Even on a dark wintry day, the Belfast hills looked good in my post from Knocknagoney, so today I have more pictures of the hills.
I took this photo in September 2015. The summit of Black Mountain (390m) is on the left; the summit of Divis Mountain (478m) is on the right. The vertical poles are television transmitters.
The hills may look wild, but are easily accessible by car. The National Trust provides a carpark in Divis townland.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, it is possible that the names of both hills come from the Irish Dubhais meaning “black ridge”, referring to their dark basalt rock. Dubhais has been anglicized as Divis for one hill and one townland, and translated into Black Mountain for the others. Here is an image of sunset over the black ridge in February 2015.
The Belfast Hills Partnership is an excellent source of information on the townlands, archaeology, landscape and culture of this area. Click here for their website. And click here for their townlands map.
For details of walking routes on Divis and Black Mountain, click here for the National Trust website.
Which county is Black Mountain in? County Antrim
Which civil parish is Black Mountain in? Shankill
Which townlands border Black Mountain townland? To the east, Ballymurphy, Ballydownfine, and Ballymoney. To the south, Englishtown and Hannahstown. To the west, Divis. All clearly illustrated on this map.
Which county is Divis in? County Antrim
Which civil parish is Divis in? Shankill
Which townlands border Divis? To the north, Altigarron. To the east, Ballygomartin, Ballymagarry, Ballymurphy and Black Mountain. To the south, Hannahstown and Tornaroy. To the west, Budore and Ballyutoag. All clearly illustrated on this map.