Castle Blarney is considered by most people the iconic image of Ireland. Situated in Country Cork, this castle started to be recognized all over the world. If you are fascinated by history and mostly by castles, then Castle Blarney is a must visit place. This castle is a very popular place for tourists who come to Ireland, over a million visitors from all over the world, every year.
There are many legends about this castle, but there is one commonly accepted story. It says that back in 1314 at the battle of Bannockburn, in recognition for Irish, Robert the Bruce gave a part of the stone to the King of Munster, Cormac McCarthy. Then, the Castle Blarney was named the Blarney Stone. Later, in 1446, King Dermot McCarthy placed the stone in an enlarged castle he constructed.
Kissing the Blarney Stone became a tradition. A lot of people, tourists, even famous writers, actors, and government leaders came to the Blarney Castle planning to kiss the famous stone. The tricky part is that kissing the Blarney Stone is not like a walk in the park; you just go there and kiss it. The stone is situated on the highest place of the castle and by kissing it you must lean backwards over the edge to get close enough to it. This tradition doesn’t get an exact date, but it is said to be around 18th century.
Legends say that every man or woman who kisses the stone will be into great wealth and will be famous, or find the love of their lives. Probably that makes the Blarney Stone so famous and every visitor wants to kiss it.
So if you are planning a visit to Ireland, don’t hesitate to make a tour of the Castle Blarney. Maybe, if you are not afraid of heights, you will kiss the Blarney Stone, and who knows, you will become famous or you will find your true love. What castles did you visit lately and what stories or legends did you hear about it?
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