It also lies close to where the river Dall flows into Cushendall Bay. This part of the Irish coastline is separated from Scotland by the North Channel – the Mull of Kintyre is only 16 miles away.
Much of the historic character of the 19th century settlement on the north bank of the River Dall remains. Consequently, in 1973 Cushendall was designated as only the second Conservation Area in Northern Ireland, and includes the largely intact Irish Georgian buildings of the town’s four original streets.
Cushendall lies in the shadow of the table topped Lurigethan Mountain. It is known for its traditional Irish music sessions and friendly pubs. Each August, Cushendall hosts the Heart Of The Glens festival. The festival has been running since 1990.
Cushendall’s central location and wide range of services and activities contribute to its well-deserved title of ‘Capital of the Glens’. The area has a varied and fascinating history with evidence of settlement from Neolithic times. Many monuments can be found from the Stone Age and early Christian period.