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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 NI and in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 478m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 15 Grid Reference: J28077 75480
Place visited by 142 members. Recently by: Aongus, TommyMc, DavidHoy, dregishjake, dregish, Hoverla, MichaelG55, jgfitz, slemish, mallymcd, Andy1287, liz50, gerlo, dshields, ciaranr
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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. It is also possible that Dubhais is itself a re-interpretation of an earlier name, especially as other colours do not appear to combine with ais in hill -names. Something akin to Welsh diffwys meaning ‘steep slope’ or ‘desolate area’ would seem apt both for Divis in the Belfast Hills and to Dooish in Glenveagh.   Divis is the highest hill in the Belfast Hills area and the 629th highest in Ireland. Divis is the most westerly summit in the Belfast Hills area.

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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. Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Divis, 2007
by Bleck Cra  20 May 2007
You know you’re approaching Newry when you get speed bumps on the tow path. Hello alex92 and ref your kind enquiry: the Cra has been indisposed of late, on account of an arrangement with the PSNI. Cycling on towpaths has been the way of it, but as Cra is entirely imagined, so are his clipped wings. Divis is named after the people who used to sleep on top of it. If you sleep on top of a mountain in trouble-striven Belfast, you are a divvy. So thanks to the crowd in combats. Good bye. Enjoy Iraq. Take a man, give him Irish grandparents, then send him to some anglophile hole like Edinburgh and what do you get? An expert on all things Irish and of course …… Republicanism. In the misguided cornmonger, Kevin Toulis’s genuinely bad book “Rebel Hearts”, by default, but accurately, he describes Divis as (and I paraphrase the fool idealist) grey and miserable. And it is. The meteorology of this hill and the other Belfast hills, in the queue, goes this way. Often when the sun would split the stones in the Belfast streets, the hills would kill any ingenu venturing into them. Does an Atlantic front pelt the bejasus out of Donegal, then what’s left of it empty out on the Belfast Hills, and knackered, flurry into the Irish Sea before it can subject Belfast to the last miserable drip? And so, Divis - accessible by driving virtually to its summit, which may be advisable given the milieu. It is not a challenge although it would be, from the Lagan up. Trot up a tarmac-ed track and see where divvy used to sleep. But better still, revel in fabulous bog flora and a bird’s eye view of the wonderful city - yep all of it. Linkback:
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Picture: The top of Divis showing the newly cleared summit area.
Harry Goodman on Divis, 2010
by Harry Goodman  19 Jan 2010
This is the hill listed in MV which is nearest to my home. When I was there earlier in the summer I was pleased to note that work was in hand to remove the high, rusting, metal security fence that had, until relatively recently, surrounded a military installation which was based on the top for many years. While it had been possible to walk around the lengthy perimeter of the fence and speculate whether, you may or may not, have passed over the summit this was far from certain. In view of gerrym's recent comment's that the summit is "now a large bare surfaced area" I decided earlier this week to go and have a look. I was very pleased to see that all the old security fencing has gone and has been replaced by a much smaller stand surrounding two communications masts. This is set to the side of the large cleared area which now encompasses the unmarked top of Divis. There is a well constructed stone cairn, over two metres high, at the top of the tarmac access road up to Divis, which looks out majestically over Belfast, North Down and Cave Hill, but this is some 150 metres from the summit and was built when access was denied to the top. I have no information as to who built it. Maybe the National Trust, or the many walkers who go to the top of Divis, may consider it worthwhile errecting a small cairn to acknowledge the "re-claimed" high point of the Belfast Hills. There is plenty of available material to assist any cairn builders. If Divis had a Trig. Pillar in the past it is no longer there.
Although Divis is a strollers hill with excellent and easy access to the top the walk can be varied to add a little sparkle to the climb. Although I started at the car park J265742 A and walked up the tarred road to pass through a gate and then the track going off to the left (Tipperary Road) I decided about 1.5 k into my walk to take to the open hillside and make straight for the top of Divis across the open moorland to add a little spice to what was otherwise an easy ramble up a tarred surface. Once across the top I dropped down NW along an ancient, grass and sod covered raised stone ditch J279755 B. I followed this down to cross a stone surfaced track (Tipperary Road) and then up to the small rise of Armstrong's Hill J269756 C. From there I continued down W along the ditch to the boundary fence of the Natioal Trust property where I turned left and followed it back to the start of the walk. However be warned although the Boundary is marked as a walking route by the National Trust there is little by way of a path and it can be very wet and boggy in places. Since first writing this comment on Divis I have now been advised that the original Divis Trig Pillar has been located by the National Trust and plans are being made to restore it to its rightful place to mark the highest point on the hill. Linkback:
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Picture: Stone cairn overlooking Belfast City
A hill reclaimed
by wicklore  5 Jul 2010
The walk along the access road to the top of Divis was pleasantly enjoyable as I had expected a ruined landscape. In fact the access road is neat, well maintained and lacking any litter. In comparison, other access roads to mountain tops are often littered, pot-holed and showing evidence of antisocial behaviour. (Kippure, Cupidstown Hill, Saggart Hill for example).

