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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
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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 634th 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) Picture about mountain Divis in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
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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A hill reclaimed .. by wicklore   (Show all for Divis)
I have been driving over the hills past Divis on .. by gerrym   (Show all for Divis)
Great to have a hill so close to Belfast .. by simongray12190   (Show all for Divis)
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