesono, magnumpig, hugh_oc, jillsteer, TommyMc, gaelbrad, conorjob, Liamob, Oileanach, FrankMc1964, Sandragiron, johntaraking, Turlo143
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Longitude: -8.371623, Latitude: 54.374208 , Easting: 175899, Northing: 347348 Prominence: 560m,  Isolation: 0.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 575854 847348,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Trskmr, 10 char: Truskmore
Bedrock type: Pale orthoquartzitic sandstone, (Glenade Sandstone Formation)

Truskmore is the highest mountain in the Dartry Mountains area and the 206th highest in Ireland. Truskmore is the highest point in county Sligo.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Truskmore in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Truskmore from the head of Gleniff
 
The Height of Sligo
Short Summary created by simon3, Peter Walker,  23 Jan 2017
The Dartry Mountains are among the most distinctive in Ireland, so it's unfortunate that their highest hill is one of the least distinctive in the range. Once one gets away from the signature steep lower slopes the upper reaches are lacking in interest save for the expansive views and the crowning RTE transmitting contraptions. This is the highest top in Sligo, and the highest point in Leitrim also resides on its summit slopes.

The most straightforward route of ascent follows the access road to said transmitters which snakes up from the head of Gleniff to the north starting at (744 468 A); parking is available but very limited hereabouts. More judgment is required in approaching from Glencar to the south; starting from the car park 200m west of the Glencar Waterfall (756 436 B) follow the track winding north through the trees to the top of the escarpment, forking right at a junction and then making your own way across the plateau to Truskmore, where the RTE station will be obvious in good conditions.

Please note that access in this area has been historically poor; that situation has improved in recent years, but it goes without saying that cars should be parked with due regard to the needs of the locals. People accessing from G788 476 C and the E or NE side of the summit have reported antagonistic access issues. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/4961/
 
New Comment: Walking from the Leitrim side.
by gleesono  31 May 2018
To the start of walk: Leave Sligo on the N16 road to Manorhamilton. Take the well signposted turn left for Glencar Waterfall. Follow this road until you come to a small parking area by the side of the lake , just before the Waterfall car park. You will know you are at the right place if you can see a green roofed boat shed ahead of you. There is also a road opposite with a yellow walking marker pointing up this road.
Folow this road as it snakes and bends through a mature coillte forest. Try not to look down to the right as the road climbs as this beautiful forest is being destroyed by illegal dumping. Ignore any turn to the left. You will come to a pair of gates. If you want to shorten the walk there is limited parking here. You are now at the start of what is called the Dooneens Walk and you will see one of many information signs regarding same on the left. Follow this path up the hill until you come to a turn to the right ( signposted Dooneens walk). Take this and continue past a picknic table. On a clear day you should see the mast on Truskmore straight ahead. You will also pass the memorial to Frank Finn, a famous singer from Sligo, who passed away while walking there.
After this you will come to the end of the Dooneens Walk (G:76099:45078). Again, there is an information sign here. If you stand facing the sign, Truskmore is straight ahead ( 6 degrees West of North on a bearing of 354 degrees magnetic). You could walk across open ground between the two high mounds straight ahead but you would find yourself with a difficult climb over two ridges. If you look at the sign it shows three mounds (you can only see two from here. The third one is hidden to the left of these two). Still facing the sign what looks like an overgrown tractor track contines on your left for about 100 or so metres. Go to the end of this track and look back over to the mounds and you will now see the third mound. To get to Truskmore you should head up to the left of this mound. Eventually you will come up onto the service road to Truskmore(G:75373:46485). Go right and follow this road up to the summit. The Sligo trig is behind the Mast complex perimeter on the left hand side(G:74391:46825). Make your way back past the Mast complex on a grid bearing 120 degrees for about 500m to arrive at the Leitrim summit cairn ( G:76312:47096). Retrace your steps and go back down the service road until you come to a cattle grid (G:75373:46485). This is your place to turn left and head back down the mountain to the Dooneens walk.
The walk is almost 14 Km and took us overall 4 hours and 15 minutes, of which 3 hours were walking (4.2 km per hour average). Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/19934/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Truskmore in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Lenghts of falling ice faintly visible through the fog.
wicklore on Truskmore, 2010
by wicklore  1 Feb 2010
One of the things I’ve noticed when climbing hills with masts or wind turbines on top are the signs that warn of the danger of ice falling from them. I have never really needed to pay much attention to those signs until yesterday.

