Divis mountain is an exceptional location to visit, the only element you need to be aware of is the weather but if you enjoy walking and are prepared then it is one of the most exhilarating locations to visit when in Belfast and only 15 minutes from the city centre by car.
The site is managed by the National Trust and free to enter, it is a walkers paradise with numerous way marked walks over different distances. A new board walk has been installed to reach Black mountain, the smaller of the two peaks. If you get it on a clear day then the views over the city and to the Mourne mountains are truly memorable. The area is also grazed by friendly cattle which adds to the experience.
To get there by car join the Westlink (M1) heading south towards Dublin, keep going to the exit for the A55 (Kings Hall), and then take a right turn for the Outer Ring (A55 West). Keep on the A55 through two roundabouts...then at the top of a long hill look out for the Divis mountain sign (B38 Upper Springfield Road). Follow this until you see the Divis Road on the right which is signposted for Divis mountain. This will take you up to the carpark where you can start your walk.
By Bus: Go to the Europa Bus Station and take the 106 Service for Crumlin. Ask the driver for Divis Road and you will then have a 700 metre walk to the car park and the entrance. There is also a cafe operating during the season and the possibility to join a group for some Nordic walking.
On Foot: A walking trail links the Lagan Valley Regional Park in South Belfast to the summits of Divis and Black mountain.