Divis and the Black Mountain summit trail

Walking trail

The Summit Trail takes you along the Tipperary Road through open heath and blanket bog following a way marked trail to the highest peak in the Belfast Hills, Divis Mountain. Overlooking the city below and with magnificent views of Lough Neagh, the Mourne Mountains and Strangford Lough there is no better vantage point to take in the magnificent scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer.

Climb to the top of Divis Mountain for panoramic views of Belfast


Divis Mountain summit trail map


Divis Barn, OSNI grid ref: J272744


From the starting point at the barn, pass the pond on your right and on through the kissing gate taking the marked route to your left for the Summit Trail. You are now on the Tipperary Road named after the time when the mountain was a training ground and fully kitted squaddies marched the long road.


As the road forks take the marked turn right heading for the summit. Take time to admire the views from the viewing point and the highlighted places of interest in the distance towards the town of Antrim. Retrace your steps 10 metres to the start of the steep accent to Divis Mountain.

Looking towards Belfast from Divis Mountain


This part of the trail is lined with boulders to assist with water displacement and prevents the trail from being washed downhill. You are taken contoured upwards and Slemish Mountain is the dark rising volcanic plugs visible in the distance. Continue until you reach the trigonometry pillar that marks the summit of Divis Mountain at 475m/1562ft.


The decent is via the tarmac roadway to the left of the mast downwards, taking in the view over Belfast Lough from Whitehead on the left through to Holywood on the right, with the Copeland Islands just off the point. The Titanic Quarter and what remains of the historical Belfast shipping industry is marked by the yellow Samson and Goliath cranes of the shipyard, above which sits Stormont in the Castlereagh Hills.


At the bottom of the hill follow the marked route and turn right back towards the barn. The poles either side of the roadway are snow poles measuring the depth of snow in the winter and keeping you on the roadway when low cloud is present and visibility is reduced.


Divis Barn, OSNI grid ref: J272744

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Divis and the Black Mountain summit trail


Upland heath and blanket bog, stone and boulder trail. Tarmac roadway.

Divis and the Black Mountain summit trail

Contact us

Telephone: 028 9082 5434

Email: divis@nationaltrust.org.uk


Divis and the Black Mountain summit trail

How to get here

Divis and the Black Mountain, Divis Road, Hannahstown BT17 ONG
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 summit trail

Facilities and access

  • Divis Barn - tea /coffee and refreshments
  • Toilets and disabled toilets with Radar KEY
  • Parking available
  • Dogs welcome under close control