the blarney castle

Happy Valentine’s Day @fairytalesandtimetravel!!! I had so much fun talking to you this month, though I apologize for how infrequent it got as the school year decided to slam everything down on me. Now this is a bit more St. Patrick’s Day than Valentine’s, but I loved your prompt and pulled in some of my own experiences as well ;)


“Doesn’t this country know it’s summer?” Emma grumbled as she pulled her beanie more snugly around her ears.

Her new beanie, made with genuine Irish wool (dyed green, since Mary Margaret said it matched Emma’s eyes), because it was the end of June and Emma had foolishly believed that she could wear summer clothes on this trip around the British Isles.

But apparently Ireland hadn’t received the message that the summer solstice had passed two days before; the rolling green hills were capped with low-hanging gray clouds, blocking any sunshine from warming the air. Everyone had bought out the gift shop’s supply of wool sweaters and scarves the night before, after the news report that the next few days were sure to be more of the same. As she dubiously eyed the path up to the castle, Emma had yet to decide if there was a constant drizzle or if it was just that foggy, but either way the weather was chilly and damp.

And the most infuriating thing of all? The island still managed to be one of the most beautiful places she’d ever been to.

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Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland ~ Earlier fortifications were built of wood on the same spot prior to 1200 CE.  Around 1210 a stone fortification was built. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, Lord of Muscry.  Caisleán na Blarnan has been sold and changed hands a number of times.  The castle is now a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.  Presently owned by Sir Charles St John Colthurst, the property is open to the public.

69-andy-69  asked:

Hi! I'm French and I'm going to visit the south of Ireland this summer but I don't know what to visit with my family in the south.... What do you recommend us to visit ? What are your favorite places ? Love from France :)

Depends on how far south and what counties! Off the top of my head: Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Ring Gaeltacht (Waterford), Skellig Michael, Ceann Trá Gaeltacht, if anyone has more to add in the general south reblog and add!