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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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Given the definitions used in Mountain Views, I s .. by trudger   (Show all for Divis)
You know you’re approaching Newry when you get sp .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Divis)
This is the hill listed in MV which is nearest to .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Divis)
A hill reclaimed .. by wicklore   (Show all for Divis) Picture about mountain Divis in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
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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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Great to have a hill so close to Belfast .. by simongray12190   (Show all for Divis)
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