Divis and Black Mountain are the highest points boasting views across the north. Divis or Dubhais meaning ‘black ridge’ refers to the dark basalt bedrock.

Divis and the Black Mountain rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills and provide a backdrop to the cityscape.

A mosaic of grassland and heathland bog, they 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).

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Where to walk….

Lough Trail

Circular distance 1,451m / 0.9 mile. A way marked flat, low contour walk – this trail offers views across Lough Neagh towards the Sperrin Mountains and down Collin Valley towards the Mourne Mountains. Starting point is opposite the Long Barn. On the hillside to your right are the remains of a bronze age homestead, the area to the left was once used as a rifle range during the Second World War.

 

Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.

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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. Follow the waymarked Tipperary Road trail, the left after the Long Barn. Return via the tarmac roadway turning right at the bottom of the hill. The trigonometry pillar on the summit was the first point used in the mapping of Ireland in 1825.

 

Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

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Heath Trail

Circular distance 6,225m / 4 miles. A stoned roadway, heathland and blanket bog trail – this can be 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. Turf was once extracted on Divis Mountain and today remains to a depth of four metres in places.

 

Walks for fit people with country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.

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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 wooden bridge for return. 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.

 

Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.

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Further Information….

By car

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). Car park is 0.5 miles on the left hand side.

Divis Road streetview

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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 junction bearing National Trust brown sign. Walk 800m up Divis Road and find the entrance to the site on your right hand side.

*Check timetables before setting out at www.translink.co.uk

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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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Management
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Open access year round. Keep dogs on leads around cattle