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Belfast Hills Area
Maximum height for area: 478 metres,   Summits in area: 10,   Maximum prominence for area: 380 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 15, 20, 21 For all tops   Highest summit: Divis, 478m
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Divis Hill Dubhais A name in Irish
(Ir. Dubhais [DUPN], 'black ridge/peak') Antrim County, in Carn List, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 478m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 15 Grid Reference: J28077 75480 This summit has been logged as climbed by 116 members. Recently by: Lucy78green, stang, Pepe, simongray12190, sir_boba_fett, MichaelE, PPruz, jimmyread, rowanofravara, susanc, Bernieor, madfrankie, DrMonkfish, trostanite, Garmin
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Longitude: -6.018467, Latitude: 54.611279 , Easting: 328077, Northing: 375480 Prominence: 380m,   Isolation: 6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 727998 875474,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Divis, 10 char: Divis
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Lower Basalt Formation)

For a long time dominated by a Ministry of Defence military zone, Divis was acquired by the National Trust in 2004 with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department of the Environment NI. About 1 km W of the summit on Armstrongs Hill is the site of a cairn, which is named Carn Sheaain Bhuidhe (Yellow Johns Cairn) on the 1:25,000 OS map of Belfast City LGD. F. J. Bigger suggests that the Seán Buí in question was one of the O'Neill dynasty (Proceedings of the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club, ser. 2, vol. iv (1893-94, 105). There were several chiefs of the name Shane O'Neill. Although Divis and Black Mountain are nowadays perceived as names for two separate peaks, both are ultimately derived from the Ir. Dubhais [DUPN], 'black ridge/peak', Divis being an anglicisation and Black Mountain being a (loose) translation. The name Black Mountain is now applied to the lower peak which immediately overlooks West Belfast. This has given rise to another Irish form, An Sliabh Dubh, but it is important to realise that this a recent back-translation or re-Gaelicisation from the English form.   Divis is the highest hill in the Belfast Hills area and the 632nd highest in Ireland. Divis is the most westerly summit in the Belfast Hills area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Divis in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
Picture: Looking across the slopes of Divis to the distant Mournes
 
Well kept hill near Belfast City
Short Summary created by wicklore,  5 Jul 2010
Divis can be easily reached from J 265 742 A which is the start of the access road to the summit. The access road is approximately 3 kms long with a climb of 100 metres ascent over the last few hundred metres distance. There are great views down into Belfast City and further afield in all directions to the Mournes, Lough Neagh, the Sperrins and the Antrim Hills. The summit consists of two masts surrounded by a double security fence sitting atop a much larger area of concrete. There is also a neat modern stone cairn overlooking the city and Belfast Lough. Cattle graze in the fields along the access road so keep dogs on a lead. Divis is remarkably well kept considering its close proximity to the city. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/5279/
 
cullens on Divis, 2008
by cullens  4 Jan 2008
Coming from Belfast I have climbed Divis on several occasions. It is quite rewarding to reach the summit as you are presented with bird's eye views of the area in which you live. For those who love challanges I would not recommend Divis as a concrete path from the car park to the summit lines the gradual ascent and spoils the areas beauty. At the summit you are rewarded with bird's eye views of the city, Belfast lough and Scotland, on a good day, to the east. To the North you can see the beautiful scenery of the Antrim Plateu. To the South stands the summits of Donard and Commedagh above the summit of the nearby Black Mountain. The best time in my opinion to climb Divis is two hours at least before sunset in order to see the sun just above the Mournes on the horizon. Looking West you are rewrded with panoramic views of Lough Neagh in all its glory with the Sperrin Mountains dominating the far shore Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/2934/
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Triangulation Pillar
by RossMc  6 Apr 2011
I enter this information as some other comments have mentioned it: The trig/triangulation pillar that was on Divis was removed in the early 1970s to facilitate the building of communications masts on the summit (OSNI were not very pleased that the pillar was removed). However, the pillar was not destroyed and was relocated outside OSNI HQ on the Stranmillis Road in Belfast. As mentioned in other comments, the National Trust plan to relocate the pillar to the smmit of Divis. See http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1965391 B for a picture of the pillar. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/6296/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Divis in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
Picture: The Mournes from Black Mountain
Stunning view of the Mournes
by kierongribbon  25 Jan 2011
Took a walk up Divis and Black Mountain on Sunday 23 January 2011. The views on the day were the best I've seen from the Belfast Hills (see photo - a labelled version is also available on Flickr). The Lagan valley, south Belfast and Lisburn were hidden under a layer of mist stretching all the way to Slieve Croob and the Mourne Mountains. Still no sign of the reinstated trig pillar at the summit of Divis - maybe it will appear some time during 2011... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/6216/
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Picture: Plaque marking Divis's place in OS history
 
The primary triangulation point for the OS survey of Ireland 1825
by Harry Goodman  27 May 2013
A little piece of history was recalled on Divis on 15 May 2013 with the placing of a ground level plaque to mark the point from which the primary triangulation point for the Ordinance Survey of Ireland was taken in 1825. At the same time the trig pillar, removed when the top of the hill was leveled out to accommodate the building of a military installation over 40 years ago has also been restored and is sited some 75metres NW of the plaque. While the pillar does not stand on the highest point of the relatively flat summit area it's present location may well mark where the highest point was before the summit was flattened out. In addition someone has built a small cairn of stones to mark what could well be the current high point on the summit area. This said the area is such that less than a metre would separate the respective heights of these points. It should also be noted that the large well built stone cairn which stood at the top of the vehicle access road to Divis and which is mentioned in a number of mv posts, is no longer there. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/14999/
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trudger on Divis, 2009
by trudger  27 Sep 2009
Given the definitions used in Mountain Views, I suppose that Cavehill is a satellite peak of Divis. The comments on Divis outline the fact that access to Divis is now very good. I have crossed from Divis to Cavehill (via Squires Hill) in the past following the old Ulster Way route - which you can find on older OSNI Discoverer maps (Sheet 15). However, Cavehill is probable best approached from the Belfast Zoo carpark (keep to the right of the entrance to the Zoo) or from one of the carparks near Belfast Castle (follow signs for the Cavehill trail). Cavehill is a short but very rewarding climb with fantastic views of the city and harbour. McArt's fort, which is an earthwork ringfort, is found near the summit. If you look down from this prominent position you will easily spot the lower of Cavehill's three caves. The caves are man made. The lower cave is easiest to find and to access. The other two caves are located further up the cliff face (the middle cave is not visable from below). A walk on Cavehill can be extended by pushing on to Collinward which is northwest of McArt's fort. I suggest you try also to find the white rock on Cavehill (south of McArt's fort) which can be seen from the city. The rock has been painted with white and silver paint - I'm not sure why. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/4145/
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