It was Frank’s cousin, who lives in Ireland, who convinced us we needed to go to the Blarney Castle, about three and a half hours away from Dublin.
I expected Blarney castle to be swimming with people waiting in line to kiss the Blarney Stone. But even though it was a beautiful day, it was relatively quiet.
|Frank can barely fit through|
I am kind of a midget and the close quarters in the dungeons made my skin crawl.
After Frank did his best dungeon pose…
But the castle was much more interested than I expected.
I think my favorite part of the castle was the murder hole.
|Nothing like throwing hot liquids on your guests to make sure|
they never stop by unannounced again!
I was so in awe of the castle, I forgot what happens when you get to the top. You kiss the Blarney Stone! Only, you have to lay down and look upside down to do it, with only some crazy guy holding on to you. Did I mention it’s about 90 feet in the air?
|This is quite frightening!|
After you kiss the stone, the story is you will have the “gift of gab.” I think I already had that before, although most people wouldn’t call it a gift, but instead, annoying. The view from the top though, when you aren’t upside down kissing a stupid rock, is breathtaking.
|The website for Blarney Castle says "the plants are so dangerous and toxic that they may be kept in large cage-like structures." One of the plants is Cannabis, which is not-so-dangerous, but we also saw Wolfsbane, which contains a|
deadly poison. Awesome!
The Rock Close…
|The brochure says the Rock Close is a "mystical place on the|
stie of an ancient druidic settlement." I just thought it was
And the beautiful lake… where Frank’s cousin, Conor, didn’t realize the fence was electric and touched it.
|Moments after the incident. I didn't catch Conor in action |
because I was laughing too hysterically!
You can visit the Blarney Castle and the surrounding grounds all year long (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – the Irish are very particular about Christmas), but the times vary depending on the seasons.
Total Cost: 12€/person (about $16)
Best Deal: Eating a Twister popsicle outside of the castle
These things are ah-maz-ing and to my knowledge, not sold in the States!