Blarney Castle, Cork
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!
You simply can't visit Cork and not take a trip out to blaney castle and kiss the Blaney stone.
we took a cab because we missed the bus .its about 8 quid from cork city about 2 on the bus.
the Castle it self is pretty cool and the surrounding garden's are very nice.
once I got to the blaney stone I faked it .I simply couldn't kiss some thing that had been snogged so many times before (A GUY HAS TO HAVE STANDARDS)
besides I already have the legendry qualities the blaney stone offers.
Legend says when you kiss the Blaney stone you get the gift of the gab.
I'm sure my Irish Friends JEN and SIMON would agree with that lol.
Fantastic old trees are in the grounds of the castle, along with Fairy Glen, Witch's Kitchen and a lovely river, where you can enjoy a picnic.
Anyone who travels to cork from over seas probably no doubt goes to blaney castle and its worth the experience even if the whole kissing the stone proves un true
even the gardens around blaney castle are good wish i had been there in the summer as the cold made it feel less warm(understand what i mean lol)