Armagh’s bilingual hillwalking group, Siúil, braved the elements at the weekend, when they visited Trostan mountain above the Antrim Glens on Saturday. Trostan is the highest point in County Antrim and is situated near to the scenic town of Cushendall. The walk was enjoyed by all participants, in spite of the wet conditions underfoot making the already boggy ground very soft. The group, which set off from Glenariff Forest Park followed the Moyle Way, through the forest towards Essathoan Bridge and the spectacular waterfall and on to the open hill to reach the trig pillar, which represents the highest point of the mountain at 550 metres.
The Siúil group enjoyed some breathtaking scenery and learning about the flora growing on the bog and throughout the forest. They also learned of some of the mythology associated with the area. According to local legend, it is said that the many waterfalls on the mountain were created by the warrior Oisín, as he was pursued up the glen by Vikings. When trying to climb to safety, a tail of a huge grey horse suddenly appeared to act as a rope to help him. The horse then transformed into a stream and ran over the cliff edge, plunging the Vikings to their deaths.
The Siúil hillwalking group takes place on the first Saturday of every month and new members are always welcome. The next walk will be a local flat walk along the banks of the Blackwater River and will take place on Saturday 6 May. For more information on the Siúil group or to register interest in taking part in walks, contact Seán on firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 3751 5229.