If you are visiting Ireland then you got to visit one of Ireland's most picturesque villages. Set in beautiful wooded countryside, just 8km(5 miles) from Cork City, it is an ideal base to visit the many wonderful sights of Cork and Kerry. If you wish to rent a car it is best to book in advance and pick up at Cork Airport Airport Car Hire or Cork city from Ireland Car Hire.
Steeped in history and magical charm, Blarney offers the visitor a host of wonderful things to do and places to discover. The name 'Blarney' is taken from the Gaelic word: 'Blar' which means open field. One of the finest things that impresses the first time visitor is the well preserved village square, with the traditional green area in the centre. Blarney is one of the few villages in Ireland which has such a fine amenity, and today it continues to be a focal point of village life. In Tudor style, the village has developed around the square which is owned and carefully maintained by Blarney Castle Estate. The population of Blarney is small, approximately 2,000 and the people are friendly and welcoming towards the visitor.
Some great sites to visit include the legendary Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. For many of the visitors to Blarney, their first priority is to kiss the famous Blarney Stone high up on the Castle battlements. Tradition holds that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will be endowed with the gift of eloquence - 'the gift of the gab' - as the locals call it. Over 200,000 people visit Blarney Castle each year. The Castle is situated in over a thousand acres of magnificent woodland, making it the ideal place to take walks to enjoy the clean fresh environment of Blarney.
To those who do not know Ireland, the title ' village' does not do justice to Blarney, a village that has played a keen and enthusiastic role in Irish tourism for many years. Blarney was a thriving village over one hundred years ago and had the basis of a sustainable tourism industry - accommodation, good road and rail access, and places to visit. It is on the foundation developed in the last century that the Blarney that we know today, developed a thriving tourism industry. Blarney continues to be widely known internationally, even in places where the word 'Ireland' may not be fully understood.