Divis and the Black Mountain Ranger Run, Belfast

Running trail

Chosen by Director-General of the National Trust, Hilary McGrady, as her favourite running spot, this route climbs to the trig point-topped summit of Black Mountain for truly outstanding views across Belfast. The trail run offers the opportunity to enjoy 180-degree views across the city and further afield, including the Antrim Plateau to the north, Scotland to the east and Mourne Mountains to the south.

'Divis is one of my favourite places in Northern Ireland. When I was growing up, it was home to an army base and it was totally off limits. When the National Trust bought it, almost overnight, it became a neutral space. Somewhere where everyone could go to refresh and recharge. The sense of freedom when I run there now is such a stark contrast, and something I never take for granted.' Hilary McGrady. This route has been created in collaboration with expert trail runners and adventurers Jen and Sim Benson, as part of our Ranger Run Series.

The Divis ridge trail view across Belfast



Divis Coffee Barn, OSNI grid ref: J272744


Follow the trail from The Barn towards the Divis transmitter masts. Bear right onto a section of wooden boardwalk, shortly before reaching the mast. The two masts relay TV, radio and digital signals covering Northern Ireland.

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Walking the boardwalk on Divis Mountain


The boardwalk ends, turn right onto the gravel path, leading towards the summit of Black Mountain, passing the Bobby Stone, the summit is marked by a trigonometry point. From here you can experience exhilarating views across the city and beyond.

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The Trig pillar on Divis and the Black mountain


Continue to follow the gravel path as it winds its way along the ridge towards Black Hill crossing the first stile.

View from Divis and the Black Mountain


The path leaves the ridge before reaching Black Hill and continues to weave its way back towards the Long Barn, crossing another stile and the Collin River along the way.

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Collin River, Divis Mountain


Turn left when you reach the access road to return to the Divis Coffee Barn

runners on Divis and the black mountain


Divis Coffee Barn, OSNI grid ref: J272744

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Divis and the Black Mountain Ranger Run, Belfast


A gravel and stone pitched trail with rough sections. The area is a working farm with horses, and cattle with calves (from March to October). Please treat livestock with caution.

Dogs under control are welcome - please take your doggie bags home.

Divis and the Black Mountain Ranger Run, Belfast

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Divis and the Black Mountain Ranger Run, Belfast

How to get here

Divis and the Black Mountain, Divis Road, Hannahstown, Belfast, BT17 0NG
By road

Leave M1 motorway at Junction 2 (Stockman’s Lane). Take the A55 (Outer Ring), signposted Falls. Access from Divis Road, off Upper Springfield Road. Signposted from Monagh Road.

By foot

Access via Divis Road.

By bus

Ulsterbus 106 (Belfast to Crumlin via Hannahstown) from Europa Bus Station. Alight Upper Springfield Road.

By bicycle

Access via Divis Road.

Divis and the Black Mountain Ranger Run, Belfast

Facilities and access

  • Divis Coffee Barn
  • Toilets and disabled toilets with RADAR key
  • Parking available
  • Dogs welcome under close control