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Dartry Mountains Area   N: Truskmore Subarea
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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
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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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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Truskmore (<i>Trosc Mór</i>) in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Shared County Highpoint
Dartry Range
by davsheen  29 Jul 2018
Sligo and Leitrim's shared County High point Truskmore with RTE mast visible Linkback:
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by eflanaga  22 Jan 2017
Earlier today I accompanied a friend, who is completing the County Tops, to climb onto Truskmore. Having previously summited from the Glencar and Tievebaun sides I suggested we go up by Eagles Rock, starting at IG788 476 (Cloontyprughlish). We had just reached Eagles Rock when we heard shouting. It was a farmer down at the quarry which we had passed on our ascent, screaming that we were on private property. Not wishing to engage in a slanging match across the mountain, I went down to meet him at the fence. He was swearing and was highly agitated. I spoke calmly with him, listening as best I could to his point of view, I told him that we had come up this way in good faith and that there were no signs suggesting that there was an access problem. Indeed the only sign we saw was a 'Coillte Teo' one and so we assumed we were on 'Government' land. Getting nowhere with him despite my attempts at diplomacy we agreed to leave the mountain and return to our car which was about 500 metres away behind where the farmer stood. Increduously, he refused to allow us to return that way. He then spotted another two walkers and went ballistic shouting and screaming while running up the hill to confront them. We could have crossed the fence then to get back to our car but, given his agitated state and the fact that he had a quad a few metres away, we decided to retrace our steps to the top of the Eagle Rock and made our way down to the other side of the valley. Here we met a lovely gentleman and his grandaughter. They were disgusted to hear of our predicament and insisted on giving us a lift back to our car. They accompanied us to where they had parked their car (in an official carpark which is signposted from the R280 Manorhamilton to Bundoran Road) at IG787 487. At the carpark there is an info board and and a new metal style suggesting open access. On our way back to retrieve our car we passed the farmer, who had refused us access, on the road. Upon retrieving our car, (and considering we had travelled for over 2 hours in order to climb to Truskmore) we decided on the advice of the gentleman who had given us a lift, to go back to the official carpark and climb the hill from there. As we approached the official carpark we found that the farmer (who had obviously purposefully driven to this point) had parked his 4X4 and trailer across the road blocking access to the carpark area and preventing the cars already parked in the carpark to leave. We retreated and went home - a day more or less wasted.
Unfortunately, this gentleman appears to have made it his business to harass all walkers regardless of which side of the mountain they are on. Anyway, all of the above suggests suggest that access to Truskmore/Tievebaun from the Glenade Valley is still a major problem. Linkback:
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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). Linkback:
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Picture: Truskmore trig point
Sligo CHP and don't forget about Leitrim.
by TommyV  5 Nov 2018
As mentioned by simon3, the route follows a paved road all the way to the large mast at the summit. The trig point marking the Sligo county high point lies behind the mast. To take in the cairn marking the Leitrim county high point head South East for a few hundred metres to a small cairn. After simply rejoin the road and follow it back down. Two CHP's in one easy walk! Lovely views out to the West. Linkback:
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