Visitors to Blarney Castle most often are actually visitors to the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. As its name implies, the legend states that if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People come year after year to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. Leaders and entertainers from all over the world have journeyed here to partake in this ritual and capture the power of the stone and travelers from near and far continue to do the same.
Besides the draw of the Stone, the Blarney Castle also boasts handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations. Known collectively as Rock Close, the formations have been given such whimsical names as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave, adding a certain sense of enchantment to this 600 year old fortress. So by all means, take your turn to kiss the Stone, but don't leave the Castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.
Located just northwest of Cork, Blarney Castle is easy to get to on a simple afternoon trip from the city. Another way to experience the Blarney Castle is to make it a stop on a trip from Dublin to Cork, or vice versa.
Rail and bus tours are available to show you the best of the Irish western and southern coasts, including the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay, and the Burren. Find an itinerary to suit your interests so you can make the best of your time away from Dublin.
Tours & Tickets
Visit three top Ireland attractions in one day on the Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin. From the comfort of your luxury coach, you'll travel south ... Read more
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
To complete your stay with us in the South west of the country we would like to give you as much memories as we possibly can, from magical castles, to rugged ... Read more
Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)