Kissing the Blarney Stone, a fairly nondescript block of limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle near Cork in Ireland in 1446, is said to give one ‘the gift of the gab’, that is, fantastic eloquence and the ability to flatter.
In order to reach the stone you must climb through the castle up onto the aforementioned battlements. This would have been quite a feat in itself back in the day but for us it consisted primarily of patient queuing for the best part of an hour. Don’t be disheartened though. Once you reach the top the views are incredible and ultimately you’re about to take part in something unique, so stick with it.