Blarney Stone and Castle, Cork, Ireland – Top 10 Things to See and Do

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  • Created: November 18, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Cork
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Blarney Castle and the world Famous Blarney stone are located just to the north of Cork City in the south of Ireland. The castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney dating from before 1200, when a wooden structure was believed to have been built on the site, although no evidence remains of this. Around 1210 this was replaced by a stone fortification and this was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy one of Ireland's greatest chieftains. The castle is now a partial ruin with some great accessible rooms, battlements and dungeons.

At the top of the castle lies the famous Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. Tourists visiting Blarney Castle climb to the top of the battlements and hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquence or the 'gift of the gab'. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned. Kiss the Blarney Stone and you will never again be lost for words. 

1. Blarney Stone and Castle, Cork, Ireland - Top 10 Things to See and Do

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