Blarney Castle :: Kissing the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle, Ireland
The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone that lives in Blarney Castle and is world-renowned for it’s alleged magical properties. Legend states that those brave enough to kiss the Blarney Stone are blessed with the “gift of the gab”. Gab is a trait marked by one’s eloquence with words, wit and ability to use humor to win people over.  

Who wouldn’t want that?

Blarney Castle, Ireland
In hot pursuit of gab, we made a day trip to Blarney.

Blarney Castle and it’s extensive grounds is only 8 kilometers (5 miles) outside of Cork, Ireland. You can take a quick journey on the 224 Bus from Cork’s main bus station. The Bus will get you to the quaint town of Blarney in a short 25-30 minutes.

While Kissing the Stone was the reason we made the trip to Blarney Castle, my favorite part was touring the mossy castle interior and learning about the history.  

Interior of Blarney Castle, Ireland

Interior of Blarney Castle, IrelandView from the top of Blarney Castle,  the "Modern House"
 The view from the top of Blarney Castle. In the distance is the family's modern estate.

Kissing the Blarney Stone
Here I am kissing the Blarney Stone. 

While I can’t say whether or not I left Blarney with a better mastery of words, our visit to Blarney Castle and the darling town of Blarney was one of my favorite places in Ireland.

Kissing the Blarney Stone, view from the bottom

Blarney Castle, Ireland
The Blarney Castle grounds are breathtaking and boost lesser known legends that promise to make your dreams come true. Up next on a house mouse, the "Wishing Steps" and "Witch's Rock" in the Rock Close located within Blarney Castle Grounds.

Highly recommended experience to add to your “Bucket list”.

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