Blarney Castle

2 Dec

Randall Blake

On Saturday, I went to Blarney Castle and saw some incredibly beautiful sights. As I entered, I was astounded by the natural beauty of the lands. There are so many open fields, benches and gardens to walk through before you even get to the castle itself. The Rock Close is a mystical place, and it is said that the Rock Close used to be a settlement for the Druids. At the end, you reach the Water Garden, with two flowing waterfalls. This place is supposedly magical, where it is rumored that if you walk down the “Wishing Steps” backwards with your eyes shut, all of your dreams will come true. Past this is the Castle itself, where there are many floors and steps taking you all the way to the top. At the top, there is the world famous Blarney Stone. According to legend, if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you will have ten years of good luck. That might be where the phrase “the luck of the Irish” comes from. All of this beauty makes it hard to believe that, years ago, there was a major battle at that spot. Cromwell’s soldiers raided the castle, but there Irish troops had left the castle through a secret cave exit and took all of the gold from the castle with them. This history combined with the beauty makes Blarney Castle one of my favorite places to visit in Ireland. 

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