Waterfoot, County Antrim

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

  • Irish: Gleann Airimh
  • Glenariff
Waterfoot White Arch 896.JPG
White Arch with Glenariff in the background
Waterfoot is located in Northern Ireland
Location within Northern Ireland
Irish grid referenceD240255
• Belfast47 miles (76 km)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBallymena
Postcode districtBT44
Dialling code028
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
List of places
Northern Ireland
55°03′37″N 6°03′40″W / 55.0604°N 6.0611°W / 55.0604; -6.0611Coordinates: 55°03′37″N 6°03′40″W / 55.0604°N 6.0611°W / 55.0604; -6.0611
Waterfoot in the late 19th century

Waterfoot or Glenariff[1] (from Irish Gleann Airimh 'glen of arable land')[2] is a small coastal village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is at the foot of Glenariff, one of the Glens of Antrim, within the historic barony of Glenarm Lower and the civil parishes of Ardclinis and Layd. The village is in the townland of Warren.[3] The 2001 Census recorded a population of 504 inhabitants.

The village has a beach and is by Red Bay, named from the reddish sand that washes from the exposed sandstone on the cliffs down to the shore. Just outside Waterfoot on the coast road is the White Lady, a chalk figure carved by the sea washing against the cliffs. Each July Waterfoot hosts the annual Glens Of Antrim Féis.

The village appeared in the news in November 2010 when Peter Wilson, one of the "disappeared" of the Troubles was found buried on its beach on 2 November 2010.[4]

Places of interest[edit]


Waterfoot is classified as a small village or hamlet by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, i.e. with a population between 500 and 1,000 inhabitants. On Census Day, 29 April 2001, 504 people were recorded as living in Waterfoot.[5] Of these:

  • 26.1% were aged under 16 years and 12.9% were aged 60 and over
  • 49.8% of the population were male and 50.2% were female
  • 98.0% were from a Catholic background and 2.0% were from a Protestant background
  • 5.5% of people aged 16–74 were unemployed

In the 2011 census Waterfoot had a population of 520 people:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Waterfoot or Glenariff. Place Names NI.
  2. ^ Glenariff. Place Names NI.
  3. ^ "Waterfoot". IreAtlas Townland Database. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Body found in 'Disappeared' search for Peter Wilson". BBC News. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Area Profile of Waterfoot - Based on 2001 Census". NINIS. 30 April 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2012.