My 10 Favourite Trig Pillars (by Tommy McGibney)

Tommy McGibney lists his favourite Trig Pillars, in no particular order.


A Cliff Edge Trig

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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

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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 29 July 2018

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

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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

Mournes 22 September 2018

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

One thought on “My 10 Favourite Trig Pillars (by Tommy McGibney)

  1. Nice collection Tommy, Nice to see the views we should have seen on Nephin. Buddha gone from Galtymore again, same thing happened last year.

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