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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: -6.155365, Latitude: 55.045747 , Easting: 317960, Northing: 423598 Prominence: 515m,  Isolation: 2.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 717883 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 420th highest in Ireland. Trostan is the highest point in county Antrim.

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NICKY on Trostan, 2007
by NICKY  5 Mar 2007
An excellent mountain that never has the same atmosphere two days in a row. On the day we climbed it, we had already done most of the Moyle Way and we were knackered! Once up there my energy levels lifted to finish the walk. A full fifteen minutes is all it takes! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/2630/
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Picture: Commencing descent from Trostan with Slemish in background.
Howmanyminutes on Trostan, 2010
by Howmanyminutes  2 Jan 2010
04 June 09

Parked car opp entrance to Glenariff Forest Park and ran up onto B14 taking the forest track to Essathohan Bridge. From there continued on the forestry road until reaching the fire break. Proceeded through this and then upon clearing forest - proceeded to summit. Have been here a few times both walking and now running. The view on this evening was magic and the descent back down via the Moyle Way great craic. Jumping fallen trees, streams etc. Washed the dog and myself just above the waterfall as you exit the forest. Fast descent on forestry tracks back down to car.

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Picture: Trostan pillar plate
 
Fieldcraft
by Jaak  17 Feb 2013
Believe everything that has been said about the boggy terrain - the comments are not exaggerated and I suppose climbing it in Feb 2013 didn't help much either. I climbed up via the Moyle Way and returned by following the fence along the edge of the wood - see post by slemish. This wasn't so much the case of a well planned descent route, it was more a case of getting horribly lost and reckoning that someone must have started a fence somewhere close to civilisation and being aware that water tends to run downhill. However, it is a much drier and more direct route, although not as scenic as the MW. The weather was very poor on the day I climbed and most of my photos are a pure fog. However, I'm posting one of a metal plate that is built into the side of the Trig pillar. I presume the letter stand for (reading across) Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland Bench Mark - but that's just a guess. Anything special to remember Trostan for - well its my last County Top, so time to hang up the boots !! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/14926/
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Picture: Great views to the east
Pleasantly Surprised
by Aidy  9 Sep 2014
I did this on a bit of a whim, having been in Belfast for work, and wan't well prepared in terms of knowing the route, or having a map with me. I had some vague recollections of a route as described on MV, so parked at the Glenariff Forest Park, and once out at the main road, followed the waymarking signs for the Moyle Way. across the B14 and throught the forestry. Once out of the trees, it was just a matter of following the fence, which initially ran along the edge of the forest, almost right up to the summit.

I wasn't sure what to expect as it has had some dire reviews due to its wet, indistinct nature. Maybe it was because I wasn't expecting much that I enjoyed Trostan so much. It was a pleasant walk up to and through the forest in the sunshne, and the forest was full of red mushrooms, adding a bit of interest. It has been fairly dry too recently, and as a result, the conditions underfoot were very good - not perfectly dry by any means, but I've definitely been through worse in the Bluestacks and Sperrins.

Once at the top, the views were extensive, and it is worth exploring away from the trig pillar, as the views further east take in the coastline, and as far as Scotland. Well worth the effort, and if you have more time than I had, you could take in other summits, or some of the great walks in the forest park. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/17673/
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Don't grouse- it's well worth the slog
by hazyview  17 Sep 2014
Climbed this last week & loved the experience. I parked at a layby/entrance which is just SE of the Essathohan Bridge and walked along the road the 50 metres or so to the stile on the left with a tiny yellow arrow showing The Moyle Way. Followed this (in hiking boots) as far as the forest and then followed Slemish's advice by turning right & skirting the lower edge of the forest. When I came to the stile at the corner of the forest, I had to change into the wellies. I then headed uphill, keeping just inside the forest fence. As the forest fell away to the left I followed the fence & crossed over it. Despite recent good weather, the going was slow & there are a couple of big black holes that were hard to anticipate & easy to lose a welly in! While walking, a red grouse flew up from the heather in front of me & flew away, calling loudly. Checking the OS map, I veered slightly right and when you can see the highest part of the fence, the trig pillar peeps over the hill a little to the right. It was a very welcome sight. The summit is very windswept & bare but the views of the Glens of Antrim and the Mull of Kintyre were magic. I returned via the Moyle Way through the forest, just for variety & cos I was coming downhill. Yeah, this "way" is tricky. Very muddy & hard to find any trail at times. Stopped for a picnic at a lovely wee bridge over the river as you exit the forest. Overall, great. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/17680/
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Soggy bottoms!
by simongray12190  29 Nov 2015
Trostan doesn't have a great start although I have to say the waterfall a few hundred metres up the track is impressive when there's a good flow of water. The forestry that makes up the best part of the beginning isn't very impressive. I agree with previous comments that you are better to take the fire break (which is now just the edge of the forest because the trees between there and the road have been felled) until you reach the edge of the forestry and then follow the fence line up towards the summit. The things to note about this mountain are that the views from the top can be brilliant if the cloud clears for you and that the approach is absolutely saturated underfoot! If you do not wear waterproof boots then you will regret it. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/comment/18400/
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