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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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