Blarney Castle is one of the most well known attractions in Ireland due to the Blarney Stone at the top of the castle. The photo above shows the main castle buildings that remain standing.
This is a view of the top of the castle, where the Blarney Stone is located. Legend is that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you will obtain the gift of eloquence. The original castle dates from 1200, but the current castle was rebuilt in the 1400's. It was besieged and captured by British Parliamentarian forces during the wars in the 1690's.
Near Blarney Castle is Blarney House, a mansion built in the 1870's.
This is a view from the top of Blarney Castle across the meadows to the Blarney Woolen Mill. It appears to be an old woolen mill that is now used as a restaurant and store that advertises itself as the largest Irish-themed store in Ireland. I believe them.
The gardens surrounding Blarney Castle are beautiful. In addition to the lawns and flowers, there is an area with trails, waterfalls, stone bridges, a walkway across a bog, and other features.