My daughter and I just visited Blarney Castle and they told us there were 120 steps, although it didn't feel like that many.
The world famous Blarney Stone is situated high up in the battlements of the castle. Follow one of the several long, stone spiral staircases up to the top and enjoy the spectacular views of the lush green Irish countryside, Blarney House and The Village of Blarney. The stone is believed to be half of the Stone of Scone which originally belonged to Scotland. Scottish Kings were crowned over the stone, because it was believed to have special powers. The stone was given to Cormac McCarthy by Robert the Bruce in 1314 in return for his support in the Battle of Bannockburn. Queen Elizabeth I wanted Irish chiefs to agree to occupy their own lands under title from her. Cormac Teige McCarthy, the Lord of Blarney, handled every Royal request with subtle diplomacy, promising loyalty to the Queen without "giving in". Elizabeth proclaimed that McCarthy was giving her "a lot of Blarney", thus giving rise to the legend.
Five miles north west of the small city of Cork is the village of Blarney - its name being derived from the Irish An blarna meaning 'the plain'. Near the village, standing almost 90 feet in height, is the solidly built castle of Blarney. Cormac MacCarthy erected the present castle, the third constructed at the site, in 1446. Built on a rock, above several caves, the tower originally had three storeys. On the top storey, just below the battlements on the parapet, is the world famous Blarney Stone, said to give the gift of eloquence to all who kiss it. Kissing the stone is for some people a difficult physical feat. In past times, to kiss the Stone people were hung by their heels over the edge of the parapet. One day a pilgrim broke from the grasp of his friends and went hurtling downward to certain death. Since that time the stone has been kissed by another method. First, you sit with your back towards the stone and then someone sits upon your legs or firmly holds your feet. Next, leaning far back and downward into the abyss while grasping the iron rails, you pull yourself up until you can kiss the underside of the overhanging stone. They dont know for sure where its from but the local story has always been that it was a gift from the scottish in thanks for MacCarthy/desmond support in the battle of bannuckburn (wrong spelling) against the english. The Stone is said to be part of the stone of scon on which scottish kings were traditionally inaugriated. Supposedly, if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you will have the gift of eloquence and persuasion (the gift of gab).
Steps in the Tower of London:Jewel House: No stepsThe Chapel of St Peter Ad Vincula: 4 steps down to entrance, 1 step up at doorwayThe Constable Tower: Down 6 stepsWhite Tower: 11 wooden steps to the first landing, 12 wooden steps to a second landing, and then 13 wooden steps. This leads up to a final 5 stone steps into the entrance (total 41 steps, wood and stone). The Chapel of St John and Medieval Great Hall (Still in the White Tower): A trip around the upper floors and basement of the White Tower involves a total of 206 steps, some irregular and very steep, including a spiral staircase of 101 steps.Bloody Tower: A trip around this tower involves a total of 55 steps. The floors are connected by a very narrow, steep and worn spiral staircase.Medieval Palace: 24 up to entranceThe Wall Walk: There are a total of 162 steps (wooden and stone, and and iron spiral staircase).Beauchamp Tower: A total of 80 steps.
Okay stand on the rock at the entrance to the Maze. You should see this:You notice a strange code in the stone....u...l..u.....r.d....r.....u..l..d..l..u.l..u..l....d..l......u......r...uFirst off, dig here. You'll get a nice surprise. Then this is how the clue works. The dot before the U represents 1 step Up. Make sure to walk, not ride a horse!1 Step Up, 3 Steps Left, 2 Steps Up, 5 Steps Right, 1 Step Down, 4 Steps Right, 5 Steps Up, 2 Steps Left, 2 Steps Down, 2 Steps Left, 2 Steps Up, 1 Step Left, 2 Steps Up, 2 Steps Left, 4 Steps Down, 2 Steps Left, 6 Steps Up, 6 Steps Right, 3 Steps Up.
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