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Sperrin Mountains Area   SW: Newtownstewart Hills Subarea
Place count in area: 64, OSI/LPS Maps: 12, 13, 6, 7, 8 
Highest place:
Sawel, 678m
Maximum height for area: 678 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 657 metres,

Places in area Sperrin Mountains:
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion NE Top 493.6m
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion 526.6m
N: Claudy Hills:   Crockdooish 321mCurradrolan Hill 270mEglish 277mLetterlogher 249mMullaghmeash Hill 244mSlieveboy 259mStraid Hill 303m
NE Cen: Glenelly North East:   Barnes Top 456mCraigagh Hill 460mCrockbrack 526.1mKnockanbane Mountain 441mMeenard Mountain 620mMeenard Mtn W Top 480mMullaghaneany 627mMullaghash 480mMullaghsallagh 485mOughtmore 569mSpelhoagh 568m
NE: Glenshane North:   Benbradagh 465mBoviel Top 454mCarn Hill 448mCarntogher 464mMoneyoran Hill 414m
NE: Glenshane South:   Bohilbreaga 478mCoolnasillagh Mountain 423mCorick Mountain 430mCrockalougha 407mMullaghmore 550mWhite Mountain 537m
NW Cen: Glenelly North West:   Dart Mountain 619mDart Mountain North-West Top 525mLearmount Mountain 489mLearmount Mountain South Top 492mMullaghasturrakeen 581mMullaghcarbatagh 517mMullaghclogha 635mMullaghclogher 572mMullaghdoo 568mSawel 678m
NW: Maheramason Hills:   Clondermot Hill 220mGortmonly Hill 218mSlievekirk 370m
SE Cen: Glenelly South East:   Carnanelly 562mCarnanelly West Top 503.4mMullaghbane 467mMullaghturk 416m
SE: Cookstown Hills:   Cregganconroe 300mFir Mountain 362mOughtmore 382m
SW Cen: Glenelly South West:   Clogherny Top 408mCraignamaddy 385mCrocknamoghil 335mMullaghbolig 442mSpaltindoagh 420m
SW: Mullaghcarn:   Curraghchosaly Mountain 416mMullaghcarn 542mMullaghcarn South Top 525m
SW: Newtownstewart Hills:   Bessy Bell 420mMullaghcroy 242m
W: Strabane:   Balix Hill 403mKnockavoe 296mOwenreagh Hill 400m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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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 63 members. Recently by: wintersmick, pdtempan, TommyMc, Hoverla, trostanite, dregish, mallymcd, BogRunner1, McQuaid89, Lucky1, tonyk66, sperrinlad, BigFly, MichaelG55, LorraineG60
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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 849th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Bessy Bell (<i>Sliabh Troim</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Toberneill holy well, indicated by a marker pole
 
New Comment: Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell revisited and Toberneill located
by pdtempan  8 Sep 2021
Returned to Sliabh Troim / Bessy Bell 8 months after our last visit. Having already visited the summit the previous time, we knocked off the summit again fairly promptly from Cashty Road. We had lunch near the summit cairn which was marked as Donald Gorm's Carn on the 1st edition 6" OS map. We then devoted the rest of the day to exploring other features on the hill. We went in search of the holy well called Toberneill, which is not marked on the latest edition of the 1:50,000 Discoverer Series map. We searched in vain near the cluster of wind turbines SW of the summit, but the search wasn't completely fruitless, as I found a good patch of bilberries, which got made into a delicious bilberry fool the following evening. We then hunted more to the S of the summit, taking a new road going towards another cluster of turbines. We noticed a green strip rising back towards the summit, didn't think much of it, passed on and still couldn't spot the well. We then decided to walk back towards the summit and left the road to follow the said green strip. We passed underneath a line of telephone wires and reached another telegraph pole not supporting any cables. Francis looked down and spotted the well, and we realised that the pole had been re-purposed to mark the position of the well. We then spent half an hour at this spot. The exact position of this holy well is 54°40'53.3"N, -7°23'49.9"W, grid ref. H389817 A. On the way down we aimed towards the chambered cairns and stone circles S of the summit (which ARE marked), but when the wind farm road veered away we could see the approximate location, but after testing the terrain, decided that the going was too arduous across trackless bog with long grass and heather, given that it was late in the day. These sites are probably easier to visit travelling uphill across grassy fields from Cashty Road, rather than downhill from the top of Bessy Bell. We left them for another day. We returned to the wind farm road heading WNW, and when it looped back NE, we continued W across the bog to reach the path we'd started on. This was a bit rough but manageable. The only serious barrier was a strip (perhaps regular enough to call a hedge) of rhododendron. We found the narrowest spot, crawled through on all fours, and on emerging we startled a female red deer. And so back to our starting point on Cashty Road.
If you are interested in the hill's history, traditions and monuments, see Kay Muhr's articles "The Mountain of Slewtrim or Bessy Bell" published in the Journal of the West Tyrone Historical Society, vol. i; and "Bealtaine in Scottish and Irish Place-Names" published in the Journal of Scottish Name Studies vol. 10 (available online). There is also a summary of interesting information gathered on a Facebook page named "Bessy Bell Mountain Co Tyrone". Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/738/comment/23264/
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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))
 
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Perfect stroll for a winter's day .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
 
The Lure of Bessy .. by eamonoc   (Show all for Bessy Bell (Sliabh Troim))
 
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