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Bessy Bell Hill Sliabh Troim A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Troim [DUPN], 'mountain of elder') Tyrone County, in Carn List, Psammite Bedrock

Height: 420m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 12 Grid Reference: H39100 82100 This summit has been logged as climbed by 48 members. Recently by: Ulsterpooka, MichaelE, madfrankie, davog, Fergalh, pmeldrum, chalky, David-Guenot, dregish, dino, Iamcan, eamonoc, Aidy, dregishjake20, dregishjake
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Longitude: -7.394544, Latitude: 54.685449 , Easting: 239100, Northing: 382100 Prominence: 355m,   Isolation: 6.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 639040 882093,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BsyBl, 10 char: Bessy Bell
Bedrock type: Psammite, (Newtownstewart Formation)

Bessy Bell and its lower neighbour, Mary Gray, are named after the heroines of a Scottish ballad. This begins Bessie Bell and Mary Gray, they were twa bonny lasses. The obvious Scots origin of the name did not deter Samuel Lewis from making an extravagant connection between Bessy Bell and the pagan deity Baal in his Topographical Dicitionary of Ireland (1843): “On the summit of Bessy Bell, or ‘Boase-Baal’, on which in pagan times sacrifice is supposed to have been offered to Baal or Bel, is a large and curious cairn.” Sliabh Troim is the original Irish name. Also recorded as Sliab Toad [LGÉ].   Bessy Bell is the 845th highest summit in Ireland.

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This is a fantastic hill with very rewarding view .. by mcna   (Show all for Bessy Bell)
Approach from east following Ulster Way .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Bessy Bell)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Bessy Bell in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Sumit looking to higher Sperrins
Clear as a Bell
by gerrym  12 Nov 2011
There are plenty of access points on Bessy Bell which is criss-crossed with tracks to serve forestry and wind farms. Started at the track at 369816 C where there is loads of parking space.

Several signs warned of the danger of 'shooting in progress' but all was quiet at this stage! Follow the track northwards for around 5 minutes where it joins the uphill escalator straight to the summit. Already from here could see the communications mast at the summit and wind turbines turning lazily amongst the trees.

The track uphill is as straight as a die, with lifeless deciduous on one side and green pine on the other and a tumbling stream. Views are wide to the SW to the Bluestacks and as height is gained the high Derryveaghs come into sight. As the track enters an area of clearfell views open further to the N with the Urris Hills, Raghtin More and Slieve Snaght visible. The deep call of ravens echoed through the trees.

Coming out of the forest the wind turbines were fully visible. Two scramblers were making use of the tracks and a volley of shots came up from below - I kept looking back expected to see fireworks such was the noise (and it was the 4th of November!).

Ravens were soaring on the breeze around the summit and the communications mast was soon reached. The trig pillar is a short distance away. Views are extensive to the E to Mullaghcarn and up along the hills either side of the Glenelly valley, to the SW Cuilcaigh and the Sligo Hills and pretty much all the high hills from S to N Donegal - pretty damn good!

Return is pretty much the same way only quicker. Met a mountainbiker and some walkers with dogs but otherwise fairly quiet. In all took an hour and a quarter. NIce hill with easy access and brilliant views for not too much effort. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/738/comment/6622/
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Four Seasons In A Day .. by Aidy   (Show all for Bessy Bell)
The Lure of Bessy .. by eamonoc   (Show all for Bessy Bell)
I started on the Cashty Rd and parked at the 2 wh .. by pquinn572   (Show all for Bessy Bell)
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