Blarney, known as ‘the biggest little village in Ireland’ is one of Ireland’s most picturesque villages. Set in beautiful wooded countryside, just 8km from Cork City, it is an ideal base to visit the many wonderful sights of Cork and Kerry. Steeped in history and magical charm, Blarney offers the visitor a host of wonderful things to do and places to discover such as the famous Blarney Castle, where one can kiss the Blarney Stone. One of the finest things that impress the first time visitor is the well-preserved village square. 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 approximately 2,000 and the people are friendly and welcoming towards the visitor.
Take a walk around Blarney and follow the trail to view the town’s historic highlights with the brand new Heritage Map of Blarney, compiled by the Heritage section of Cork County Council: