Things to see and do in Cushendun
Discover one of the jewels of the Glens of Antrim and explore the unique conservation village of Cushendun. Wander through the historic coastal village, look out for red squirrels, soak up the views from the harbour and take a stroll along the beach. Or head out further afield and go for a walk to explore 30 miles of the Iconic Glens Antrim landscape - a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Explore Cushendun village
Cushendun is a small coastal village packed with architectural heritage. Built in 1912 by Baron Cushendun, the village was designed (by William Clough Ellis) to look like a Cornish village in an effort to please the Baron’s wife Maud, who was born in Penzance.
Wander through the streets to see rows of whitewashed cottages and a quaint sheltered harbour. You can also see the neo-Georgian ‘Glenmona House’ which was commissioned by Baron Cushendun and designed in the 18th-century architectural style.
Spot the ruins of a 14th-century castle built on a Mesolithic flint site and see several Bronze Age standing stones which reveal a much older history of this unique site, before the village was built.
Stop by the old church
The sandstone church at Cushendun has been part of village life since 1840. Today you can pop inside to see the community-run arts and heritage center which hosts a variety of performances and events throughout year.
Outside in the churchyard you can see the grave of Ronald John McNeill (Baron Cushendun) who built Cushendun and his first cousin Ada McNeil. There is also a blue plaque to commemorate poet Nesta Higginson (Moira O’Neill) who attended services at the church when she lived in Cushendun as a teenager.
Go red squirrel spotting
Cushendun is one of best places in Northern Ireland to spot rare red squirrels. While we can't guarantee a sighting, you're most likely to encounter them early in the morning or late afternoon, in the forest beside Glenmona House, where the Glens Red Squirrel Group has built an activity playground.
The red squirrel is protected by law and is a priority species for special protection in Northern Ireland. The National Trust is an active member of the Northern Ireland Red Squirrel Forum and our local team of rangers work alongside the Glens Red Squirrel Group to help monitor and protect red squirrels in Cushendun.
Head out for a walk
Explore 30 miles of the iconic Glens Antrim landscape and get closer to nature on the Glens Great Grassland Trail. The route winds through meadowland and has a number of stop off points to explore the landscape, beaches and local heritage of the area.
When exploring Cushendun village be sure to pop into the Corner House Tea-room or Mary McBride's Pub and tuck into a seasonal menu of tasty meals and refreshing drinks.
Discover how and why the woodland is managed the way it is by the ranger team at Cushendun.
Discover a variety of volunteer opportunities on the North Coast, with something to suit everyone.