Blarney, a Pint and a Kiss
Famous worldwide, a kiss of the Blarney Stone reputed to bestow you with the gift of eloquence. Legend has it that the stone was a piece of the “Stone of Scone” which was gifted by Robert the Bruce in gratitude for Cormac McCarthy’s aid in the Battle of Bannockburn. This is one of many different versions but it seems the one of choice by the current proprietors.
The Castle and the House are both worth exploring and there is a good opportunity to wander around the Gardens. The current castle built by Cormac McCarthy in 1446 is a jewel and withstood many a battle in Irish History.
Ladies don’t despair… climbing the stairs does have some rewards especially when they eventually lead to the Blarney Woollen Mills. The county’s most famous store for anything Irish.
Easy to get to and hard to forget