Cobh (Cork), Ireland
Kiss the Blarney Stone in County Cork
City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All
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Tour through County Cork, a region steeped in 4,000 years of history, rich in culture and heritage. In the city of Cork, view the splendid French-Gothic Cathedral of St Fin Barre and the medieval core of the city, still intact.
Not far away, you'll find historic Blarney Castle. While visiting the castle you can kiss the Blarney Stone set beneath the battlement wall. Legend says that the stone imparts the gift of eloquence to those who kiss it. You must lean backwards from the parapet walk (held by strong arms of a couple of Irish gentlemen) in order to do so. Blarney's unusual 18th-century "rock close" garden is believed to be the remains of a Druid site, with huge boulders and a sacrificial altar.
Stop at the Blarney Woolen Mill (1793) to browse through a wide range of Irish clothing, crystal, linen and handicrafts. Enjoy an Irish coffee before you return to Cobh.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. There may be a wait to kiss the Blarney Stone at the castle. Guests with physical limitations or a fear of heights can skip kissing the Blarney Stone. There are 108 steps on a narrow spiral case to reach the stone; there can be long lines and patience is required. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.