Kiss the Blarney Stone? You bet!
Irish legend has it that the Blarney Stone is actually half the Scottish Stone of Scone. It was given in 1314, to the King of Munster, Cormac McCathey, who had supported Robert the Bruce with 4,000 Irishmen at the Battle of Bannochbury – which they won.
Blarney Castle as it is seen today is part of the third castle which was built of stone over 600 years ago.
The centre of the battlements house the Blarney Stone. Kiss it and you will gain the gift of eloquence!.
The four levels of Blarney Castle.
The giant fire place on the ground floor of Blarney Castle.
A guide helps tourists kiss the Blarney Stone lying on their back while a photographer records the event.
Ann puckered up and kissed the Blarney Stone .
Crazy – well worth the adrenaline rush – but I’m glad it’s over!
Looking out from the top of Blarney Castle at the surrounding landscape.
The Blarney Castle bell tower is seen through a window slot.
The old bell tower at Blarney Castle.
The murder hole in Blarney Castle.
A TRAVEL TIP:Visit the castle early in the day or you’ll be waiting in a queue of tourists for 2 hours before it’s your turn to kiss the Blarney Stone. Enjoy!