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

Height: 420m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 12 Grid Reference: H39100 82100
Place visited by 62 members. Recently by: pdtempan, TommyMc, Hoverla, trostanite, dregish, mallymcd, BogRunner1, McQuaid89, Lucky1, tonyk66, sperrinlad, BigFly, MichaelG55, LorraineG60, scottwalker
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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 place in Ireland.

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This is a fantastic hill with very rewarding view .. by mcna   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
Approach from east following Ulster Way .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
Four Seasons In A Day .. by Aidy   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim)) Picture about mountain Bessy Bell (<i>Sliabh Troim</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Mullaghcarn seen under a duvet of cloud from Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell
Perfect stroll for a winter's day
by pdtempan  2 Jan 2021
Climbed this peak with a friend on Dec 30, a clear, crisp winter's day. We followed mcna's route, parking on the Cashty Road at H374809 A. It is worth noting that, after climbing for about 500m, the forest track descends gently for a while until reaching a junction of paths. Here the main track turns hard right and uphill, with a sign for Bessy Bell Wind Farm. When the track began descending, I was wondering if we had missed a right turn, as our route appeared to be heading N, skirting left of the summit. However, we stuck with the main track, and once we reached the hard right turn uphill, we were reassured of being on route for the top. I was using the Sperrins Activity map, which only covers Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell at 1:100,000 scale, which was not detailed enough for our purposes. There was a dusting of fresh snow on the hill. Visibility was excellent. Mullaghcarn was visible to the E under a soft duvet of cloud. The peaks of the high Sperrins were also partially covered in cloud to the NE. To the NW we were able to make out Errigal as a pointy snow-white peak, along with its neighbours: craggy Slieve Snaght, the Aghlas and Muckish. The Bluestacks (or The Crows, as my Tyrone friend calls them) were sharply delineated to the W. We ambled on our way up, taking 1hr 5mins, as we were recceing for a group walk later in the year. We spent about 3/4 hour at the summit admiring the views and the summit cairn (marked as Donall Gorm's Cairn on the 6" map), chatting to a couple of other walkers and having our lunch. We took 35 mins to walk back to the car. It was an ideal trip for these short winter days. On returning home, I checked the old 6" map online and found that there are several antiquities in the area of the wind farm, which lies below the summit and E of the route we took. These include a well called Toberneill, an old cemetery, a chambered grave and some stone circles. I am not sure whether the Baronscourt Estate allows access to these sites, but will endeavour to check this out. Linkback:
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The Lure of Bessy .. by eamonoc   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
I started on the Cashty Rd and parked at the 2 wh .. by pquinn572   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
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