Tommy McGibney lists his favourite Trig Pillars, in no particular order.
A Cliff Edge Trig
Nephin (806m) Co. Mayo.
Nephin’s Trig Pillar stands in the most breathtaking location possible, just feet away from the sharp cliff that falls into the mountain’s trademark corrie.
A Broken Trig
Benbaun (726m). Co. Galway
Whatever happened Benbaun’s Trig Pillar, which lies broken to roughly half its original size? Natural causes, bad building work, or did someone actually bring a sledgehammer up there?
A Baby Trig
Slieve Anierin (585m) Co. Leitrim
In truth, more a Trig Point than an actual pillar, this unique summit marker is but inches high and its relative anonymity has caused many the walker to miss it altogether.
A Halfway-up-a-hill Trig
Doon, Co. Fermanagh
We’re well used to Trig Pillars marking the summits of mountains and hills. Not so the mysterious Trig at Doon, on the lower slopes of Slieve Rushen on the Fermanagh/Cavan border, barely midway up the mountain, and quite a distance from its summit peak. Perhaps its strange location is to do with the Irish border straddling the same slopes? The mountain is best known for the substantial windfarm that dominates its higher areas.
A Mounted Trig
Slieve Donard (850m) Co. Down.
The highest Trig Pillar in Ulster sits atop a corner of the Mourne Wall, with fantastic 360 degree views over the Irish Sea, Dundrum Bay and the Mournes.
A Trig with a Buddha
Galtymore (918m), Co. Limerick & Tipperary
For some reason, this tiny statue of Buddha has quite recently appeared on the peak of Galtymore. It certainly adds personality to the summit.
A Big Sky Trig
Slieve Muck (670m) Co. Down
The flat summit of Slieve Muck affords wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, countryside and sea. A place to linger and savour.
A Rocky Trig
Djouce (725m), Co. Wicklow
Few Trig Pillars are as dramatic as that on Djouce’s summit. The concrete pillar perfectly complements its rugged natural stone base.
A Motte and Bailey Trig
Granard (166m), Co Longford.
The Motte and Bailey on which this Trig Pillar stands was built by the Normans and dates from around 1199. It is situated on the edge of Granard, just south of the town’s main street.
My Local Trig
Bruse Hill (260m) Co Cavan
Only a few miles from my home, I’m naturally fond of Bruse’s summit. Although a low peak, it is rich in occasionally overgrown vegetation. Great views all around of the Cavan, Leitrim and Longford countryside.