Forgetting about the whole Blarney issue, this castle is well worth a visit. You can see from this picture of the North Wall, how it is built on a solid 8-metre deep rock cliff and how imposingly it rears up towards the sky. This is the third building on the site and was completed by Cormac McCarthy in 1446. Though captured by Cromwell in 1646 it...more
This is a panoramic view of Blarney House from the top of Blarney Castle, so click on the picture to see it. Blarney House was built in 1847 in the Scottish Baronial Style overlooking Blarney Lake. There are conducted tours of the house which is open during the summer season. It is a family home restored to it former glory.Entrance fees to the...more
I wonder if this kind gentleman is still there helping people do this strange activity?He has a soft blanket that he lays down on the rock where you lay on your back when you are stretching as far as you can to kiss the stone.He holds on to you so you don't go over the stone and fall backwards on your head!All of this for the "gift of gab"!Maybe...more
Blarney's great tower is one of the very biggest in Ireland, with an very interesting building history. It was erected in two stages, the first was in the early fifteenth century when a small 6-metre (20ft) square turret rising to four stories and containing small rooms was built as part of some other building which has since been superseded. This...more
After walking through the garden we arrived at these caves which are at the bottom of the castle. Like most other caves, it is dark and smelly and one knows not quite what to expect when entering. According to legend this cave was used as an escape route for the castle's inhabitants during the raid by Cromwell's army.more
Probably the thing why most tourist come to the castle. The Blarney Stone or "Cloch na Blarnan" in Irish, it is the legendary stone for the gift of gab. "Blarney" means "Clever, Flattering, or coaxing talk" Quite a number of stairs you need to climb to get to the top where you get to kiss the stone, lying on your back and bending slight backwards....more
One of Ireland's most valuable and mesmerizing mythical collections is the infamous Blarney Stone. Called "Cloch na Blarnan" in Irish, it is the legendary stone for the gift of gab. "Blarney" means "Clever, Flattering, or coaxing talk". The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone that is built within the battlements of Blarney Castle, locaed...more
I did walk far enough up to take photos of the castle - over the path which crossed the river. The website saysThere are numerous woodland walks on the grounds of the Blarney Castle estate, through which winds the River Martin. In the arboretum you will find colorful displays of copper beech, ornamental pear, southern beech, nothofagus and...more
A very touristic activity to do at Blarney Castle is kissing the Blarney Stone. I am not afraid of heights in the slightest, but I was afraid that I would not be able to make it all the way up the steps or which I understood there were many. So other people on our tour volunteered to take my grandson up with them and then they took his camera and...more
Cormac McCarthy, King of Munster, is said to have supplied four thousand men from Munster to supplement the forces of Robert the Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Legend has it that the latter king gave half of the Stone of Scone to McCarthy in gratitude. This, now known as the Blarney Stone, was incorporated in the battlements where it...more
We were very pressed for time after touring Blarney Castle and doing some power shopping and ran into the restaurant next to the Woolen Mill. WOW! One of the best meals of our trip. I ordered the salad plate... 5 different salads, choosing from approximately 10-12. Super fresh and delicious and reasonably priced. Beautiful pastries, and lots of...more
This was a kind of cafeteria type place on the castle grounds. Because today was pretty jam packed with activity on our tour it did not look like there was going to be time for an actual lunch, so after I finished my shopping I got something to eat here. I had read about Pavlovas, and they sounded delicious, so I had one. They WERE delicious.more
If you are based in the city getting to Blarney is quite straightforward. The 224 bus leaves the Bus Station at Parnell Place almost every hour and the journey to Blarney takes approximately 20 minutes.During the main tourist season, the Cork City Hop-on-Hop-off Tour takes in Blarney as well. This is not the best option for visiting the castle...more
While my grandson was off kissing the Blarney Stone, I made a swift sweep of the store and bought a lot of gifts. I spent about 300 euros in half an hour. The Blarney Mills website says "This 30,000 square foot retail store is housed in one of Ireland's oldest and most authentic Irish woollen millsShop Opening Hours Mon. - Sat. 9.30 am - 6 pm...more
This is as much a 'thing to do' as shopping trip because a visit to Blarney Woolen Mills is stepping back into Cork's industrial history. These mills were originally water-powered and manufactured wool and tweed, one of several large woolen mills around the county. They were built in 1824 but eventually closed in 1973 only to be purcchased by...more
Kiss the Blarney stone, at Blarney Castle. To kiss the Blarney Stone, you must bend over backward and lower yourself down about two feet at the top of the castle... Why kiss the stone? To kiss the stone is an old tradition, and is belived that you should receive the gift of gab!! See, I talk to much allready...
They really do think that we need to be told about traffic all the time - and it is true - we do. Looking right to see the oncoming cars closest to us is not a habit we have yet.But they don't warn us about the novice drivers, which are noted by an "L" on the car for Learner (photo 3). Perhaps they should have a big "T" on the car for TOURIST so...more
Despite warnings, it is common for items such as small change, or other things frequently kept in pockets, to fall from the sky in Blarney. This happens as people lean back to kiss the stone and if you are below , staring straight upwards ( taking a photograph perhaps ) you would be directly in line. On my recent trip I was taking photographs on...more
If you are infirm or bad on your feet and do not like enclosed spaces then be a ware that to get to the blarney stone you have to climb medieval stone spiral steps and if there is a long queue this can take up till an hour in a enclosed environment half way up you can make a exit by going into some rooms that are floored and find the steps downmore
The queues for this experience are very very long indeed, so unless you think it's absolutely necessary to obtain the 'gift of the gab', it might be worth giving it a miss. As you can see, I waited in line for my turn to hang precariously out over the long drop - I'm not sure it made my public speaking or persuasiveness any better though!more
Once you've paid you couple of Euro's to get into the Blarney Castle grounds, take your time. There are lots of little things to explore...for example the different little rooms in the castle. Admire the view out the little windows and take a moment to appreciate it.
Favorite thing: One of the nicest things about a visit to Blarney castle is strolling round the village that grew up around it. This village, though now very much a dormitory suburb for people who work in the city, has retained a lot of its charm and special atmosphere. It's quite different from most Irish villages and the wonderful village green which lies in the centre never seems to change. On the periphery there are housing estates and dual carraigeways but once you get into the village, very little is different from the Blarney I knew as a small child. Some of the houses around the green have now been taken over as shops or restaurants but this has been done discreetly and does not interfere with the overall ambience. Though the castle is close to the centre, coaches are parked in the huge grounds of Blarney Woolen Mills and there is no ugly traffic congestion to distract the eye. There are plenty of small souvenir shops as well as pubs and restaurants and you will have no problem amusing yourself here for an hour or two.