Blarney Castle is located approximately 5 miles from the city of Cork, near the river Martin. It is one of many castles located in County Cork in Munster Province - and arguably the most famous!
To get to Blarney Castle from the Dublin Airport, take the M1 out of the airport and follow signs to the M50, then the N7, then the M7 to Limerick / Cork. Expect a journey of approximately 3 hours.
The castle we see today is actually the third on this site. Built by the King of Munster, it has been standing since the 15th century.
It is most famous for the Blarney Stone, which is built into its battlement structure. Kissing the stone is said to bestow the gift of gab.
Millions of people, including celebrities and world leaders have made the climb to the top of the castle, and accomplished the feat.
One of the best features is the castle grounds, with lovely landscaping and breathtaking views. In good weather you are likely to encounter a harpist, filling the air with lovely Celtic sounds.
It is probably obvious - at Irish Expressions, we love Irish castles! The Emerald Isle is dotted with hundreds of these incredible structures.
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