Ealier this year (2011), whilst in the Cork, my girlfriend and I used the local buses to go visit Blarney. Most famous for Blarney Castle and the Blarney stone, the area was exactly like how I expected rural Ireland to be, and I loved it. The stone walls, the village green, the local pub. Stereotypical maybe, but beautiful definitely!
We wandered up to the grounds of the castle and paid our entrance fee of 10 Euro each and then simply strolled through the grounds without a care. The landscaping was stunning, and looked even better in the blazing sun. The castle was a little tourist minded, but it was very very interesting, and yes I snogged the stone. My inability to tell the time meant that we had an hour to wait for the next bus back to Cork town centre, so we stopped briefly in the local pub. Booze is slightly expensive in Ireland, but it wouldn’t be a trip to Ireland without the consumption of … cider, I’m not a Guinness man sorry.
It was by far my most favourite day we spent in the Cork area