Sawel Mountain

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Samhail or Samhail Phite Méabha
Sawel mountain.jpg
Sawel as seen from the southeast. Photo taken 22 July 2007.
Highest point
Elevation 678 m (2,224 ft)
Prominence 657 m (2,156 ft)
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt
Sawel is located in island of Ireland
Location in Ireland
Location County Londonderry/County Tyrone,[1] Northern Ireland
Parent range Sperrins
OSI/OSNI grid H618973
Topo map OSNI Discoverer Series 13 The Sperrins (1:50000), OSNI Activity Map Sperrins (1:25000)

Sawel Mountain (from Irish: Samhail Phite Méabha, meaning "likeness to Méabh's vulva")[2][3] is the highest peak in the Sperrin Mountains, and the 8th highest in Northern Ireland. It is also the highest mountain in Northern Ireland outside of the Mourne Mountain range located in County Down. To the north of Sawel is County Londonderry, and to the south, County Tyrone. The summit is 678 metres (2,224 ft) high and is composed of crystalline limestone.[4][5] Around the peak, there is "montane heathland", with plant life including heather, bilberries and cowberries, although this is being damaged by hillwalking and grazing.[6] Sawel is the source of the River Faughan, a 29 miles (47 km) long tributary of the River Foyle.[7]

The Irish name of the mountain is a reference to a glen or hollow on the side of Sawel.[2][3] It was also historically called Slieve Sawel,[8][9][10] 'Slieve' being an anglicization of Sliabh ("mountain").

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marshall, David (2006). Best Walks in Ireland. Frances Lincoln Publishers. p. 340. ISBN 978-0-7112-2420-9. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  2. ^ a b MountainViews
  3. ^ a b Mills, A. D. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  4. ^ Somerville, Christopher (2008-09-25). "Sperrin Hills: walk of the month". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  5. ^ "Sperrin Mountains". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Wildlife Action in Derry~Londonderry" (PDF). Derry City Council. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  7. ^ Starrett, Ian (2000-10-12). "Preserving McGilloway's ways". News Letter. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  8. ^ Cahill, Jane (1987). Northern Ireland. Chelsea House Publishers. p. 12. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  9. ^ Wade, Herbert (1922). The New International Encyclopaedia. Dodd, Mead & Co. p. 617. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  10. ^ Chambers's Encyclopaedia: Volume 9. W. and R. Chambers. 1867. p. 618. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

Coordinates: 54°49′N 7°02′W / 54.817°N 7.033°W / 54.817; -7.033