Blarney is only a short distance from where I live and I never realised how beautiful the grounds are and what a wonderful day out it is. It was built nearly 600 years ago so it is not surprising that the castle is not really accessible for people with impaired mobility but the good news is that the grounds are accessible, with assistance in some places and there is virtual tour available on their website. Click HERE to visit. The natural terrain militates against solo wheelchair visits and in any event visits to sites like this always warrant company not only for assistance when needed but to talk about things you’ve seen etc.
Mairead’s in-laws to be, Rupert and Blossom made their first visit to Ireland, and more particularly Cork, for a weekend recently. We brought them to Blarney Woolen Mills for a shopping spree and then a cuppa and scone in the adjoining restaurant before going on to explore the grounds of Blarney Castle, the ultimate tourist magnet in Cork and a venue that is often ignored by the local population. It really is worth a visit. I, of course, looked at it from an accessibility view point and it really ticks all the boxes. The staff at the entrance were welcoming and informative and gave us a map showing the wheelchair route around the gardens.
The castle itself is not very accessible in which case disabled visitors would have to be content with blowing a kiss to the famed Blarney Stone. The “Poison Garden” at the base of the castle is worth a look at but the gravel path does not make it easy. The Fern Garden & Ice House, the Bog Garden and the Irish Garden are each worth looking at. We went on to look at Blarney House which is a magnificent building but we didn’t attempt to go in as the weather was just too beautiful to spend indoors. It would be very easy to lose track of time in this glorious estate in fine weather and there is no better attraction in County Cork.
DAR 5 stars