The access road on Divis passes through attractive swathes of bog and fields of grass. It is a busy track with the many cyclists, joggers and walkers mentioned by gerrym much in evidence. There are several masts visible on Divis and surrounding land. There is evidence of site work with warning poles erected to limit high vehicles passing under electricity wires. Notwithstanding all these distractions I enjoyed the ramble of about 3kms along the road to Divis. Everyone said hello, and I was left with a great feeling about this hill. I got my first views down into Belfast, with the famous Harland and Wolff twin gantry cranes visible at the old dockyards. I used the map to locate some rather famous place names around Belfast, with Belfast Lough very prominent behind the city. I also enjoyed the views of Lough Neagh, the distant Mourne Mountains and the hills visible to the north.

The summit, as described by Harry Goodman and others, retains the large concrete ‘floor’ that supported the military base of previous times. The reduced security fencing surrounding two masts could possibly encompass the high point. However I got a good GPS reading next to the fence on its NW side. The high stone cairn just to the east of the masts has a large stone in its base with a scratched message saying ‘Built ‘09’ with the names Jim, Tom, Freddie, Jean, Ned, Annie and Eric also carved into the rock. Whether these guys really built this large, neat and cylindrical monument is debatable, especially as many others have also carved or written names and memorials on the various rocks in the cairn. The summit trig pillar hasn’t yet been returned by the National Trust, and it will probably mark an important psychological reclaiming of the mountain by the people when they do. As I left Divis I thought of some of our Northern Ireland based MountainViews colleagues- Harry Goodman, Bleck Cra, gerrym, slemish, Trostan, three5four0 and pdtempan to name but a few, and I got a warm feeling of community and the shared love we all have for the hills. Linkback:
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Picture: looking over belfast
gerrym on Divis, 2009
by gerrym  7 Sep 2009
I have been driving over the hills past Divis on my way to work in Belfast for the past 5 years and thought it was about time i paid a visit!

Starting point is the new National Trust carpark (265742 A) at nearly 1000ft and with good information boards. The carpark was doing good business on a not great day and i met numerous people walking, running and biking on the way - great! There are a number of colour coded walks and a good map can be printed off at Cross the road to start the long walk along the road heading for the masts in the distance. Red and white metal posts mark the edge of the road - guiding traffic on its way to the masts and previously the military base on the summit. A National Trust building provides information and facilities on the way and a strong wind and a lengthy shower kept me company. Ignore the turn uphill for the time and head past the very large transmitter mast for Black Mountain. The path crosses bog on raised platforms and plastic tiles to reach the trig (293748 D) in just over 2 miles. Great views over city and lough, protectively ringed by the lower Belfast hills to the west and the Craiganlet hills to the east. Views also south to the Mournes and Slive Gullion and west to the Sperrins.

Return to the steeper road ignored earlier which quickly brings the summit of Divis (3.5 miles and just over an hour). This has a large bare surfaced area which is presumably where the military base was - with some new masts being erected on a small area. A walk around brings extensive views in all directions - E over the city, belfast lough, strangford lough and to Scotland, S to the Mournes, W over the entirety of Lough Neagh to the Sperrins, watching jets land and taxi at the international airport and N to the Antrim HIlls - not bad i would say.
Drop back down to the hairpin bend in the road where can drop E down hill to reach a track which heads north - beware cows tramp these parts and the ground is none to even. This passes a standing stone at the Trust boundary before turning west at 286766 E on a rough track across the bog. This circles back around the mountain over waht was very wet ground before reaching a track which comes back to the road and carpark.

A walk of 7 miles and nearly 2.5 hours reaching the heights above Belfast and giving fantastic views over the city and alot wider. Busy in parts but quiet on the tracks to the north. Linkback:
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Picture: View of Belfast from Divis
Great to have a hill so close to Belfast
by simongray12190  1 Jan 2016
Since the National Trust have taken over this section of the Belfast hills it's really started to get busy but that's for good reason. Starting from a handy free car park on the Divis road you dander down a tarmac track that heads past the new coffee shop that's filled any time I've looked inside. We headed up the route to the North along the western side of Divis itself before reaching the radio mast and trig point that adorn the summit. It's not a difficult walk and Divis itself isn't a very striking hill but the views around the country can be brilliant! Look west and you'll see Lough Neagh, Portmore lough, Antrim town and maybe even the Sperrins, north and you'll glimpse Slemish and Trostan, while the views to the south bring Scrabo, Strangford, Slieve Croob and the Mournes in the distance. The walk down the other side is down tarmac track and very easy with brilliant views over Belfast itself. Linkback:
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