This County Cork castle built in the 15th century is mostly known for its legendary Blarney stone that is claimed to give the power of eloquence to all those who kiss it. This story has become a tradition, and when an Irish talks a lot, he is jokingly asked: "Did you kiss the Blarney stone?" This stone rises up 98 ft high, above one of the walls of the castle,. For those who believe in its magical powers, it is possible to see the stone by visiting the castle, but only if you don't suffer from vertigo.
Blarney Castle, immersed in the beautiful nature of the Cork region, is the most popular local tourist attraction© Michael Walsh / age fotostock
From the top of Blarney Castle, the nature of the Cork region, in the south of Ireland, extends as far as the eye can see© Corbis / age fotostock
According to legend, anyone who kisses the stone, leaning over backwards and holding onto the bars, will be blessed with the gift of eloquence© H Fougere / age fotostock
A greeting card showing Blarney Castle© Circa / age fotostock
A souvenir photo taken at Blarney Castle before setting out to discover more of Ireland© Laura Ciapponi / age fotostock