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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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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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/201/comment/4961/
 
Access update 18 Feb 2018 from carpark at IG78210 .. by ColinCallanan   (Show all for Truskmore)
 
Due to the apparent problems described here by ot .. by murphysw   (Show all for Truskmore)
 
One of the things I’ve noticed when climbing hill .. by wicklore   (Show all for Truskmore)
 
Alternative Route to mast road .. by Eamonn96   (Show all for Truskmore)
 
More welcoming than expected .. by AdrianneB   (Show all for Truskmore)
 
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