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Belfast Hills Area
Place count in area: 10, OSI/LPS Maps: 15, 20, 21 
Highest place:
Divis, 478m
Maximum height for area: 478 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 380 metres,

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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
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/5279/
 
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Picture: Cavehill in the distance
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Great views
by Wilderness  17 Apr 2018
The car park is quite high up on the west side of the mountain at J266741 B. There are a number of different trails to walk around on Divis and Black mountain. Divis is the highest point (478m), with Black mountain coming in second (390m) . Black mountain offers the best views of Belfast. Divis being the highest point will give you extensive views in all directions: on a good day you will easily see the Mournes, Antrim, the Sperrins, Scotland and even Donegal. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/15199/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/2934/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/6216/
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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 C for a picture of the pillar. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/6296/
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Picture: Looking over the city to Belfast Lough, reflecting the clouds above
Hitting the Road
by Aidy  6 Feb 2014
This is probably the most accessible mountain I've walked so far, with an access road for the masts, leading all the way to the summit. It would be a good peak for introducing children to mountain walking, and would probably be possible for some wheelchair users. I started from the National Trust property, which had plenty of car parking and was well used. From there, it was simply a matter of following the access road until I come close to two towering masts. I then turned left and took the road to the summit and more masts. There is a trig pillar and a cairn in the area behind the masts.

Here, there were panoramic views east over Black Mountain and Belfast, west over Lough Neagh, and southwards towards the Mournes. After drinking in the views, I took the same route down until, again reaching the large masts, I took the raised boardwalk over the bog to the summit of Black Mountain. There were even more extensive views over Belfast from here. There are variations that can be taken to the route with some circular walks to other places in the area. Even so, it is not very challenging, and some won't like the busy nature of the mountain, or the modern intrusions. Despite these reservations, the views are the saving grace, and I found the walk enjoyable, even if I didn't feel I had "earned" the pleasure. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/520/comment/15827/
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