Blarney is a town in County Cork, Ireland. It lies 5 km north-west of Cork city and is famed as the site of Blarney Castle, home of the legendary Blarney Stone.
One of the finest things that impress 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. The village has developed around the square which is owned and carefully maintained by Blarney Castle Estate. Blarney is small village and the people are friendly and welcoming towards the visitor.
Some great sights to visit include the legendary Blarney Stone at the 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.
Over 250,000 people visit Blarney Castle each year. The castle is situated in over a thousand acres of magnificent woodland, making it the ideal place to take walks to enjoy the clean fresh environment of Blarney.
Shopping is a pleasure in the village where there are a number of excellent outlets, including the world famous Blarney Woollen Mills.
Blarney 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.