County Antrim

County Antrim (named after the town of Antrim, from Irish: Aontroim, meaning 'lone ridge')[6] is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. Adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 3,086 square kilometres (1,192 sq mi) and has a population of about 618,000. County Antrim has a population density of 203 people per square kilometre or 526 people per square mile.[7] It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland, as well as part of the historic province of Ulster.

County Antrim
Contae Aontroma  (Irish)
Coontie Antrìm  (Scots)
Nickname(s): 
The Glens County
Motto(s): 
Per angusta ad augusta  (Latin)
"Through Trial to Triumphs"
CountryUnited Kingdom
RegionNorthern Ireland
ProvinceUlster
Establishedc. 1400
County townAntrim
Area
  Total1,192 sq mi (3,086 km2)
Area rank9th
Highest elevation1,808 ft (551 m)
Population
 (est. 2011)
618,108
  Rank2nd
Time zoneUTC±0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Postcode area
WebsiteDiscover Northern Ireland / Antrim
Contae Aontroma is the Irish name; Coontie Antrìm,[2] Countie Antrim,[3] Coontie Anthrim[4] and Coonty Entrim[5] are Ulster-Scots names.

The Glens of Antrim offer isolated rugged landscapes, the Giant's Causeway is a unique landscape and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bushmills produces whiskey, and Portrush is a popular seaside resort and night-life area. The majority of Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is in County Antrim, with the remainder being in County Down.

According to the 2001 census, it is currently one of only two counties of the Island of Ireland in which a majority of the population are from a Protestant background. The other is County Down to the south.