Blarney Castle

Home of the Blarney Stone and the world’s most unhygienic tourist attraction.
(But then, what’s the point of having an immune system if you don’t use it?)


Blarney Gate — exit to the Rock Close


Small waterfall in the Rock Close


A watch tower at the castle


This is how the the Blarney Stone is kissed to receive the gift of eloquent and persuasive speech.  It is necessary to sit on the parapet, several stories above ground level, and, hooking your legs on it, lay over backwards, let your head hang upside-down, and kiss the stone.  In modern times, this is done with the help of an assistant who hangs onto the seeker of Blarney.


And when the castle was deemed too drafty and rustic, a modern manor was built.


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