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Truskmore Mountain Trosc Mór A name in Irish
Ir. Trosc Mór [OSI], poss. 'big barren/rocky hill’ [PDT] County Highpoint of Sligo in Connacht Province, 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 366 members. Recently by: fingal, srr45, dregishjake, DonegalHiker, Paddym99, ochils_trekker, garybuz, Hjonna, sfoley, dregish, doogleman, conororourke, dunphymgt, livelife2thefull, eoghancarton
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Longitude: -8.371608, Latitude: 54.374217 , Easting: 175899, Northing: 347348 Prominence: 560m,  Isolation: 0.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 575855 847349,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Trskmr, 10 char: Truskmore
Bedrock type: Pale orthoquartzitic sandstone, (Glenade Sandstone Formation)

The summit, which is the highest point in Co. Sligo, is surmounted by a TV mast. An access road climbs to the mast from Gleniff. There is a small but widespread group of place-names containing the element trosc in the counties along the western and northern coasts of Ireland. P.W. Joyce explained these with the word trosc meaning ‘cod’ (fish), either from a fancied resemblance of the hill’s profile to the shape of a cod, or from the prevalence of cod in the nearby seas (INP iii 586). However, neither of these explanations stand up to scrutiny. The fifteen different hills and townlands involved present a variety of quite different shapes, such as cones or flattened piles, which seems to rule out a resemblance to a fish. Some examples are 15km or more inland, making an illusion to rich fishing grounds unlikely. It seems more likely that trosc is simply an ancient Irish word for a hill which is steep and/or rocky, a word which now only survives in this group of place-names. It is also possible that the word denotes unproductive land which is poor, even for sheep grazing. It may well consist of tor, ‘rock’, metathesised to tro- and combined with the suffix -sc. Truskmore is quite rocky in parts and the land is rough pasture.   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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Dan on Truskmore, 2005
by Dan  14 Nov 2005
North Sligo is certainly a very difficult place to go walking as far as access is concerned. To put it in perspective, on a road near Arroo, further north of Truskmore, somebody has painted on the road a number of times "NO Hillwalkers". Need I say more about the mentality!!!
As for Truskmore, I'm not sure the road up to the TV transmitter is a viable option either. The whole Gleniff valley is really a no go area for walkers. I've heard reports of cars being vandalised. The best way to get to Truskmore is by any points which are accessible to the south of Benbulben and from the north shore of Glencar lake. Recently went from Glencar following the old cable car route up to the mines. This is easily seen from the road as you drive out to Glencar. Saw no signs and had no trouble, but I can't guarantee this route either. You can also start from the point south of Benbulben, which I mention in a comment for that mountain. Thats certainly one of the more well known and popular access points up to the plateau, but its a long walk to Truskmore from there.
Access problems arise all the time. It could be a good idea to ask in Call of the Wild in Sligo town before you go, they tend to be up to date on whats happening. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/2058/
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Can't get much easier but so worth it!
by bertandally  23 Mar 2019
This was our second time to climb Truskmore and we've been lucky enough each time to get space to park at the start of the transmitter road at G7438546834 A. As we sat having some food in the van, we were shocked to see two cyclists coming down the road - keen fellas. We made it up in 1hr 20mins which isn't bad pace for the 4k we thought as we had our 6.5yr old with us - his highest elevation to date! Last time we were here we took him up in the pushchair and that took us 90mins - not many summits you can wheel a pushchair to - no excuse for anyone not to get up Truskmore and the views are really worth it. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/20466/
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Picture: Truskmore taken from the entrance to Dermot and Grainnes' cave, Gleniff Horseshoe
MickC on Truskmore, 2006
by MickC  20 Jan 2006
Truskmore mast taken from the entrance to Dermot and Grainne's cave [approx. GR: G725471 B]. Very steep climb up to the cave entrance. Extreme caution required as there are some near vertical sections - rope may be a good precaution for the nervous. Taken aeons ago when you could walk almost anywhere and not worry about anything but your own safety in the hills. Sorry to hear that this is not the case any more in what is truly an exceptionally beautiful area - a real hidden treasure. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/2152/
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walker_hollick on Truskmore, 2005
by walker_hollick  13 Nov 2005
Truskmore is in the middle of an area which appears to have significant access problems at
the moment. A number of months ago I picked out what seemed from map OS 16 to be a good approach from the southern side - a track starting at G 757 436 C(very near Glencar waterfall).

This started out well enough with a pleasant walk through mixed woodland, but as the track exited to moorland via a gate there was a sign "No trespassers - ICSA). I retreated to my car,
and driving further along the north side of Glencar Lough noticed several more of these signs
along the roadside, which would rule all southern approaches out of bounds.

I have also done a reconnoitre from the northern side along the Gleniff horseshoe road. On
turning on to this road the first landmark of any note is a large sign declaring "90% of Gleniniff
is private land - No Hillwalkers please". Notwithstanding this sign, I presume that there could not be an objection to using the road to the TV transmitter to reach the top, given that this is publicly owned. However it would appear to be prudent to avoid the surrounding moorland (and the peaks of Slievemore, Tievebaun and Benwiskin). I would be interested if anyone else has
views on this. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/2051/
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Picture: Leitrim
 
murphysw on Truskmore, 2009
by murphysw  18 Dec 2009
Truskmore is the highest point in County Sligo, but there seems to be some question about whether its the highest point in Leitrim too. Some take Slive Anierin (585m) near Drumshanbo as its highest point while others take Truskmore as the real high point. The O.S. map shows Truskmore's summit to be entirely in Sligo, just. There is a large cairn near the summit of Truskmore which may be Leitrim's true high point, its at G763471 D. Wonder what Leitrim's official high point actually is?! Anyway its worth traipsing over to the cairn to catch the stunning views to the east.
[EDITOR - Take a look at Truskmore SE Cairn entry] Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/2723/
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Picture: Approaching the summit
Sligo
by Jaak  11 Feb 2013
Climbed Truskmore via the RTE road on a very windy (gale force) and wet day. At the top, I also witnessed the icicles referred to by wicklore. The larger pieces are serious projectiles and anyone visiting the top in harsh Winter conditions should be aware of the danger posed by them. There was a hail shower when I was close to the RTE buildings and it was an eerie experience, with the hum of the machinery and the whining of the wind on the supporting cables.

Although I have nothing to substantiate it, I feel that the issue of access in the area in not as bad as was reported in the past. There are very few signs on gates and nothing that I could see directed linked to hillwalking. At the top I met a large group of walkers who had come in the East side, so they had obviously come over “private” land. If this is true it’s a welcome development as this is a beautiful area. As one leaves the horse-shoe road there is a terrific view of Benwiskin, which looks very impressive and is definitely worth a climb on another day. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/14918/
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