Blarney Castle and Stone
Monacnapa, Blarney, Co. Cork, Ireland
Blarney Castle and StoneIt requires some low-level gymnastics to do it, but local legend claims that anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone, set into the wall below the battlements of Blarney Castle, will be blessed with the gift of gab. The 15th-century tower is a spectacular sight, built by one of Ireland’s great chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. There’s more to the place than just the castle; guests can also enjoy extensive landscaped gardens, including an 18th-century Druidic garden called Rock Close, and a Scottish Baronial–style Victorian mansion.