Blarney Village Co Cork
Blarney just 8km (5 miles) from Cork City is set in beautiful wooded countryside, it is an ideal base to visit the many wonderful sights of Cork and Kerry. Steeped in history and magical charm, Blarney village offers the visitor a host of wonderful things to do and places to discover.
One of the finest things that impresses the first time visitor is the well preserved village square. Blarney is one of the few villages in Ireland which has such a fine amenity, and today it continues to be a focal point of village life. In Tudor style, Blarney village has developed around the square which is owned and carefully maintained by Blarney Castle Estate. The population of Blarney is small, approximately 2,000, and always on hand to welcome visitors to Blarney.
Some great sights to visit include the legendary Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. For many of the visitors to Blarney, their first priority is to kiss the famous Blarney Stone high up on the Castle battlements. Tradition holds that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be endowed with the gift of eloquence “the gift of the gab”, as the locals call it. “There is a stone that whoever kisses never misses to grow eloquent, he may clamber to a lady’s chamber or become a member of parliament”.
Over 200,000 people visit Blarney Castle each year. The castle, built in the 15th-16th Century, is situated in over a thousand acres of magnificent woodland, on the Blarney Castle Estate, making it the ideal place to take walks and enjoy the clean fresh environment of Blarney. Blarney boasts some of the finest accommodation premises in Ireland.