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Our visit to Blarney came on a Friday night/Saturday morning, day 5/6 of our driving tour of southern Ireland. We had to be in Cork, just 10km away from Blarney, on Saturday afternoon so my husband could do a swim race and nearby Blarney fit into the plans nicely. It was easier to stay here than in Cork, parking was free and the hotel very easy to find.
I can't see that there's much reason to come to Blarney except to visit the Castle, the guidebooks barely even mention the town. It's best to visit when the castle opens, before the buses start arriving, or later in the afternoon, after they've all head out, to avoid the crowds as this is one of the top tourist draws in the country.
Sure, kissing the Blarney Stone is a bit of a tourist trap and I would have been loath to wait in a queue for the experience but since we beat the crowds, didn't have to wait for the Blarney Stone or endure huge crowds, I really enjoyed our visit to this castle. The overcast weather was perfect for the visit, it gave an eerie feel to the Castle and to the Close which is rumored to be an ancient Druid worship site. So if you find yourself in the general vicinity of Blarney or Cork, I'd say it's worth the visit.
It was quite a different experience with Bunratty Castle, the other highly visited castle in Ireland, where the place was crawling with tourists. There I *was* one of those loathsome bus tourists who arrived midday.
After visiting the Castle and smooching the stone, we toured the grounds for a bit and ran across Blarney House. The... more travel advice
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