Bessy Bell 420m hill, Sperrin Mountains Ireland at
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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
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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 851st highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Bessy Bell Wind Farm
mcna on Bessy Bell, 2008
by mcna  24 Jun 2008
This is a fantastic hill with very rewarding views on a good day. I am so glad to see it has been added to Mountain views. I walk this about once a week and the scenery never fails to entertain me! I use this as training as it has a nice, sustained slope the entire way. There is wind farm near the top and a telecommunications mast on the summit hence there is a rough road all the way. This hill forms part of every day for me, I can see it from my house and from my classroom window so I now just the weather depending on how much of Bessy I can see and how clear she appears! It can be tricky enough to get to the start of the road if you don’t know the area. From Omagh head out the Derry road and just past the Sperrin Restaurant and service station there is road to the left. Now, I mean right after it - you could miss it very easily. If you are coming from Strabane direction drive on past the folk park and it’s just before the Sperrin Restaurant. At the cross roads beside the church take a left and continue along this road until the first right turn. This road will take you to the foot of the track which is roughly GR H374809 A. This road is also used by the forestry service so there are lots of junctions along the way – just follow the road up hill. The wind farm is an excellent place to stop. There are information boards giving you details about the amount of electricity generated. The last section is up quite a steep hill to the telecommunications mast. The trig point is located about 20 m to the right but it is visible from the end of the track. It takes about 35 minutes to walk from the car to the top and about 25 back again. From here you can see Mullaghcarn and the high Sperrins, the pigeon top and on a really good day you can see Errigal and Muckish. You also look down over the Baronscourt estate and the Derg Valley. The walk can be extended by going over the summit and down the bog to the main Omagh to Derry road and over to the Mellon Country Hotel – all of which can be seen from the summit. You would need another car at “The Mellon” unless you planned to come back the same way. All in all, a very rewarding short walk that is used to introduce children to hill walking in this area but one that can be just as reward from adults! Linkback:
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