The mountains rest in the heart of the Belfast Hills which provide the backdrop to the city’s skyline. They offer spectacular views across Northern Ireland, Belfast Lough and as far as Donegal and the coasts of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for walking in the area. The mountain environment can change rapidly. Please keep dogs under close control at all times.
Black route = 6.9 miles, Red route = 4.2 miles, Green route = 4 miles, Yellow route = 3.8 miles
Distance:3.6 - 5.2 miles
Point of interest:Archaeology and wildlife habitat
Nearest town:Hannahstown Belfast
OS map:Sheet 15 + Belfast Street Finder
Terrain:Surfaced and unsurfaced paths
Route:From the car park take care when crossing the Divis Road, follow the main access road towards Divis and Black mountains. After a short distance you will pass the former Divis Lodge.
When you reach the point where the road turns left; you can follow two different trails each climbing to a different summit. The path off to the right around the TV mast leads to the summit of Black Mountain (1275ft).
On the way across the bog and heath you will pass the Bobby Stone, a large erratic deposited after the last ice age. If the weather is clear you will be rewarded with superb views over Belfast and beyond.
Retrace your steps to the path junction. From here take up the surfaced road again which winds its way up for just over one kilometre to the summit of Divis (1562ft). At the top there is a Ministry of Defence communications compound.
Accessible terrain:Surfaced and unsurfaced paths with steep climbs in places
Publication:A Walk in the Park, Belfast City Council
Publication availability:Belfast City Council Parks & Cemetries. Tel 028 90662260. Or contact the National Trust Access and Recreation Officer 028 9751 0721
Getting to the start by public transport:From the M1 junction 2 Stockmans Lane take A55 Outer Ring (Falls). Continue over 2 roundabouts and from dual carriageway turn left to Upper Springfield Road. Continue for 2.5 miles turning right into Divis Road. After a short distance the car park is on your left opposite the entrance to the mountain. Ulsterbus No 106 Belfast to Crumlin via Hannahstown; get off at Upper Springfield Road and walk 0.6miles (0.9km) along Divis Road.