You can’t go to Ireland without making a stop at Blarney Castle, it’s just not on. It’s so incredibly easy to get there from Cork City too, there’s a city bus that takes you right to it in about 25 minutes. The castle itself is a ruin, there are no artifacts or recreated rooms, it’s basically a shell. But if you can brave the claustrophobia inducing narrow spiral staircase, that seems to go on for days, the views from the top are outstanding. This is where the famous Blarney Stone is located. No, I did not kiss it, germs aren’t my thing. It’s all in good fun, you say. Well, it’s the same as kissing all 200+ people wandering around the grounds. I’m all set. If you do decide you want to give it a smooch, it’s not for the faint of heart. I saw grown men looking pretty terrified as they leaned backwards and pulled themselves out into mid air, with nothing but a few bars between them and a straight drop to the ground below.
The entrance fee is very inexpensive and, although there’s a children’s rate, mine were not charged that day, nor was my friends child. There are 2 small playgrounds, a poison garden, giant trees to climb, acres and acres of running space, waterfalls, trails, and so much more. It’s a truly magnificent place that I will be visiting again and again.
The grounds are something out of a fairy tale. They go on for miles and they are superb! My Irish friends say, you can go there a hundred times and still find new places. It’s truly magical. I can’t possibly post enough photos to do it justice, but if you ever get the chance, go to Blarney Castle, You won’t be disappointed. http://www.blarneycastle.ie/