Balrney castle is about 15 minutes from Cork city. It is well worth the visit and it is said that if you kiss the Blarney stone then you will recieve the gift of the gab. This is real magic, a leprechaun told me. O:). What people dont know is that raw sewage would pass over the stone on its way to the moat. So basically foreigners have been paying money to kiss irish raw sewage. If only I'd thought of that idea I'd be a millionaire. Seriously, its a really nice castle and Blarney has some good pubs. If you're lucky enough to go on a sunny day and it rains then a rainbow over the castle is incredible. Its also possible to stroll around the gardens which has evidence of the witches, druids, dragons and elves living there.
Blarney is a very small village about 25 mins on the bus from Cork city- there's not that much to see in Blarney itself, but the castle is awesome!
The famous Blarney Stone is at the yop og the castle- to kiss it, you've gotta lie down on your back and slide headfirst into a hole in the wall- don't worry, there's someone to hold you!!!
this is a must do thing if you are in the area. fabulous grounds to wander round in " witches kitchen" "fairy glen" magical for all ages, and look out for the huge trees that must be hundreds of years old their roots are emormous!!! if you touch the trees they feel like ebony as they have been touched so many times over the years. The stone is located on the very top of the castle a little scary if you dont like heights but has lovely views so take the camera!!
This is another view of the famous Blarney Castle. The grounds and gardens are truly a delight! Whimsical druid alter, a fairy garden, and marvelous landscapeing make this an area well worth exploring!
The Blarney Stone is not to be missed. It tends to get really busy in the summer months so its worth getting there quite early in the day to avoid the long queues. The blarney stone is an ancient story which dates back hundreds of years, set in wide green grounds , Blarney is a beautiful place to visit!
The Blaney Castle stands tall and one stone right at the top is rumoured to have brought good luck many years ago, and still continues to do so, to those who kiss it! Very interesting and worthwhile the wait during queues! Not for the faint hearted, it includes hanging backwards through a gap between the wall and the blarney stone. Do not worry though, there are people who hold you whilst you kiss the stone. Best not to look down.
Another one of my favourite spots is close to Kinsale, it is called the Old Kings head where they is a huge golf course (I got chased as I did not realise I was not supposed to stroll across it!) From up near the lighthouse there are views of the Atlantic which stretch out as far as the eye can see. I love it here, Its calming and beautiful here , i could stare for hours! I cannot remember how much it is to get in, but I deffinately recommend you take a visit here!
The castles are amazing and the pubs are worth a trip just for the music alone ( the beer is an added bonus). Blarney Castle is very well preserved and you can really get a feeling of the history of the place.
While visiting Blarney Castle you may want to kiss the Blarney Stone and get the gift of gab or, as an 18th century French consul put it, 'gain the privilege of telling lies for seven years'. Queen Elizabeth I coined the phrase due to her exasperation with Lord Blarney's ability to talk endlessly without ever actually agreeing to her demands. To kiss the Blarney Stone, you must bend over backward and lower yourself down about two feet at the top of the castle. The castle itself is a tower house and was built around 1446 on a solid limestone mound.
I kissed the Blaney Stone! I did! I have the privilege of telling lies for 7 years! I have 3 more years of telling lies! hahaha!
Situated six miles from the city, this was once a thriving manufacturing village, but now survives mainly on the tourist trade. Blarney castle was built in the middle of the 15th Century by Cormac McCarthy. He was so esteemed as a powerful chieftain, that the English settlers paid him an annual tribute of 40 pounds to protect them from Irish attacks.
The blarney's Castle is your average size castle. It has a great guided tour. The castle is located on a huge amount of arces of land that has many garden trails.
The Blanery's Castle is a good size castle. The castle has a good guided tour program. You can have a self guided tour to see more things such as different rooms that are usually not on the guide tour.There is also a stone they called The Blarney's Stone, where the tourist kisses this stone that's located at the top of the castle.
Okay, go to the top of Blarney Castle, lie on your back where directed, scoot yourself backwards until your head is dangling over the edge, and kiss away. Now, if you are afraid that kissing the Blarney Stone will mingle local's bodily juices with your saliva, here is an alternative. You can kiss the Blarney Stone on the web!
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