Blarney Castle - Cork - Ireland
Visit the famous Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants and legends of the silver screen have joined millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story is still a matter for debate. Some say it was Jacob’s pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Here it became the Lia Fail or ‘fatal stone’ used as an oracular throne for Irish Kings. It was also said to be the deathbed pillow of St Columba on the island of Iona. Legend says it was then removed to mainland Scotland, where it served as the prophetic power of royal succession, the Stone of Destiny. Others say it may be a stone brought back to Ireland from the Crusades, the Stone of Ezel, behind which David hid on Jonathan’s advice when he fled from his enemy, Saul. A few claim it was the stone that gushed water when struck by Moses. Originally, visitors had to be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the battlements but today they are rather more cautious of the safety of the visitors. The stone itself is still set in the wall below the battlements and to kiss it one has to lean backwards from the parapet walk.
Experience the lake and woodland walks. When walking around the estate you will be able to see many birds. For those wanting culture, there are concerts, dramas and theatre available and if you are not in the mood for walking, you can also go horse riding around the historical site.