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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
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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 418th highest in Ireland. Trostan is the highest point in county Antrim.

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Begrduger's Top
by BleckCra  27 Aug 2016
Trostan. Something to shout about - and especially if you are sharing the shouting with a new Top of the County thingy person.
Would I have bothered? Not in my wildest nightmare, which plateau-ed out the night before, with the wind measuring thing coming off its stem, the rain relentless and a hill flagged up on this website as the wettest place on the planet - on the memo pad for the morning.
A dour trail through a grey Ballymena and the hint of high ground on the horizon, spufflicated in satanic blackness.
The thing is all of 500ms - apparently I should bring welly boots - and the whole experience is a disappointment at all points. So goes the story.
Forward a mile, turn go back half a mile, forward quarter of a mile, turn go back .... blah blah ..... and X marks the spot where the Moyle Way advertises itself with an arrow the size of Tinkerbell's arse tattoo.
The Start and a hint of sun.
A bemused trudge out past an enthusiastic water fall, an emerging carpet of pretty moss and scarlet mushrooms, silver sunbeams lit the way and a slow realisation that the day might just be memorable.
A grassy ride shared with scudding clouds and blazing sun took us to a barren, unprepossessing summit and completely spectacular panoramas of open sea, strange islands, the wildest hill and bog and sibling nations seemingly at our fingertips.
My companion hugged the trig point, hugged me, produced a shot each of Laphraoig .......... then hugged the moment (sic) of her achievement and I imagine still does.
Trostan Co Antrim. Damp? A little. Inaccessible? By a blind man on a stick. Disappointing? Not even to the most awful begrudger.
Congratulations county top woman. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/15080/
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Squidgy Slog
by tsunami  19 Feb 2013
We each have our favourite mountain, and those that stick in our heads can inevitably be summarised by one word - majestic, magical, and treacherous as examples. For Trostan I’m going with – squidgy! 550m of soul destroying, strength sapping Squidginess to be precise! Thankfully this has now been ticked off my County High Points list and I need not feel compelled to return.

The walk started out very promising. I parked in the picturesque Glenariff Forest and set off along the Moyle Way . Crossing a style opposite the entrance to the forest and along the gravel paths to emerge on the Cushendall Road at the old Essathohan Railway Bridge . I continued to follow the Moyle Way sign posts and crossed a style just the North East of the bridge and began the boggy “slog” up the slopes towards the mountain proper. Some welcome respite from the wet ground conditions was provided by the pretty Essathohan Waterfall at the edge of the forest – however this is where the going gets trickier.

I took the advice provided by some of the reviewers on Mountainviews.ie and turned to the right – away from the Moyle Way and along a firebreak skirting the edge of the forest. A fence and style is reached which then provides a guide almost all the way to the summit across the most unrelenting bog – only made easier in some places as it was still frozen. While it pays to always be thinking 3-4 steps ahead in this terrain, this was almost impossible when you couldn’t guarantee that you next step would be a dry one!

After 1hr 10mins of this soul destroying, strength sapping slog, the bog remarkably gives way to the most barren, desolate “moonscape” around the summit. On a clear day the views would be truly spectacular, but surrounding haze and valley fog limited the view considerably today. I spent 20 minutes on the summit - forgetting the painful walk to get here, only to suddenly remember that I had to return.

I made an “executive” decision not to retrace my wet steps, but to take a more SW descent and link up with the Moyle Way again. Crossing a style and two more fences, the waymarkers came into view and led me back down to the forest edge, at which point things took a dramatic turn for the worse! I wonder, could Moyle District Council tell me, what is the point of a way marked walk, through a forest which is impossible to follow by way of posts, totally impassable due to fallen trees and deep bog? I totally lost my way and had to rely on the compass and map to get back on track – 400m east of where I thought I was! Even after rejoining the path it again disappeared after re-entering the forest and I had to walk in the brook almost all the way back to the waterfall.

The best advice I can therefore offer today is thus. If you are bagging peaks, or ticking off the County High Points, avoid the Moyle Way completely, take your chances on the open mountain following the fence. If you are not bagging peaks, or ticking off the County High Points, avoid Trostan! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/14930/
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The iron man of Antrim
by kernowclimber  7 Aug 2011
Now set in relative wilderness, Trostan once lay at the heart of a busy mining district. Its mother rock is basalt, associated with volcanic activity and huge lava flows caused by the opening of the Atlantic in two distinct periods between 56 and 62 million years ago. In between lava flows, the basalt was considerably weathered in the hot, wet tropical climate of the time; red laterite (a soil rich in iron and aluminium) formed.

On Trostan’s E and N flanks the laterite was mined for iron ore and bauxite in the late C19th. To transport ores to the coast for shipment to Britain, the Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway opened in May 1875. Trostan’s mines were connected to this by a branch line. Following the demise of iron mining, the mineral branch line was lifted in the early C20th. Trostan returned once more to magnificent solitude.

