Divis and the Black Mountain
Divis and the Black Mountain rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills and provide a big backdrop to the city's skyline. The mountains are a mosaic of grassland, heathland bog and are home to a host of wildlife and archaeological remains. Divis stands at 478 metres (1,562ft) and Black Mountain at 390 metres (1,275ft) making Divis the highest point in the Belfast Hills.
A tarmac road goes to the summit of Divis Mountain (the highest Mountain in the Belfast Hills). Wheelchair users and families with buggies can make it to the top easily and enjoy breathtaking views across Belfast
There are 5 suggested walks across the site:
- Black Mountain: Walk the tarmac roadway and wooden boardwalk above the bog to the summit of Black Mountain. 1 hour 45 minute return. It's possible to extend your walk by continuing along Black Hill and across the roof of the city back to Divis Road National Trust car park. Grade: Moderate/Strenuous
- Divis Mountain: Trek the tarmac path, turning to the left road at the mast and right up to the highest point of Divis and back down. 2 hour return. Grade: Moderate/Strenuous
- Divis summit trail: Walk along the tarmac path. Pass the Long Barn visitor's centre and picnic area and through a gate, turning immediately left onto the Tipperary Road. After several hundred yards take the right fork in the road. The path is marked by two large boulders just before the interpretive panel. Alternatively, walk to the top of Divis Mountain along the tarmac path turning left at the mast for the climb to the summit. Then join the summit path back down to join Tipperary Road. Turn right back onto the tarmac path in the direction of Divis Long Barn centre and the carpark on Divis Road. 2 hour return. (See Tipperary Road Divis summit trail marked on map below). Grade: Moderate/Strenuous
- Tipperary Road: A loose gravel track around the back of the mountain and a waymarked offroad trail. Can be very boggy, muddy and wet. Proper footwear essential - walking poles/sticks recommended. 3 hour return. Grade: Strenuous
- Property boundary: Follow boundary fence along the site on open ground (no paths). Can be very boggy and wet. Proper footwear essential. 4 hour return. Grade: Strenuous
Map including Tipperary Road, Divis summit trail
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Take reasonable precautions in the Hills
- Carry a charged mobile phone, but remember that some parts of the Hills will not get a signal
- Tell people where you’ll be going
- Walk a path that you know
- Wrap up warm
- Check weather forecast before leaving
At Long Barn: Toilets, Disabled/Changing Places toilet (hoist, adult adjustable bench), tea and coffee, picnic tables, RADAR key access, wheelchair accessible kissing gates to mountain
How to get there
The address is 12 Divis Road, Hannahstown. Belfast BT17 0NG
Leave M1 at Junction 2. Take the A55 (outer ring), signed Falls. Go straight across the first two roundabouts. From dual carriageway, turn left onto Upper Springfield Road. Continue for about 2.5 miles, shortly after the national speed limit sign, turn right onto Divis Road (brown signpost) (Google streetview) . Car park is 0.5 miles on the left hand side
Ulster bus 106 between Belfast and Crumlin via Hannahstown, alight Upper Springfield Road at Hairpin Bend stop. Backtrack about 1km citybound along the road. You will see this junction: (Google streetview) and the National Trust brown sign nearby. Walk 800m up Divis Road and find the entrance to the site on your right hand side.
Private Taxis can bring visitors to Divis and Black Mountain from Belfast city centre
Open access year round. Keep dogs on leads around cattle
Before you go download our access code. It is a guide on how to look after yourself and the environment when out in the Hills.
Radio hams on Divis!
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