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Antrim Hills Area   Central Antrim Hills Subarea
Place count in area: 26, 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
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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 417th highest in Ireland. Trostan is the highest point in county Antrim.

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Begrduger's Top .. by BleckCra   (Show all for Trostan (Trostán))
Squidgy Slog .. by tsunami   (Show all for Trostan (Trostán)) Picture about mountain Trostan (<i>Trostán</i>) in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: Scottish Coast
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:
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