Visit the amazing Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone to receive the gift of eloquence! Originally dating back to around 1200, the castle was originally a timber house that was replaced by a stone fortification 10 years later. It was destroyed in 1446 but quickly repaired by Cormac Láidir MacCarthy. If the legends are to be believed, the Blarney Stone was given to McCarthy by Robert the Bruce, as gratitude for McCarthy’s aid during the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The stone is supposedly half of the Stone of Destiny, which was used for centuries to crown the Kings of Scotland. At Blarney Castle, you will have the opportunity to climb battlements and kiss the stone!
Why kiss the Blarney Stone?
Not only can you tour the castle, but there are also beautiful gardens to stroll through. The peaceful and diverse surroundings are a great place to relax and observe wildlife and a wide range of plants. You can also explore the Badgers Caves that Mcarthey’s soldiers used to escape the castle when it came under siege by Cromwell’s general, Lord Broghill. This is a great activity and ideal for anyone wanting to learn about Irish history and for those wanting to tick off one of the must do’s for Ireland, kissing the Blarney Stone!
- Adult | € 18.00
- Student/Senior | € 13.00
- Child | € 7.00
- Under 8 free
- See website for seasonal opening times