Divis Heath Trail

(5 reviews)

Divis Heath Trail is a four mile route that traverses blanket bog, taking in the northern end of the Divis and Black Mountain site. This is a route around the northern slopes of Divis where turf was once extracted, offering views of Slemish Mountain. It can be wet underfoot.


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  • It is indeed a very wet and boggy walk in winter. Excellent views. Definitely need boots or wellingtons. Marker posts can be used to navigate but National Trust could help by better signage and maintenance of the “tracks”

    Katharine at 3:33 pm
  • I thoroughly enjoy this walk. I love running the dog loose around this as I’ve never seen anyone on it when I’ve been there. It’s probably the least used walk on divis and looks like for the most part like the trust has forgotten about it.
    Waterboots a must!! The little wooden bridges over the streams/Brooks are dodgy to say the least! Like black ice when wet! The marker posts Can be fairly hard to see so you need to use your Indian tracker skills for some parts to find the way as any time I’ve been up there it’s been very misty.
    Still all in all a need quiet walk. Just wrap up well.

    Crevan at 10:49 pm
  • Very poorly waymarked. Most of the posts have been vandalised, are missing signs etc. so I recommend travelling it starting from the upper part (i.e. go anticlockwise). Trust staff say it’s possible to see the next post from the previous one, however I totally disagree.

    Jim James at 3:32 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 3.7 miles

    OS Map 15

    Terrain Stoned road, heath and bog trail

    Nearest Town Hannahstown, Belfast

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J272744

    Route Type Hill, Mountain

    Route Description

    From the car park at the Long Barn (Note National Trust car park pricing applies for this car park however there is an alternative free car park on Divis Rd 0.5 miles from the Long Barn which can also be used by walkers), follow the trail towards the Divis transmitter masts. Go through the access gate and turn left onto the Tipperary Road. Follow the waymarked posts when you reach the end of Tipperary Road, linking across the open hill, to the end of Standing Stone Road. Turn right and follow the Standing Stone Road until it reaches the access road for the transmitter mast on Divis. Turn left here and follow this access road to a junction with the main access road. Turn right here to return to the Long Barn.

    Point of Interest

    Divis Mountain

    Getting to the start

    Minor road off the B38 Upper Springfield Road, off the A55 Outer Ring

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs to be kept under control


    Divis Coffee BarnFree parkingToilet facilitiesAn open site with free access. Charge for guided tours onlyMobility parking spacesMobility toilet facilitiesWheelchair-accessible kissing gates to mountain. The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility: – Café (wheelchair accessible) – Disabled parking – Disabled toilets with RADAR key – Visitors Centre

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.