Divis and the Black Mountain

Divis and the Black Mountain looking down on Belfast and Belfast Lough

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.

Click map for Divis leaflet or see OS map attached at bottom of page

Walking trails

Lough Trail: circular distance 1,451m / 0.9 mile A flat low contour walk – this walk offers views across Lough Neagh towards the Sperrin Mountains and down Collin Valley towards the Mourne Mountains.

Point of interest: On the hillside to your right are the remains of a bronze age homestead, the area to your left was once used as a rifle range during the Second World War.

 

Summit Trail: circular distance 4,769m / 3 miles A roughly stoned and stepped trail – this steep walk to the summit of Divis Mountain offers panoramic views towards Donegal, Scotland, Cumbria, Isle of Man, Wales and everything in-between. Return via the tarmac roadway turning right at the bottom of the hill.

Point of interest: The trigonometry pillar on the summit was the first point used in the mapping of Ireland in 1825.

 

Heath Trail: circular distance 6,225m / 4 miles A stoned roadway, heathland and blanket bog trail – a mucky route around the northern slope of Divis Mountain, offering views towards Slemish Mountain. Follow the way marked posts from the end of the Tipperary Road, linking to the Standing Stone Road and then turn right to return, and right again at the bottom of the hill.

Point of interest: Turf was once extracted on Divis Mountain and today remains to a depth of 4 metres in places.
 

Ridge Trail: circular distance 6,780m / 4.2 miles A gravel and stone pitched trail – this multi-use trail takes you towards the large Divis transmitter masts, turning right across the wooden boardwalk and onward to the summit of the Black Mountain, which is marked by a trigonometry pillar. Follow the trail crossing two stiles and onwards to the Collin River bridge for return.

Point of interest: Belfast’s most spectacular viewpoint and on a clear day, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Cumbria are also visible. The stone paving you are walking on comes from County Clare, Ireland.

 

Facilities

Parking

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

Public transport

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. 

Management

National Trust

Open access year round. Keep dogs on leads around cattle

Access code

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.

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