Only a short 20-25 minute journey north west from Cork city, Blarney is a pretty town that has grown up around one of the world's greatest legends: the famous Blarney Stone.
Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures.
For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.
May: 9.00am to 6.30pm, Jun-Jul-Aug: 9.00am to 7.00pm, Sept: 9.00am to 6.30pm, Oct-Apr: 9.00am to sundown.
Summer: 9.00am to 5.30pm, Winter: 9.00am to sundown
Last Admissions is 30 minutes before closing.