Is it even a trip to Ireland without kissing the Blarney Stone?
One of my best friend’s mother is crazy about St. Patrick’s day. I couldn’t even tell you if they have any irish roots, but her name is Patti and she lives for festive celebrations. Growing up she would always make “Blarney Stones” for us on St. Patrick’s day. And thus, my association with Blarney Stones has always been a delicious frosting covered piece of cake topped in crushed peanuts...yum!
It wasn’t until shortly before we traveled to Ireland that I learned what the real Blarney stone was.
The Blarney Stone is limestone built into the battlements of the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland. It is believed that any who kiss the Blarney Stone will be given the “gift of gab”, or rather, the gift of eloquence.
Is is cheesy? Yes. Did we do it? You bet. Pucker up!
The Blarney Castle itself if now mostly ruins, but the site is actually quite expansive. The grounds, gardens (poisonous and herbaceous), arboretums, and rock close are beautiful and worth exploring. This is more than a hokey tourist trap.
FUN FACT! It was here that I touched my very first electric fence!
Know Before You Go!
- Tickets are slightly cheaper when purchased online.
- When you check in with your printed ticket, they give you an entrance time. They only allow so many people into the castle at one time, so there can be a wait. If you can, go early in the day to avoid long wait times.
- Parking is available on site.
- It is a bit of a climb to be able to kiss the stone (5 levels up a narrow staircase). An employee helps lower you down to kiss the stone. It's a little awkward, but understandable given safety concerns.