Why Do People Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland?

Our focus today will be the Blarney Stone, why it’s worth visiting Blarney Castle, and why people kiss the stone.

Blarney Stone is a popular tourist attraction in Ireland ( our top 10  things to do in Ireland) and is a part of Blarney Castle – a castle which has been around since before the 13th century.
The most popular aspect of Blarney Castle is Blarney Stone. People from near and far travel to kiss the stone, but most of us aren’t sure why exactly they do this.

In this article, we’ll be discussing Blarney Stone, what makes it worth visiting, and why it’s a fantastic location to visit while in Ireland.

Kissing the Stone

This When you kiss the Blarney Stone, you are living life “on the edge”. At first, you might think that it’s just kissing a stone, so what’s the big deal?
Even though it might seem that way, it’s a lot more than just kissing a stone. You must lie down, place your head over the edge and backwards, and kiss the wall. Take a moment to imagine that – at first it might seem scary, but it’s a thriving experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

What is the Blarney Stone?

Blarney Stone is a part of the Blarney Castle structure and for years, it’s been a tourist hotspot.
While there are plenty of rumours and fantasy’s about how Blarney Stone came about and why people kiss it, there has yet to be an official publication released about it.
That being said, many rumours point in the general direction of the stone kisser being blessed with becoming eloquent.

Some of the Reasons for Kissing the Blarney Stone

Below are some of the most popular reasons for people kissing the Blarney Stone, and why you should visit it during your time in Ireland.

The View. When we talk about the view, we’re not referring to the view of a hanging upside down from the top of the castle (even if that is an amazing view!). When you’re at the top of the castle next to the Blarney Stone, take a look over the edge. The scenery around the castle looks magnificent and makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.

Blarney Castle. If you visit Blarney Castle then you simply must kiss the Blarney Stone – there’s no arguing it. If you don’t, you’ll regret missing out on an unforgettable experience. While the main attraction of the castle is the Blarney Stone, the castle itself is full of history and while touring it, you’ll find out a lot of cool and interesting historical facts about the castle’s origin.

The Experience. Let’s face it, regardless of whether you’re interested in the history behind Blarney Castle or not, kissing the Blarney Stone is an experience that you’ll never remember. After all, you’re dangling your head tilted backwards off the side of a castle – how could anyone forget an experience like that?

Interested in Visiting Blarney Stone?

If you’re interested in checking out Blarney Stone for yourself, make sure that you plan accordingly. Blarney castle  is located in the South-West of Munster and is roughly 8km North-West of Cork.
In the Summer, admission times are 9am until 5.30pm. Costs vary.

To Conclude…

Are you heading to Ireland this Summer and you’re looking for some exciting ways to spend time with the family? Nothing says fun like hanging upside down from the top of a castle and kissing it with your head tilted backwards! Trust me, it’s an experience that you’ll never forget.

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