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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 143 members. Recently by: atlantic73, Aongus, TommyMc, DavidHoy, dregishjake, dregish, Hoverla, MichaelG55, jgfitz, slemish, mallymcd, Andy1287, liz50, gerlo, dshields
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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)
This is the hill listed in MV which is nearest to .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Divis) Picture about mountain Divis in area Belfast Hills, Ireland
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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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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