Blarney Castle is one of Ireland’s most significant symbols along with St Patrick’s Cathedral and Guinness Brewery. Located in the southern Ireland, this 15th centuries Castle is included virtually in all Ireland vacation packages. Visiting Ireland can not be complete without visiting some of the most spectacular Ireland Castles that are center stones for Irish culture and heritage.
Learn 7 Interesting Facts about Blarney Castle by reading below.
1. Kissing the Blarney Stone according to the local legend will make you an eloquent and persuasive speaker. Many visitors to Ireland make their goal to touch and kiss famous Blarney Stone. Don’t think that kissing the Stone of Eloquence comes at a low price, you have to be truly brave to hang upside down at an impressive height to actually kiss it.
2. The actual Blarney Stone was given to King of Munster by Robert the Bruce as a sign of gratitude for supporting him at the battle of Bannockburn. This stone was incorporated into the walls of Blarney Castle becoming the Stone of Eloquence.
3. Perhaps it’s due to the Stone of Eloquence or Dermott McCarthy’s (owner of the castle) flattering talking that prevented the Castle’s surrender to Queen Elizabeth I. This led to the term “Blarney talk” which stands for a speaker’s brilliant ability to coax opponents to take his side.
4. The Blarney Stone holds many different sacred legends that draw thousands of tourists every year.
5. Blarney Castle building that we are lucky to see today is not the original building that was built on this site. In fact, it’s the third structure that was erected after two first ones had been demolished due to foundation problems.
6. Blarney House is another historically significant structure located on the premises of the Blarney Castle. The Blarney House is a lakeside mansion built by the former Governor of the City of Cork, Sir James Jefferyes.
7. Rock Close is a mysterious area on the grounds of Blarney Castle displaying rather interesting rock formations that were given creepy names like Witches Stone and Druids Circle to name a few.
If visiting the Blarney Castle is on the top of your travel itinerary, staying at the Blarney Woolen Mills Hotel situated in the heart of the Cork City in Ireland will complete any perfect Ireland vacation.