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Antrim Hills Area   Cen: Central Antrim Hills Subarea
Place count in area: 27, OSI/LPS Maps: 14, 15, 4, 5, 8, 9 
Highest place:
Trostan, 550m
Maximum height for area: 550 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 515 metres,

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Trostan Mountain Trostán A name in Irish (Ir. Trostán [DUPN], 'pole/staff' [DUPN]) County Highpoint of Antrim in NI and in Ulster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 550m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 9 Grid Reference: D17960 23598
Place visited by 367 members. Recently by: Oscar-mckinney, finkey86, Alanjm, Hjonna, Beti13, Jonesykid, agnieszka.s11, Cecil1976, J_Murray, trostanite, Solliden, quarryman, chelman7, Leona-S, Claybird007
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Longitude: -6.155396, Latitude: 55.045748 , Easting: 317960, Northing: 423598 Prominence: 515m,  Isolation: 2.6km,   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 420th highest in Ireland. Trostan is the highest point in county Antrim.

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Antrim's Highest .. by group   (Show all for Trostan (Trostán)) Picture about mountain Trostan (<i>Trostán</i>) in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: View of Tievebulliagh from the track
Longer but More Scenic and Enjoyable Approach
by dr_banuska  20 Oct 2016
This was my 4th visit to Trostan: 1st was via neighbouring Slievenanee and 2nd and 3rd were via the perpetually wet Moyle Way/Ulster Way approach to the west. On the 3rd visit we did the entire MW over 2 days and came down Trostan via the hellish 'route' through part of Glenariff Forest Park to the SE of the mountain.

This time we chose a new route I'd spotted on the map after the last time. This involved following a track which arcs around the E and N of the mountain. We parked at a small lay-by on the B14 road at 193220 starD then walked NE to the forest edge on our left. We crossed a fence with a handy plastic tube then followed the line of the forest a short distance to reach the track, which is more a grassy path. From here we followed the track NE until it split then followed the main spur which passes under a line of cliffs on Trostan's eastern slopes.

This route is delightful, with a gentle incline and fine views of the the cliffs above and of the surrounding hills and out to sea. The steep eastern face of nearby Tievebulliagh rose from the surrounding bog, with a rainbow to the right. The route passes a large grassy mound which you can walk up, as well as several waterfalls. The evening sun was almost blinding as we rounded the northern slopes and walked the last section of the track, which ends at a fence running from Trostan to Tievebulliagh (182244 starE). From here it's a wet enough slog to the summit trig, but definitely not as bad as the MW route. The evening light was stunning on Trostan's barren, reddish top and views included south to Slemish, the Belfast Hills and Lough Neagh, west as far as Inishowen and north across Rathlin Island to Islay. The cliffs of the Mull of Kintyre came in and out of focus.

As light was fading we chose to take a more direct route down by heading parallel to the forest edge. The terrain was fine at first but got tougher near the bottom. We entered the northeastern offshoot of the forest by climbing under a fence over a stream (191223 starF) but felling had taken place here and the ground was very wet and uneven. We eventually reached the road by climbing the fence next to a bridge, with the car just a short distance to our right. Ideally we should have avoided the forest altogether and if we'd had more time could have aimed for the track again, while not following its entire route.

Overall though this was a very enjoyable hike which gave a totally new perspective on Trostan. I'd definitely recommend using the track if you have time. Our entire loop was still only 6.9kms.

I've written a blog post on the route if you'd like to see more photos: Linkback:
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