County Antrim Ireland facts

County Antrim Ireland facts include its location being positioned in the North East corner of Ireland. It is one of the six counties that form Northern Ireland (uk) sitting within the province of Ulster.

It is home to the capital city of Belfast (though parts east and south of the city are in County Down) . Belfast has lots of attractions such as the Titanic and is a great entertainment hub with lots of choices of places to stay.

This county has some of the most treasured Ireland landscapes and some of the top places to see if you are visiting Ireland to sample our Ireland culture.

From left:
1-Coastal Villages,
2-Bushmills Distillery

Fun Facts about Ireland:
County Antrim

County Antrim Ireland Facts:

  • Lough Neagh near Antrim, with a surface area of roughly 150 square miles, is the largest lake in the British Isles.
  • The only French Victory on British soil in the modern era occurred in 1760 at Carrickfergus when a French commander called Thurot captured the town.
  • The nine glens of Antrim are: Glenaan, Glenariffe,Glenarm, Glenballyeamon, Glencloy, Glencorp, Glendun, Glenshesk and Glentaisie.
  • Dunluce Castle is situated very close to the cliff edge on the north coast of Co. Antrim. During the 1500s it was occupied by a Scottish chieftain. In 1639 part of the castle, including the kitchen, fell into the sea. Seven cooks were in it at the time and were drowned.
  • The highest points are Trostan at 1,670 ft.,  Knocklayd 1,690 ft., Divis 1,560 ft., and Slemish 1,800ft. (source wikepedia) . The Antrim Hills run from north to south. Between the hills and the sea runs the Antrim Coast Road one of the most beautiful coastal road journeys in the world with spectacular views.
  • County Derry and County Down border County Antrim.
  • County Antrim covers 1,098 square miles.
  • County Antrim population is 618,0000 (source: wikepedia)
  • City of Belfast population is 281,000. (source: wikepedia)
  • Northern Ireland's main airport, Belfast International Airport, at Aldergrove is in County Antrim.
  • The region is also served by George Best Belfast City Airport, a mile east of Belfast city centre which was renamed in 2006 in honour of footballer George Best.
  • James Nesbitt (actor) and Liam Neeson (actor) and Tony McCoy (jockey) are from County Antrim.

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