In my ignorance of compulsory Irish travel experiences, I assumed that the Blarney Stone was sticking out of a wall somewhere, and that those who wanted to gain the Irish gift of eloquence could stroll up and give it a kiss.
I didn’t realise you needed to be a contortionist with nerves of steel.
Blarney Castle in County Cork is set in a huge area of manicured gardens.
Mevrouw T and I scaled the 127 steps, following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Oliver Hardy, the plaques informed us.
At the top of the keep, a couple of gentlemen waited to assist potential kissers get the most out of the experience. One helped me to lie on my back on a sheet of plastic, grip the iron bars and lower myself backwards over the gap.
The other operated the camera (EUR10 for a photo of the embarrassing moment).
The process completed, I now look forward to a lifetime of being endlessly eloquent in stressful situations.
Entry to Blarney Castle and Gardens costs EUR10.00, which includes rights to one kiss.
Photos of kissing action by Mevrouw T.
The writer was the guest of Failte Ireland.