This article first appeared in The Glynns volume 8 (1980). It is re – presented here with additional photographs and hyperlinks.
The parish of Layd is entirely situated in the barony of Lower Glenarm and is bounded on the north by the parish of Culfeightrin and the Granges of Innispollan and Layd; on the south by the parish of Ardclinis, on the east by the sea and on the west by the parish of Dunaghy.It contains ninety-four townlands.
Summit of Trostan 500m (1817 ft)
Trostan (1817 feet), the highest mountain in Co. Antrim is entirely situated within the parish. Although by no means the most extensive parish in the county, it contains the second largest number of townlands, being only exceeded in this respect by the parish of Ballymoney, which contains ninety-seven. Many of the townlands in Layd are extremely small; this may mean that their area bears a close relationship with the old land system known as Rundale.