Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland

One of the first stops we made in County Cork was Blarney Castle.

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. Through history it changed hands many times and fell into ruin.
Today the castle is owned and managed by the Trustees of the Blarney Castle Estate.

There are numerous beautiful woodland walks on the grounds of the Blarney Castle estate, through which winds the River Martin, plus a very magical area called "The Rock Close," which is not to be missed if you visit.

The world famous Blarney Stone is situated high up in the battlements of the castle. It requires a climb of one of the several long, stone spiral staircases up to the top. Once there you can enjoy the spectacular views of the lush green Irish countryside, Blarney House, and the Village of Blarney.

If you look over my husband's shoulder you can see people waiting to kiss the Blarney Stone.

Legend has it that the gift of eloquence is bestowed on a person who kisses the Blarney Stone. This is not an easy feat, as you can see by the picture above.

That is me, laying on the ground, bending over backward, while holding the railings on either side of the battlement, to kiss the stone! Everyone is helped by the gentleman sitting on the right.

Now, forever, I'll have "the gift of blarney," and never will be at loss for words!

I hope you enjoyed your blog visit to Blarney Castle and will consider visiting yourself one day.

Tomorrow I'll be taking you to County Clare and we'll visit the stunning Cliffs Of Moher.


Tara said...

I'm loving this trip! Don't we all need the getaway!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What wonderful pictures! I am so glad I am on this tour with you!

Forgjengelige ting said...

Thank you for visiting my blog :) I can see you have been travelling to Europe. Do you have an Irish bacground? I have never been to Ireland, even though I have been to England and Wales many times. Nice looking at the Gaelic roadsigns!! Well, next time you could see Norway!!!

Love Bodil


Why is it that all the best attractions are always at the top of a flight of steps? I remember walking up to the top of the 'dom' cathedral in Cologne, and feeling very puffed out, although the views were well worth the effort. A very informative view of Blarney Castle and quite a mean feat to have kissed the Blarney Stone! Regarding my poll, I forgot about pizza, I rarely have them, as my other half doesn't like cheese! x

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

You sure are eloquent about this wonderful trip you took! Yes, you definitely have a way with words.