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Blarney Castle VS Barryscourt Castle

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Blarney Castle VS Barryscourt Castle

I read in a Lonely Planet book that they recommend skipping Blarney Castle and seeing Barryscourt Castle instead. Some other stuff I have read makes Blarney sound like a tourist trap as well. Wondering what people's opinons are of the two. I only have time to see one so trying to decide which one to see. Thanks!

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1. Re: Blarney Castle VS Barryscourt Castle

I vote with Blarney Castle, as well as the castle there are beautiful grounds surrounding it which Barryscourt doesn't have.

Also, not sure if Sovenirs are on your list, but one of the better Souvenir shops in the country is just a 5 minute walk from the gates of Blarney castle. The shop is called Blarney Woolen Mills. Barryscourt has nothing like this.

Regards 'touristy', both attract tourists but Blarney would be busier. You can avoid the bulk of tourists by getting to Blarney right at opening time.


Enjoy - whichever one you choose

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2. Re: Blarney Castle VS Barryscourt Castle

Ah the gentle scent of a RS Guide burning on an open fire,, sweet as turf but far less useful.

Yes Blarney castle is a bit tour bus central 10.30-16.00 but the grounds are well worth a look, Possibly the best castle grounds you will find, No one will force you to join the queues to climb the steep narrow uneven stairway and snog the rock.

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