Blarney Castle was a medieval stronghold near Cork, dating back to before 1200 A.D.
Look at that gorgeous sky!
Here we are in the shadows of the castle...
It is 105 uneven spiral steps up to the top of the castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. This sign was partway up in the castle, just to encourage you to keep going!
The view from the top. The winding path leads around the estate to gardens, the lake and the Blarney House.
This was the line-up to kiss the stone. You can see the person laying down for his turn. At 10:30 in the morning, the wait was pretty good. By the time we got down, the wait was over an hour.
The view below...
Picture of the River Lee, the second largest river in Ireland.
Beautiful flowers in front of memorial commemorating those who died in the wars.