This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cushendall. To help you make friends with Cushendall before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Cushendall is a small town located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, not far from Glenariff Forest Park, a nearly 3000 acre forest where one can find the Waterfall Walkway, which includes a forest and riverside walking trail. This rural Irish town is close to the coast and has many features that make it a great place to visit for travellers wanting a quieter experience of Irish culture.
The town is a 19th century style settlement with Georgian buildings, and is typically Irish in design. Although small, there are many activities throughout the year that attract visitors to Cushendall. As it lies in the centre of the three Glens of Antrim, the town holds a Heart of the Glens festival every August, a perfect time to visit while the weather is warmer. There are lots of outdoor activities to take part in, and many historically significant buildings across the town.
Straying into Glenariff Forest Park is also a trip worthy of looking into, as you will find the stretching green landscape eye catching and refreshing. The park is carefully looked after and protected to ensure beauty all year round.
There are guest houses and hostels that provide shared accommodation across the town. These hostels are reasonably priced and give a fair rendition of traditional Irish cuisine and culture. You can stay and meet the locals, or venture out for day trips across County Antrim. Be sure to take advantage of the bed and breakfast deals that most of the hostels in Cushendall run so that you are ready for the day of adventure ahead.
If you’re interested in nature, or in Irish legacy and history, Cushendall is a great little town for those looking to experience a bit more of rural Northern Ireland. There are many great places to eat and drink, and lots of interesting highlights throughout the town that make it special to visitors and locals alike.
Written by local enthusiast for Cushendall hostelsJakob Lombardi