"But the hours behind the wheel have been well rewarded with the brilliant views of the Norwegian fjords, sunsets over the sea and I even got to kiss the Blarney Stone
on a tour of Ireland."
You can opt out of days out if you fancy a break from the open road - but the trip to kiss the Blarney Stone
is not to be missed.
And while the Irish are famous for having the gift of the gab, 45% of those surveyed have yet to kiss the Blarney Stone
in Co Cork.
Be sure to kiss the Blarney Stone
on your way back and your newly found 'gift of the gab' can be used to tell everyone how great Cork is.
Leaning back to kiss the Blarney stone
, with a drop of more than 30m below, I could understand why the Queen and Obama chose to forgo the gift of the gab on their recent trips to Ireland.
You're given the gift of the gab and you don't have to kiss the Blarney Stone
, which is nice considering your back problems.
It has many quintessentially Irish sights and activities among its grand Georgian buildings, including the chance to sip whiskey at the Old Middleton Distillery, and to kiss the Blarney stone
Ican't say I've ever wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone
. But when the opportunity arose, I had to take it and joined the queue at Blarney Castle in County Cork to climb 100 steps to the top of tower where it sits.
Simon has already swum with reat white sharks off the coast of South Africa and still hopes to kiss the Blarney Stone
, spend a night in Paris, drive north on Calfornia Highway One and spend summer in the mountains with wife Maxine.
Of course, we couldn't leave this part of the world without a trip to Blarney Castle and the chance to kiss the Blarney stone
. I should warn those who have never been: if you have a bad back or a severe phobia of heights, this adventure may not be for you.
"Cork has so much to offer - fantastic scenery, bike tours and the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone
at Blarney Castle.
Allow me, please, to kiss the Blarney stone
, find a four-leafed clover, pop my lucky heather in my back pocket, cross my fingers, and hope for the best.
DERRY City players may well opt to kiss the Blarney Stone
in Cork tomorrow afternoon - but only if they open their defence of the FAI Cup with a victory over the Co Cork junior side.
The former rugby player also wants to kiss the Blarney Stone
, swim with sharks, walk around Uluru/Ayers Rock in Australia, share a bottle of Chateau Thornbury Estates wine with friends Felicity and Aidan at the winery, and teach the children of friends' how to fish.
But no way can you not tour around the Castle and grounds,or ascend up the narrow, twistingCastle stairways to kiss the Blarney Stone
. What the attraction is of bending backwards, with necessary assistance,over a frighteningly high battlements gap to kiss a piece of fortification I'llnever know,but that's the Irish for you -and thousands do it annually,in pursuit of the fabled eloquence it bestows.