Kissing the Blarney Stone is on many travellers’ bucket list – but not everyone actually ends up enjoying the experience. Read ten hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about the Blarney Stone below.
Even if you have never set foot on the Emerald Isle (yet), chances are you have probably heard of the Blarney Stone.
On the grounds of the medieval castle of the same name near Cork, the stone is said to give every person that kisses it the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness.
While we can’t quite confirm if the legend is true, millions of visitors make their way to the South of Ireland every year to test their luck – and their fitness, too. Because kissing the Blarney Stone isn’t quite as easy as lip-locking with a random garden stone.
To kiss the famous rocket, you must climb 127 spiral staircases steps, then lie on your back, hold on tight to an iron railing and lean backwards 100 feet off the ground. Love it or hate it; it’s certainly a memorable experience.
And if you are curious what others have to say about it, check out the most hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about the Blarney Stone below.
10. “I hadn’t really thought about all the other lips that had kissed this stone” – you are not the only one
And just in case you hadn’t thought about what that means, Marylilac gives a pretty good summary – and one of the most hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about the Blarney Stone:
“I hadn’t really thought about all the other lips that had kissed this stone before me and it looked like it had been many as it was rather slimy looking. It was too late for me to turn around and go back… my advice is to take some tissues and sanitizer to wipe your lips after.”
9. “It’s fun to watch others drop to the ground in an awkward position” – Blarney is a blast even without the kissing part
TripAdvisor reviewer Beth_sage provides proof that you don’t have to believe in the legend to have a blast at Blarney Castle:
“I did not have any interest in kissing the stone but it’s fun to watch others drop to the ground in an awkward position.”
8. “Kiss the stone should be called break your backbone” – we hope he was joking
French visitor Jean Francois C enjoyed the castle and the park but, judging from this TripAdvisor review, the Blarney Stone itself probably wasn’t his favourite part.
“The story ‘kiss the stone’ should be called ‘break your backbone’”.
Jean Francois C, if you happen to read this, please let us know if you are ok!
7. “10 Euro for a picture of you kissing the virus covered stone” – maybe we should get a pint instead?
Providing us with one of the most hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about the Blarney Stone, DougTMesa found the souvenir pictures of him kissing the famous Cork landmark slightly overrated – and overpriced:
“No charge that I recall at the castle, but 10 Euro for a picture of you kissing the virus and bacteria covered stone.”
He did give it four out of five stars so the experience wasn’t all bad.
6. “The entertainment of watching people kissing the stone was worth the wait” – it’s half the fun
Restless59 enjoyed walking round the castle but decided not to kiss the stone – but had a great time watching others doing just that:
“Luckily the queue to kiss a lump of stone set in a wall at the top of a ruin castle tower wasn’t long, only 20 minutes, but the entertainment of watching people waiting in line was worth it: First up a tight spiral staircase and second to do a gymnastic move to actually kiss the stone lying on your back with your head out over a drop.”
Well, we’re glad he got a laugh out of it at least!
5. “Look up, otherwise all you see in the photo is a body” – a piece of good advice
Kim B watched fellow visitors screw up their photos – no wonder DougTMesa was so annoyed about the ten euro charge.
But do not fret, Kim B left a great tip for everyone who wants a great picture:
“Don’t forget if you are getting a photo taken look up, otherwise all you see is a body as your head is bent over backwards and you can’t tell who is in the photo.”
Thanks, Kim – we will certainly keep that in mind!
4. “One of the creepier things I’ve done in my life” – but we are sure it was memorable
Wondering how exactly you will reach the stone to lip-lock? User Cegis360Playground gave a pretty accurate description – and one of the most hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about the Blarney Stone.
“Here’s the deal – you lie on a burlap sack while a guy holds your ankles. He slides you down this narrow, dark opening. When you get to the end, you kiss the stone and yell at him to pull you out. I gotta tell ya, it was all very creepy to me. Glad I did it, but it’s still one of the creepier things I’ve done in my life.”
To sum, don’t let the fear factor put you off!
3. “Be aware of the pee” – a gross rumour we can’t confirm (or refute)
While many have shared their concerns about kissing a stone thousands of others have kissed before, Skyrider212 has taken the hygienic debate to a whole new level.
“I was informed from local relatives that some locals pee on it,” the TripAdvisor reviewer writes.
“So, I’ll pass this information to anyone who’s planning to kiss the stone. Don’t kiss the stone.”
We can’t confirm if the rumour is true – but we thought you should know just in case.
2. “I found my own stone – castle stone is castle stone!” – follow this advice if you don’t like queuing
DoloresJacoby.Let’sTravel.98368 thought paying, queuing, and potentially hurting your back to kiss a stone was simply not worth it – and left one of our favourite and most hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about the Blarney Stone pointing out a plan B:
“I did not do the acrobatics but found a place dignified for a lady for my own kiss ceremony. No charge! Castle stone is castle stone!”
Well, she’s not wrong.
1. “I started to black out from the blood rushing to my head” – this experience is certainly not for the faint-hearted
HowInBubba and his wife queued for an hour to kiss the stone – but sadly didn’t find the experience quite as enjoyable as they had thought.
While we feel sorry for the pair, we still appreciate them leaving one of the most hilarious TripAdvisor reviews about the Blarney Stone:
“I started to black out from the blood rushing to my head when I was upside down, about one second from lip contact,” HowInBubba writes. “My wife had a similar experience as she worried about her knee replacements.”