I started this walk not expecting much, having read some of the previous posts on MV. But I was pleasantly surprised! Yes, it is very boggy, but no worse than parts of Wicklow. Wear waterproof gaiters. Parking in a gateway near Essathohan Bridge, where the old railway ran parallel to the B14, we crossed a stile to the right of the stream heading up the Moyle Way (MW) past a waterfall cascading over rocky outcrops like a bridal veil. At the broad forestry path nearby, after some initial confusion due to yellow way markers pointing left and right, we headed straight across over boggy, grassy ground towards the trees.

We immediately picked up the MW again that revealed itself to be a well trodden boggy path delightfully weaving its way between conifers surrounded by, and garlanded with, emerald moss. We spotted some striking scarlet Sickener fungi amid the green. Streams meander through the trees changing character frequently: their brackish water sometimes languid and mysterious, at other times noisy and mercurial, tumbling over small waterfalls. Exercise caution crossing the slimy stones, and watch the slippery exposed tree roots! The walk reminded me of trekking in parts of the Pacific coast range in the western US.

The MW then handrails the forest, rising steadily over open heath land. We left the MW and climbed straight uphill between a maze of vegetated peat hags crossing a stile at D17831 23345 A towards the summit plateau. Here the thick cap of peat has eroded away revealing the underlying iron stained basalt layer that resembles the gravelly volcanic landscape in parts of the Canaries. From the summit the distant views were breathtaking: bun-shaped Ailsa Craig, source of the finest curling stones, and the smoky grey peak of mighty Goatfell on the Isle of Arran behind the Mull of Kintyre clearly visible; the beam of light from Rathlin Island lighthouse constantly winking at us in the fading light. We returned via the same route, 1.45 hrs in total. Don’t be put off by the boggy ground. With its fascinating geology, varied terrain, solitude and extensive views, underrated Trostan really rocks! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/6466/
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davidholmes on Trostan, 2003
by davidholmes  5 Sep 2003
Climbed this hill on St Patrick's Day following wet weather. Park in Glenariff Forest Park (Small fee for non-members) and walk to end of forest road, cross the Waterfoot Road and follow the Moyle Way through the forest. Cross the Cushendall Road and follow river from bridge up past very picturesque waterfall. Good spot for picnic. The path then runs through the edge of the trees until it meets a fire break. Follow this up to edge of forest. Very boggy underfoot for most of the way and the going is easier in the trees. Firmer ground on the Trostan side of the forest fence. Moyle Way doesn't go to the top so veer off when it suits. Wonderful views of the Antrim Hills and Scotland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/632/
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Picture: TRIG POINT AT TROSTAN
BILLNOR on Trostan, 2006
by BILLNOR  1 Aug 2006
Sunday 30-07-06 the morning started well it was sunny with a blue sky, a few large fluffy white clouds and a pleasant 19c. My wife and I started our walk on the Waterfoot road at a lay-by just past the Glenarriff Forest Park. We walked up to the gate marked as part of the Moyle way opposite the entrance of Glenarriff.
We went over the stile at the side of the gate and walked up through the forest keeping the burn to our left on reaching the Essathohan Bridge on the B14 road. Almost opposite across the road there is a stile.
Crossover the stile walk along the tree line keeping the burn and glen to your left. Soon you will come to the Essathohan burn waterfall. We had a short stop here to take in the view of the waterfall and the Glen. The water cascading over was low due to the recent good weather spell but still looked good.
As we started of again my wife startled a Peregrine falcon feeding in the long grass it soared over our heads it was so close we could see its plumage in full detail. We followed the burn up through the forest crossing the burn many times making for a pleasant walk. On reaching a firebreak turn left we walked through the forest on a muddy path until we came to the fence ( the fence is broken here) at the edge of the forest. We turned left and walked along the side of the forest following the way marked posts. We came to a post where the forest fence turns left keeping to the outside of the fence we also turned left we walked until the next turn in the fence leaving it behind we turned right into open ground. We followed the way marked posts coming to a fence we turned right here keeping to the fence gradually ascending until we reached a turn in the fence marked with a tall rusty pole. After a few yards and you approach a stile we crossed over and walked straight to the summit of Trostan.
In contrast to the summit approach the summit is more or less flat and stony the peat has been weathered away. After reaching the trig point we stopped for lunch and amaired the views.
We had good views of the Antrim Hills including Slieveanorra with its twin masts, Knocklyrd, Tievebulliagh and Slievenaee. To the South we could see Slemish and to the Southwest Lough Neagh. There were also good views of Rathland Island and due to a sea haze a feint line of the Scottish coast.
As a weather front was heading our way we decided to return the way we came. As came to the first forest area we had to put on the wet gear as thunder rolled in complete with sheet lightning followed with heavy hail and rain we made are way back to the car as fast as we could. The walk was 4 hours (including a 10-min stop at the waterfall and a 35-min break for lunch). We consider this an easy but at times a muddy walk. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/2447/
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simon3 on Trostan, 2004
by simon3  12 Apr 2004
Trostan, the highest point in County Antrim, is mostly covered in thick peat. However like other neighbouring peaks, over about 520m the peat gives way to something else, usually the rough stony surface shown in the picture. The view centrally in the distance includes Skerry Hill. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/919/
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