The Blarney Stone is built into the battlements at Blarney Castle. It is said that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, then you are bestowed with the gift of eloquence or as we say in Ireland you get “the gift of the gab”. To get the gift of the gab you climb to the highest battlement and lean over the edge backwards and kiss the Stone.
There are many theories and stories about the origins of the Stone and why it bestows the gift of eloquence on all those who kiss it. One of the stories is that it is a stone brought back from the crusades, “the stone of Ezel,” behind which David hid when fleeing from Saul. It has also been said that it is a piece of the stone of Destiny (a Scottish prophetic stone used to select royal succession) given to Cormac MacCarthy by Robert the Bruce, in thanks for aid given in the battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Another story refers to Cormac Laidir MacCarthy having a pending lawsuit and praying to the Goddess Cliodhna for aid. He was told to kiss the first stone along the road. He followed the instructions and due to his eloquence in court won his case. He then brought the stone to the castle and had it incorporated into the structure. Another legend has it that the magic of the stone was revealed to the MacCarthys by a witch as thanks for them intervening on her behalf and saving her life.
Kissing the Blarney Stone to receive the gift of the gab is a tradition drawing many visitors to Blarney for over 200 years. Irish Day Tours give you the opportunity to tick this activity off your bucket list!