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Glendarragh Cottage is located in the picturesque Glen of Glenann and perfect for Self Catering Ireland, 1.5 miles from the beautiful village of Cushendall, in the heart of the Glens of Antrim.

The cottage has been beautifully restored and modernised to a very high standard.  It sits adjacent to our family hill farm and commands beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Glendarragh provides an excellent base to explore the beautiful Glens of Antrim, The World famous Giants Causeway, The Antrim Coast, Titanic Belfast and offcourse the filming locations for Game of Thrones.

The Glens of Antrim, known locally as simply The Glens, is a region of Co. Antrim. It comprises nine glens (valleys) that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in north Antrim.

Cushendall, capital of the Glens, is a lively centre of music, dance and craic. Next stop is Cushendun, a National Trust Preserved village, famed for its Cornish cottages.Cushendun bay

Dare you venture further? Whichever route you take, thrills await.  White-knuckle cliff road skirting remote Fair Head, or inland to Ballycastle across the mysterious ‘vanishing lake’; watery grave to coach and horses way back when.

The Glens are equally famous for their festivals, exemplified by the Heart of the Glens festival at Cushendall in August, where everyone sings and dances from morning to night, and vice-versa.  Not to be outdone, Glenarm, Carnlough and Cushendun have festival weeks in July.

In the summer Glenaan has beautiful fuchsia hedges, ablaze with hanging scarlet and lilac flowers. This hardy variant, Fuchsia Magellanica, has been extensively planted as a hedging shrub throughout the glens and along parts of the Causeway Coast, and has adapted well to the maritime climate.

OSSIAN, (pronounced ‘awsheen’), son of Finn MacCool, was a poet as well as a warrior, and he lived for a while with a beautiful woman, Niaomh,  who had tempted him to dwell in the Underworld, known as Tir Na Nog, Land of Eternal Youth, where no one ever aged. He was warned never to set foot on land again or he would at once grow old and frail.

ossians_graveHowever, he could not resist coming back to Glenaan, and on doing so, he fell from his horse and on contact with the ground aged and died almost at once. A stone-age burial cairn at Lubitavish, half a mile up Glenaan, has long been romantically associated with the grave of Ossian and also has a memorial to John Hewitt, the famous poet of the Glens.

Prior to the development of the Coast Road, access to and from Cushendall was often easier by sea than inland over the Antrim Plateau. Understandably the village has close associations with Scotland. Although the village has a long history of settlement, its real development began in 1813 when the village was purchased by Francis Turnly.

tower2One of Cushendalls most prominent landmarks, the Curfew Tower, is associated with this period. Cushendall Conservation Area encloses the heart of the village. The boundary includes the historic core of the village on the west bank of the river, together with the extensive wooded grounds of The Cottage and the older part of the settlement on the east bank of the river.

 

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