John Hewitt cairn, Cushendall

This stone cairn on a hillside in Lubitavish townland, near the Glenaan River was erected in 1989 in memory of poet John Hewitt who loved the area.

It is located near ‘Ossian’s Grave’, a megalithic court cairn.  Although dating from the Stone Age, Ossian’s Grave  is traditionally believed to be the burial place of Ossian, the Celtic warrior poet.

In his 1962 poem Ossian’s Grave, Hewitt  contrasted the archaeology and oral tradition of the monument.

Visiting

The site is located in Glenaan, one of the nine famous Glens of Antrim (Hewitt was known as poet of the Glens).

The cairn is located off the Main Cushendall/Ballymoney Road about two miles from Cushendall.

It’s a steep walk to get to but boasts wonderful views over the valley and coast, with Scotland visible in the distance on clear days.

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