A lot of folks considering a trip to the gorgeous and magnificent country of Ireland wonder why it’s on so many people’s bucket lists to kiss the Blarney Stone.
I have to admit I honestly didn’t know either and was curious about it so I had to look up the story of Blarney Castle and why this Blarney Stone was so fascinating to people.
The Blarney Stone is called the stone of eloquence. Eloquence is defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary as follows:
1: discourse marked by force and persuasiveness; also: the art or power of using such discourse
2: the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness
To be honest, there seem to be so many different legends about how the Blarney Stone came to be part of its castle, it’s hard to know which to believe.
Some stories say that it was originally Jacob’s pillow from the Bible and that Jeremiah brought the stone to Ireland. I find this particularly interesting as my Pastor just talked about this story.
They also say that it became a “sorting hat” of kings (as it relates to the Harry Potter Series), and later used as a magic 8-ball of mainland Scotland’s royalty – determining who would rule and was called the stone of destiny.
The Blarney Stone’s return to Ireland is even more difficult to figure out. Some say a portion was returned as a gesture of thanks after a conflict between Scotland and England to Ireland by the Scots.
Other legends tell a completely different tale, saying it was brought back from the Crusades, and that this stone is the one behind which David hid from Saul. Yet one other story says it is the rock which Moses struck and water came out of it.
In any case, it is a huge tourist attraction and millions of people from all over the world have kissed the Blarney Stone. Even Winston Churchill is claimed to have kissed the Blarney Stone.
Here are the top 7 reasons I think you should Kiss the Blarney Stone – and I will, when I get the chance!
1. You’ll get to see an awesome old castle! It’s a 500-year old Irish Castle!
2. Climbing 4 flights of stairs will give you endorphins! And a quad workout! And a great view at the top for magnificent photo ops!
3. 1000+ people go up daily – why shouldn’t that include you?
4. When you go to the Blarney property – there’s so much more to do besides kissing the stone. There are beautiful gardens, a bog garden, a beautiful lake, walking trails, a 100-year-old red cedar tree, & the Blarney House that you can tour as well!
5. So many great photo ops at this location! Arched doorways, castle tops, and kissing the stone, to name only a few.
6. If you’re a history buff and love to learn, the Blarney Castle is a great place for you to visit. Of course, you’ll be drenched in non-stop history and interesting things to learn!
7. Kiss the stone to get the gift of eloquence, of course!
Why Kissing the Blarney Stone is WAY safer today than in the late 1800s
Back in the day, one would have to be suspended by their ANKLES to kiss the stone! Thank goodness today you can just hang onto the rails while an assistant holds you for support while you bend back to kiss the stone. Look at these photos from way back when and modern-day stone-kissing!
Kissing the Blarney Stone 1897
Blarney Stone Now
So, what do you think? Would you do it?