Escorted Rail Tours to Blarney Castle
Kiss the Blarney Stone!
One of Ireland's greatest treasures and internationally famous, the impressive Blarney Castle was built by Cormac MacCarthy in 1446. It was constructed to replace the earlier wooden structure that occupied the site from about 1200. From its completion, the castle saw a relatively turbulent history, and as a result it was lived in less and less frequently. In 1874 the then-owners built Blarney House, a baronial mansion more suited to living in, in the castle's grounds. Today Blarney Castle is partially ruined, though a number of rooms and battlements are open to the public.