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It took us four visits to finally arrive at Blarney Castle, just outside Ireland’s second-largest city, Cork. But we did it and we were happy to finally kiss the Blarney Stone!

We would have loved to kiss the Blarney Stone forever, but the routes and schedules never allow us to make a detour to try our luck at the gift of GAB.

But during this last trip to The Green Island, we took care not to miss it.

When we arrived at Blarney Castle, we expected to walk to the stone, peck, and continue.

But there is so much more to Blarney Castle than just kissing the Blarney Stone. Take a few hours to explore the terrain.

Blarney Castle-History

Blarney Castle is one of those magical castles that will take your breath away when you first enter.

We have seen a lot of castles during our travels, but there is something special about Blarney.

As soon as you see the view, you feel the Magic in the sky. It is in excellent condition and stands proudly on picturesque parks that stretch over 60 acres.

About Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle was built six centuries ago and is run by a family.

The third of the Three Castles on this site was built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy, King of Munster, and has since been ruled by his descendants who still live on the site.

How the Blarney Stone was born

The Blarney stone was born when Robert The Bruce of Scotland (we all remember Braveheart) won a famous victory over Edward II of England at Bannockburn.

The MacCarthys provided 5,000 foot soldiers to help him in this triumph, and as a reward for their help, Bruce gave them a piece of the stone of destiny, the stone on which the kings Of Scotland were crowned.

Many legends about the Blarney stone

The Irish are excellent storytellers and there are many legends about the creation of the Blarney stone.

But this is my favorite story, and our guide told us that the other half is on display protected under glass somewhere in London.

But how did the Blarney stone become a whetstone?

We are told that Cormac Teige McCarthy, Lord of Blarney, has received many requests from the Queen of England to cede her lands to her.

McCarthy had a knack for talking and regularly sent letters floating around the issue, but decorated the Queen with flattery by saying that he would be happy to pledge allegiance to the queen.

Blarney Castle and Gardens

If you are visiting Blarney Castle, be sure to spend at least an afternoon in the castle gardens.

There is a harmful garden that suits a royal family that is trying to eliminate its rivals.

Filled with plants such as mandrake, ricin, Wolfsbane, and Opium, the gardens date back to a time when plants were used to treat health issues and relieve health problems.

I tend to watch a lot of movies and TV shows, so I imagine a dark period when kings and queens were infected by their faithful servants who wanted to follow the throne.

Or maybe I’ve been watching Game Of Thrones too much.

The McCarthys had a witch on their land who advised them and told them about the powers of the Blarney Stone.

Visitors can leave a coin and ask the witch to fulfill her wish.

But don’t worry, they say she only goes out at night when Castle Park is closed.

But you can visit his kitchen, where a famous chef once cooked a pot of porridge, or you can see the sacrificial stone at the top of the path.

If you are brave enough to take a step back with your eyes closed and not think about anything other than your wish, that wish will come true in a year!

When you walk through the Fairy Glade, there are signs asking you to keep an eye. You don’t want to step on naughty fairies today.

I had just told Dave that we could spend the whole day in the castle grounds when I heard a group of young American boys say the same thing.

It is an attraction for all ages to visit Blarney Castle.

many of people can massively peck at the Blarney Stone, but it is the gardens and gardens of Blarney Castle that make it special.

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