I was walking up the access road up to Truskmore. At the beginning of the road was a sign warning people to stay 200 metres from the mast due to the possibility of falling ice. There was relatively heavy snow lying on the ground, particularly above 200 metres. For the couple of hours that I was on the mountain there was frequent falls of snow and the temperature was freezing. Near the summit visibility was down to less than 50 metres, as snow and fog combined to create a blanket of white all around. As I neared the summit I heard a repeated cracking sound, which at first I thought was gunfire. But knew there couldn’t be hunters out in these conditions. Each cracking sound would be followed seconds after by either a ‘whumph’ or a banging sound. I reached a gate at the summit and the massive guy wires supporting the mast materialised. Mine were the only footprints in the blanket of snow, but I was puzzled by dozens of other random scuff marks in the snow. Just as I realised that I must be well within the 200 metre danger zone I discovered what all the noise was, and what the marks were. Large sections of ice were falling from the guy wires and mast. That accounted for the cracking sound, as the wind ripped the ice off. The heaviest lumps of ice fell straight down onto the roof of the building below, with the expected crashing sound. Smaller pieces were carried by the wind away from the mast where they landed on the snow. The impact resulted in the ‘whumph’ sound and caused the random scuff marks I had noticed.

Just as I realised all of this I was hit be some minor pieces of ice – larger than hailstones, but not big enough to hurt. I retreated rapidly to where only the smallest lumps of ice were landing. The massive mast was hidden in the freezing fog, and it was eerie listening to the sound of cracking and falling ice emanating from the whiteness around me. I had my camera out but knew that photographing fog was useless. As if sensing my wish to be able to see what was going on, the cloud magically lifted for a moment and revealed the frozen mast. As I took my photograph I witnessed a large length of ice plummet from the heights. It must have been 12 feet long and it split into several pieces as it fell. The majority of it went straight down, but the wind carried several pieces straight in my direction. I beat a hasty retreat and didn’t look back as I heard the ice impacting in the snow behind me. I will certainly be much more wary of the possibility of falling ice for the remainder of the winter! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/4382/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Truskmore in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Slieve League (background) and Benwiskin (foreground) from near the summit of Truskmore
 
murphysw on Truskmore, 2007
by murphysw  3 Jun 2007
Due to the apparent problems described here by other users with regard to access, I too took the TV road to the summit. Even as TV roads go its a bit unwelcoming compared to Mt. Leinster or Kippure. Parking is restrictive, you have to leave your car propped up against a ditch on a narrow road, its hard to enjoy a walk when your car is left somewhat exposed! The views are amazing though, you can even see across to the sea cliffs of Slieve League! I didn't encounter anyone on my quick power walk to the top (I wanted to get back to the car!!!). The summit cairn can be found by walking between the two sections of the TV buildings at the top. Its a pity about the access problems as this is one of the most unusual and visually stunning areas in Ireland. Even on the loop road up to the gates of the TV road, no trespass signs are much in evidence Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/2722/
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Alternative Route to mast road
by Eamonn96  28 Apr 2011
This mountain can also be accessed by following the Doenen Walk which starts near Glencar until it's end and crossing bog and hills (Its quite tiring) until you reach the summit using the Mast to guide us. Be careful to avoid bog holes and the ground under other less dry weather could be challenging. I would advise that this route not be taken alone as it is quite remote but spectacular. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/6322/
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More welcoming than expected
by AdrianneB  4 Aug 2011
Although most of this area has poor access, due to landowners not welcoming walkers, I had a great experience today. Went for a run up Truskmore after work using the RTE mast access road. Had to climb the gate with all the signs on it, figuring they wouldn't be working after 6pm. It was really windy with dense cloud at the top, out of the gloom came an RTE engineer in his jeep, scaring the life out of me. He gave me a big wave and we both went on our way. As I was climbing back over the gate to my car I spotted a note on my windscreen, thought it might be a note about access or rights of way. But no it said "Well done! Not an easy run" Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/6461/
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