Blarney Castle, Home of Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle, Home of Blarney Stone, Ireland

This afternoon, my focus is on Blarney Castle  which lies very close to the pretty village of Blarney in the south of Ireland, just 8km from the city of Cork. This site attracts high volumes of visitors each year whose prime objective is to visit and kiss the famous Blarney Stone which is located at roof level with access entailing a climb up some 127 steps.

Today, the castle remains extend to just the keep which essentially comprises a 15th century tower house inside which the vaulted first floor was once the Great Hall.

Key aspects of the facility:

  • Kissing the Blarney Stone entails being suspended backwards under the parapet as per image no four in this post. This act is believed to confer a magical eloquence on the participant.
  • In addition to the castle, there are 60 acres of parkland, gardens, avenues and arboretums.
  • Rock Close, a supposed mustical place on the site of an ancient druidic settlement.
  • 19th century Blarney House (open in Spring only) which is accessed via a walk through flower and fern gardens and a herbaceous boder.

View of castle.

Blarney Castle, Home of Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle, Home of Blarney Stone, Ireland

Looking up at the Blarney Stone.

Ground View of Blarney Stone

Ground View of Blarney Stone, Ireland

Kissing the Blarney Stone

Kissing the Blarney Stone, Ireland

This is usually a ‘must see’ site in course of an Ireland tour  but be wary of crowds in the peak summer time.

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