The staircase up to the top of the Castle was twisty, cramped and not for those who are claustrophobic or afraid of heights. There's a rope for visitors to hold on to as they transverse the curvy, narrow stairs but otherwise there isn't much in the way of support during the climb. As the stairwell winds upward there are a number of small rooms which visitors can explore.
The bedrooms, kitchen, and dinning room are only identifiable by the signage as
nothing but rock remains in the space. The views from the top of the castle were pretty remarkable as the Castle overlooked the entire Blarney estate, including the Blarney House and gardens.
I enjoyed the grounds of the Blarney Castle more than the Castle itself. There were a number of different styles of gardens on the grounds to explore. The well manicured lawns were contrasted with the wild Rock Close and bog gardens. The Rock Close area provided a peaceful walk through the woods on a trail lined with modern art sculptures.
|In the Rock Close|
The expansive grounds at the Castle are what made the visit to Blarney worthwhile for me. The Castle was a fun touristy experience and had a rustic old feel to it. But, I could have spent hours wondering around the gardens and grounds as there were so many walking paths, sculptures, and variety of flora to see.
Photographs by Andrew MacKay