Blarney Castle known as Caisleán na Blarnan in Irish, is a medieval castle in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland. It was originally a timber lodge built in the 10th century, and was then replaced by a stone castle in 1210.
Blarney Castle located in Blarney Village, just northwest of Cork City was built by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy and is one of Ireland’s most sought-out attractions.
The MacCarthys held sway over Blarney and Munster throughout the many tumultuous centuries of Anglo-Irish conflict until the defeat of the old Irish nobles at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, after which the Lord of Blarney was exiled.
The Blarney Stone, also known as the Stone of Eloquence, is located atop the castle’s tower, going up the 127 steps to the top of the castle, 37 feet high, will find the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words. But don’t take our word for it – everyone from Sir Walter Scott to a host of American presidents, world leaders, and international entertainers has been eager to take advantage.
Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland‘s greatest treasures.
If people come for the Stone, many stay for the mystical and beautiful Rock Close and gardens.
Blarney Castle presents a fairytale picture, its tall towers are set within wonderful gardens containing such romantically named landmarks as, the Druids Altar, the Witches Kitchen and the Wishing Stairs. All of which add to the whole magic of Blarney Castle.
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