Thursday Doors – Cushendun, County Antrim

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.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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24 Responses to Thursday Doors – Cushendun, County Antrim

  1. Paul says:

    Looks a lovely place. I’d like to see it in the sunshine. It must be great to have a top architect design your own village. Very Cushy!

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  2. Ahh, Johann the goat! ❀ I could just picture him grazing there. And good to know that Mull of Kintyre is a place name. πŸ˜€ That song always made me wonder (after establishing that he didn't sing "Moll of Guitar", which is how I sang it first).

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Poor Johann! These photo show such a calm world. I like it. Thanks for sharing here.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the interesting visit and the history, Jean. Great photos, and this might be our first cave door (of course it’s a door). Sad to hear about the Johann, but I’m glad to see he’s been memorialized.

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  5. Teresa says:

    The photo of the sculpture of Johann the Goat is just lovely…with yellow flowers, the lake and the man and the little one…just so gorgeous to look at!

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  6. Junie-Jesh says:

    Maybe I am not understanding why the author McNeill got a name change when her became a lord? Interesting, I know there is a reason:) Johan the Goat must have been mourned by the villagers that a sculpture was made:) Everything looks very well taken care of!

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    • I think the Barony of Cushendun was created for him so he could become a member of the House of Lords. It seems it was a life peerage as the title died with him, unlike an inherited peerage. I could be wrong, though. It’s all very complicated, Jesh.


      • Junie-Jesh says:

        Ah, now I understand more. Too bad, that his family could not inherit it (or her didn’t have a family?). I don’t know why your comment does not show up with my comments, but at least I got it:)

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  7. What attractive area and I really like the caves and that last shot. πŸ™‚


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  8. Fabulous pictures again this week, Jean. You live in a lovely and interesting place.

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  9. marianallen says:

    Oh, that little white house with the red door and trim is delightful! I feel at home just looking at it. πŸ™‚

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  10. Beautiful piece of sculpture to end with. Love it

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