Waterfoot, County Antrim

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  • Scots: Watterfit
  • Glenariff
Waterfoot White Arch 896.JPG
White Arch with Glenariff in the background
Waterfoot is located in Northern Ireland
Waterfoot shown within Northern Ireland
Population 504 (United Kingdom Census 2001)
Irish grid reference D240255
• Belfast 47 miles (76 km)
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ballymena
Postcode district BT44
Dialling code 028, +44 28
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
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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 is a small village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is situated in the historic barony of Glenarm Lower and the civil parishes of Ardclinis and Layd. The village was situated in the historic townland of Warren.[1] The 2001 Census recorded a population of 504 inhabitants.

Waterfoot is on the Antrim coast and has a 1 mile (1.6 km) beach. The village is at the foot of Glenariff, one of the Glens of Antrim. The village is also known as Glenariff.

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

Places of interest


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.[3] 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

2011 Census

It had a population of 520 people


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

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