Posted by: travelrat | January 13, 2012

Blarney Castle Slide Show

Blarney Castle : September 15th, 2011

Even disregarding the famous stone, Blarney Castle is still worth a visit. It stands in a commanding, dominant position on a rock. It’s set in extensive gardens, which includes ‘Rock Close’, a trail which leads through surreally distorted rocks. Another feature is the ‘Poison Garden’, which is exactly what the name implies. The plants are all poisonous normally, although many can be used, in small quantities, for medicinal purposes.

There’s also a cave under the castle, from which tunnels are said to lead to Cork, and even into Kerry. But, there are many who say that’s just a lot of blarney.

Outside the castle grounds is the Blarney Woolen Mill, whose quality products, as well as those of other manufacturers are on sale at a multi-floor store that’s much bigger than the mill itself. It’s not just woolen products that are on sale here, either.

I never was a great fan of the ‘Irish Theme Pub’, that can be found over most of the world. Sure, they serve Guinness, wear green shirts and say ‘faith an’ bejazus!’ a lot, but, apart from that, they’re usually about as Irish as Vladimir Putin.

In Ireland, though, you get the real deal. Close by is a lovely old pub called Christy’s, which is a good place to stop by for a lunchtime sandwich. Their BLT is one of the best I ever tasted, but their ham and mustard was a little heavy on the mustard. And, of course, a small Murphy’s!

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  1. Hi Keith,
    I love the slide show great photos.
    Are you allowed to explore the caves? or can you only go so far? You would think there would be maps for them as a lot of tourists would most likely like to go through and just do some exploring, that of course would be me. 🙂

    • We didn’t see anyone or anything to prevent it, but we didn’t go in very far, as we didn’t have a torch with us.

  2. It’s so green, isn’t it? I guess that’s why they call it the Emerald Isle. It’s just fantastic to see the castle again. I haven’t seen it for many years. What a marvel!

    • Stay tuned; there’s video next week …

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