Divis

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Divis
Dubhais
Divis, County Antrim - geograph - 800358.jpg
Highest point
Elevation1,568 ft (478 m) [1]
Prominence1,250 ft (380 m) [1]
ListingMarilyn
Naming
English translationblack back
Language of nameIrish
Geography
LocationCounty Antrim, Northern Ireland
Parent rangeBelfast Hills
OSI/OSNI gridJ280754
Topo mapOSNI Discovery 15

Divis (/ˈdɪvɪs/; from Irish Dubhais, meaning 'black back') is a large mountain and area of sprawling moorland to the north-west of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The mountain is 1,568 ft (478 m) tall, making it the highest of the Belfast Hills.[1] It extends north to the Antrim Plateau and shares its geology; consisting of a basaltic cover underlain by limestone and lias clay.

Only recently have the Divis area and its surrounding mountains been handed over to the National Trust; from 1953 to 2005, it was under the control of the Ministry of Defence. It was also used as a training area for the British Army. It might have been released earlier, but due to the period of unrest known as the Troubles, the British Government and military viewed the area as a useful vantage point, overlooking Belfast.

Situated on the mountain is Divis transmitting station.

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Coordinates: 54°36′27″N 6°0′34″W / 54.60750°N 6.00944°W / 54.60750; -6.00944