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
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.
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
enjoy the clean fresh environment of Blarney.
Blarney boasts some of the finest accommodation
premises in Ireland. These include hotels,
a caravan and camping park,
town and country homes and farmhouses. Approved self-catering
accommodation is also available. Blarney offers accommodation to
suit all tastes and budgets.
Shopping is a pleasure in the village where there
are a number of excellent outlets, including the world famous
Blarney Woollen Mills. Established in 1824, the outlet has become
one of the largest craft shops in Ireland and is renowned for its
quality produce. Blarney in olden days had been the site of
thirteen mills with the production of linen, plour, paper,
bleaching, dying and iron production, due to the natural layout of
Blarney with the River Martin flowing into the Blarney River
and this in turn flowing into the Shournagh River which proceeds
to flow into the River Lee at Carrigrohane, near Cork City.
offers a superb variety of recreational pursuits to suit all ages.
The golfer has several excellent eighteen hole courses to choose
from; two within five miles of the village. There is a network of
quiet country lanes for the walking enthusiast. Locally, you can
fish for salmon, wild brown trout or coarse fish.
There are several sports and leisure centres for
fitness buffs located in the area, which offer everything from
swimming to gymnasium facilities. For families there's a
delightful woodland farm which features a meandering nature trail
offering a mixture of fun, education and relaxation.
Thursday February 07, 2013