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  • Address: Blarney Castle
  • Hours: Monday to Saturday: May: 9am - 6:30pm, Jun - Aug: 9am - 7pm, Sept: 9am - 6:30pm, Oct - Apr: 9am to sundown. Sundays: Summer: 9am - 5:30pm, Winter: 9am to sundown
  • Admission: €10

Everyone wants the gift of eloquence, and some say the Irish have it, well, the gift of the gab anyway. So, how are they so blessed? It's all down to the Blarney Stone. For over two centuries people have been coming to Blarney Castle in the south of Ireland to kiss this stone set into the battlements in the hope of gaining a silver tongue. It used to be that you were hung over the battlements from above by your ankles, these days there's less risk involved in leaning backwards from the parapet walkway while holding securely to a metal railing. 

The origins of this magic stone are still debated. Was it Jacob's pillow, St Columba's deathbed pillow, or the stone that gushed water for Moses? Was it brought to Ireland after the Crusades or given to the Irish by Scot Robert the Bruce in gratitude for helping him defeat the English in 1314? We'll probably never know. But after you kiss it, tour the ruined castle, visit elegant 19th century Blarney House, wander around the lake, and gather stories to tell back home with your newly acquired skills of eloquence.

Practical Info

Blarney Castle is located in the village of Blarney, 5 miles (8km) northwest of Cork, in the South of Ireland. There are daily trains to Cork from Dublin or you can fly which only takes 50 minutes. The cheapest option is the bus but it takes 5-7 hours. 

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3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 113 Reviews

From Cork and Blarney Castle to the Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher, you'll see the best of Ireland's west and south-west on this leisurely three-day rail ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $550.08

5-Day Highlights of Ireland Tour: the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

See the highlights of Ireland on a 5-day small-group tour from Dublin! Traveling by luxury minivan, head to Galway and Killarney with an expert guide, checking ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $983.54

4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Want to explore Ireland outside Dublin? This leisurely four-day rail tour shows you the best of Ireland's southern and western coastal regions, crammed with ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $687.91

2-Day Cork, Blarney Castle and Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Explore Cork, Blarney Castle and the stunning coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry at your leisure on this relaxed overnight rail and coach tour from Dublin. ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days / 1 night

From USD $312.00

4-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay Rail Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Traveling by rail and coach, this comprehensive four-day tour shows you the very best of Ireland. You'll visit Cork, Ireland's second largest city, and see the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $700.44

3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula Rail Tour

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Spend a leisurely three days exploring Blarney Castle, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula on a rail and coach tour that shows you some of the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $525.02

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