Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle stands as one of the most intriguing and magical castles in Ireland. With origins dating back to 1446, it continues to enchant visitors from all over the world who are drawn by the mystical lore of the Blarney Stone.

Legend promises that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquent speech. Visitors flock in their thousands to partake in this charming ritual and leave with the talent of effortless flattery and smooth talking.

Beyond its famed stone, Blarney Castle provides adventurers access to sprawling gardens and grounds that contain hidden grottos, wooded trails, tranquil ponds and poisonous plants. It’s a paradise for explorers and nature lovers alike, sure to inspire fairytalesque imaginings of Irish myths and magic.

For over 600 years, Blarney Castle and Gardens have captured the imagination and curiosity of locals and travellers who revel in its rich stories, vivid gardens and picturesque ruins nestled in the Irish countryside.

History Of Blarney Castle

The lively history of Blarney Castle spans over 600 years of Irish culture, conflict and lore. Constructed in 1446 by the Lord of Muskerry, Blarney Castle served as a stronghold for many clans over the years. It withstood turbulent times including occupations, sieges and fierce battle.

Legend foretells the origins of the magical Blarney Stone tied to a fierce clash in 1446 when the McCarthys and King Cormac McCarthy sent a request for a parley that was never honored. The dishonest request for negotiation made ‘Blarney’ a term for pleasant talking that aims to deceive without accountability.

Beyond war, Blarney Castle also endured the famine, widespread death and disease that gripped Ireland in the 18th century. While the castle decayed in disrepair over the years, its restoration in 1874 allows visitors today to walk in the footsteps of history, immerse in legend and explore the expansive gardens and wooded wonderland.

Where is Blarney Castle Located?

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Stationed just an 15 minute drive from captivating Blarney Castle, The Montenotte Hotel Cork places you amid the magic. After exploring the storied castle, lush gardens and enchanting trails, find tranquility back at our 4-star accommodation.

Take in the panoramic views stretching over Cork City from our Panorama Terrace with a refreshing drink in hand. Enjoy an exceptional dining experience at our Panorama Bistro using fine local ingredients. And relax in the warm, welcoming embrace of truly Irish hospitality.

With a team always on hand to help plan your days out or make recommendations, The Montenotte Hotel offers an ideal base to lose yourself in lore, scenery and adventure. A refined retreat after the rugged beauty of Blarney Castle and Gardens awaits just down the road.


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