ALWAYS PROTECT WHAT YOU HAVE
ALWAYS PROTECT WHAT YOU HAVE
Nomad 7890 - instructed on how to kiss...
Field en route to Blarney Castle
Beautiful Fall Colors
Larry kissing the Blarney Stone
Small Irish Village- Good pub, A Castle! and near Cork
Can be very busy with tourists during the peak season
In a nutshell
Very Enchanting Scenic Town
Kiss the Blarney Stone
If you decide to be a real tourist and kiss the stone you have to pay admission to tour the castle. Thats the easy part. Then you have to climb to the top of the castle. Thats the hard part! As it is with any old castle or ruin, the steps in the towers are very narrow and...
You might get dizzy kissing the stone
For all of its mythical magical qualities, the main thing I noticed after kissing the stone, was that I was a little dizzy. Keep in mind, I had to remove my glasses which at my age I seldom allow to happen. Then I had to lay down on my back and tip my head downward from the...
Visit Blarney Castle
Blarney is a very beautiful little village in Ireland. If there were not castle or stone in Blarney, it would still be a nice place for a day trip. But there is a castle, and there is a Blarney Stone, which are the main attractions to see in Blarney. The castle is over 600...
It is unlikely that you will be visiting Blarney if you don't have intentions to visit Blarney Castle. Originally built nearly six hundred years ago as the home of Chieftain Cormac McCarthy, the Castle is the home of the Blarney Stone (also called the Stone of Eloquence),...
Although I was told by some people to avoid Blarney Castle because it was a bit of a tourist trap, I went anyway since we were staying within walking distance of the castle. We timed our visit to get there shortly after it opened at 9 am which was a good decision as there...
After visiting the Castle and smooching the stone, we toured the grounds for a bit and ran across Blarney House. The current house was built in 1874 by Sir James St. John Jefferyes, long after the MacCarthy's had relinquished control of the land.According to the website it...
Blarney Castle Close and Castle Grounds
After visiting the Castle, we took a stroll around the Castle grounds, if you pick up a map of the grounds when you enter or from the attached website, you'll see that there are a couple of walks of the grounds, one that goes by the lake and another through the woods.There's...
Romancing the Stone
If you've made it all the way to Blarney Castle, forked over 10€, walked up all the stairs to the top, you can't say no to kissing the Blarney Stone, can you? Or at least pretend to if you are a germaphobe, as it was recently voted as the #1 germiest world attractions on a...
Blarney Castle - Getting In
For entrance into the Castle and grounds, you first need to purchase your ticket!Handing over 10 Euros entitled me to enter the castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and wander around Rock Close. We had a short while to wait at the turnstyles - I can't imagine how long this would...
The Village Green
The Village Green and its surrounding houses were part of James St John Jefferyes model estate village, considered at its time to be one of the finest of its kind in Ireland.In 1703, his Grand Father, Sir James Jefferyes, who was the Governer of Cork, bought 'the Castle,...
Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel
1 Review and 139 Opinions I debated between staying at this hotel or a well recommended B&B and decided to stay here because...
LEMON TREE RESTAURANT: BLARNEY CASTLE HOTEL
Had a great breakfast here really good excellent choice. The pancakes were devine with the blueberrys and the brown soda bread was fabulous.
I LOVE THE SMOKED HADDOCK ON THE BED OF CHAMP. IT IS REALLY EXCELLENT AND THE HADDOCK WHICH IS SOURCED LOCALLY ALSO THEIR VEGETABLES.
Muskerry Arms: Great selection!
Dark wood, open fireplaces, nooks and crannies, timber beams - the interior of this pub has a great feel to it and is certainly a lovely place to be on a damp autumn day!This local pub offers a great selection of dishes on its menu. You can choose from traditional Irish...
Easy & Inexpensive Bus
Traveling to Blarney by public bus is quite easy, inexpensive, and relatively quick. The bus leaves right in front (river side - near bus station) of the Merchant Quay Shopping Center. The bus number is #224, and leaves from a sign on the first pole on that block. The sign...
The Bus Eireann
The best way I have found to get around while in Ireland is the bus (when I'm not walking). I usually stay in Kinsale, so I will just hop on the bus and ride it into Cork, then switch busses to go to Blarney. It isn't very hard to do, and it is an easy way to get around.
Blarney Woolen Mills: Where you get the Sweathers
The World famous Blarney Woolen Mills is one of the largest family owned and run gift and craft centers in the World. Besides the store, there is a branch of the A.I.B Bank, Christys Bar and Hotel. There is a fine self- service restaurant and parking facilities. This 30,000...
Where did the word Blarney come from?
It's said that Queen Elizabeth I coined the phrase "blarney" during the lengthy negotiations for control of Blarney Castle. The owner, Cormac McCarthy, Earl of Blarney, in negotiations with the Queen's emissary is said to have made long and eloquent protestations of loyalty...
ALWAYS CARRY ADEQUATE TRAVEL INSURANCE
IRELAND When travelling to and in this lovely picturesque country make sure that your Travel Insurance is covered. As lovely and scenic as this country is it is not without its dangers. When formulating my travel plans through Europe I made sure that I had the neccesary...
Getting a picture of the Blarney Stone
On the particular day that we visited, the camera next to the Blarney Stone was broken. The attendant, who would be later holding onto me while I kissed it, apologized but we were relieved as we were then allowed to take our own photos as we had seen the signs for the 10 €...
Things to Bring to Blarney in October
If visiting for the day, a light day-sac to carry your camera, guide book etc. Leave room for all the tacky souvenirs!!If the left luggage in Cork bus station is closed, you can leave your case/ ruck sack etc at the ticket office at the Castle.
In October, as most months in...
Favorite thing: Unfortunately Blarney Castle was one of two castles I visited that weren't on the Heritage Card that I purchased but you can use one of the other cards that offer discounted admission, the Heritage Island Card which offers 2 for 1 or discounted admission to many attractions throughout the country.
From their website it appears that you purchase a touring guide for 5.99€ and then you can get 2 for 1 admission into Blarney Castle. At 10€ per person, even if this is the only attraction you visit, you still save a little money, more if you are visiting some of the other attractions on the list. It appears that you can either purchase online, give yourself at least a week for the post, or you can purchase at Dublin or Shannon airport or some tourist offices.
The Heritage Card that I bought was valid at a lot more places that I visited, you might also have a look at that card for other tourist sites in Ireland.
Written Jul 25, 2009
Explore Deeper into Blarney
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