Blarney Castle

Well, if you are taking a trip to Ireland to see the castles you have to stop in at Blarney Castle! It is world famous because of the Blarney stone. I took the trip and visited the grounds and the castle , which are quite wonderful. But I didn't kiss the Blarney Stone. LOL! Just not my kind of thing. Legend has it that you will be granted the gift of speech and hyperbole, the ability to exaggerate without offending.

This goes back to Blarney himself who had that very gift. It's all a bunch of fun legend and well.... hyperbole!

 

Blarney Castle

This next picture shows somebody getting ready to kiss the Blarney Stone. It is way up there on the very top of the keep.

Kissing the Blarney Stone

 

Here is another look at the castle and the circular tower out front.

Blarney Castle and Tower

 

Blarney HouseThe whole area around Blarney Castle is a grounds of gardens and interesting sights with lots of paths to walk around. And one thing to note is the Blarney House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing of note is the Poison Gardens.

Poison GardensThis picture shows blarney castle around the other side and you can see just a little bit of the famous poison gardens there on the right. They have all kinds of famous and poisonous plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little more about Blarney

Well, all in all it is a great site and a great visit. Fortress style castle is wonderful and in great shape and the grounds around the whole are is wonderfully maintained with lots of plants and small brooks. And of course the whole Blarney story is pretty cool.

But be prepared to wait an hour or more if you want to climb the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. When I was there the line was enourmous. It went all the way down from the top and right out of the castle at ground level.

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Blarney Castle: Its History, Development and Purpose

Blarney Castle in County Cork is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles, an ancient stronghold of the McCarthys, Lords of Muskerry, and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster. It is also one of Ireland's biggest tourist attractions-over 300,000 people visit Blarney Castle each year.

 

 

Castles of Ireland

Castles are the most familiar medieval landmark across the Irish countryside. Their often romantic appearance belies their turbulent history and their lore abounds in stories of sieges, betrayals and daring escapes. From the earliest stone castles such as Dublin Castle to the fortified manor houses such as Red Hugh O'Donnell's Donegal Castle, each has a fascinating and individual story to tell. Castles of Ireland brings the reader on a tour of more than sixty castles, from the biggest and most well-known to dramatic and atmospheric ruins which had a role to play in shaping Ireland's history.

 

 

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