Another Thursday Doors from County Antrim this week, courtesy of my daughter and son-in-law, featuring the village of Cushendun. It has been under the protection of the National Trust since 1954 and was designated a conservation area in 1980. It’s beautifully located in a sheltered harbour at the mouth of the River Dun. The Mull of Kintyre in Scotland is only about fifteen miles away across the North Channel and for a couple of hundred years, up until the 1840’s, a ferry linked the village with Dunaverty on the Scottish coast. Before the 1800 Act of Union of Britain and Ireland, Cushendun even had a customs house and passport office. The hotel dates from the early 1920’s.
Shane O’Neill, chief of the Tyrone O’Neill dynasty, was killed by the MacDonnells here in 1567. Much of the village was designed for Conservative MP and author, Ronald McNeill, who later became Lord Cushendun. The architect, Clough Williams-Ellis was asked to design it in the style of a Cornish village as the MP’s wife Maud was from Cornwall and that probably made her feel more at home.
The bridge is made of sandstone and was built about 1860.
Well kept traditional cottages add a lot of charm to the village.
We can’t take a trip to Cushendun without paying a visit to the caves, so let’s take a short virtual walk to the beach and check them out.
Would you like to take a peek inside one of the caves?
Looks a bit muddy but it didn’t deter my grandson.
The next photo is a sculpture of one of Cushendun’s departed characters – Johann the goat. For years he was a friendly feature of the harbour as he grazed the riverbank and welcomed tourists. During the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak poor Johann was the last creature to be culled in the area, even his popularity couldn’t save him. The sculpture was created by artist, Deborah Brown, as a tribute to him.
A big thank you goes out to Elaine and Orrin for sharing their sightseeing with us this week. Dan has a ton of interesting doors over on his blog just waiting to be explored. By the way, if the name Cushendun sounds familiar it’s because a couple of my Thursday Doors posts earlier this year featured Glenmona Lodge and an old church, which are situated close to the County Antrim village.