My Walk in Photos: Sawel by John McGuigan

Thanks to John McGuigan for sharing these beautiful images of his walk up Sawel in the Sperrin Mountains with us.

Sawel marks the highest point in Counties Derry and Tyrone and John was walking the mountain as part of his round of the County Tops of Ireland. As can be seen from the photos, John got perfect conditions for his walk. You can see more of John’s photos at

Sawel is one of the County Tops featured in our series of articles on the County Tops.

Sawel1awebFence leading to the summit of Sawel Mountain

Sawel1web2Trig Point marking the summit of Sawel

John at the summit of SawelJohn at the summit of Sawel

Trig Point on SawelView from the summit of Sawel

Sawel5webStone circle – I think this may mark the County Top of Tyrone?

Sawel6webThe Sperrin Mountains

Sawel7webStile at the summit of Sawel

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5 comments on “My Walk in Photos: Sawel by John McGuigan

  1. Kieron Gribbon says:

    Lovely photos John. You got a beautiful day for it. Another CHP ticked off. As mentioned in my guidebook to the County High Points, I can confirm that the trig pillar does in fact mark the shared highest point in Counties Derry and Tyrone (verified by Ordnance Survey). The stone circle marks nothing that I am aware of. There was a scattering of white stones at the same location last time I was there.

  2. paulocon says:

    That’s good to know Kieron. When doing the walk myself, I was of the opinion that the high-point of Tyrone was at an unmarked spot just across the fence close to the actual summit of Sawel. I did think it strange at the time that the county boundary wouldn’t be marked by the actual summit of the mountain.

  3. Margaret says:

    Great pictures & stunning views… The day i did Sawel as part of my county highs I could only see about 10 paces in front & it snowed on me.. Must go back again.

  4. Kieron Gribbon says:

    Hi Paul. Strabane District Council told me the same thing about the fence as they told you, but I wasn’t convinced. I asked Ordnance Survey NI to check their most detailed digital mapping, and they identified the trig pillar as CHP of both Derry and Tyrone. The fence does however mark the boundary between Strabane District Council and Derry City Council – this is where the confusion has arisen. The county boundary is “undefined” (i.e. unmarked), while the more recently-introduced council boundary is “defined” (i.e. marked by the fence).

  5. paulocon says:

    All makes sense now Kieron and thanks for that. Great detective work!

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