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Dingle West Area
Maximum height for area: 516 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 461 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 70 For all tops   Highest summit: Mount Eagle, 516m
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Inishnabro Hill Inis na Bró A name in Irish
(Ir. Inis na Bró [logainm.ie], 'island of the quernstone') Kerry County, in Binnion List, Red sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 175m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: V21269 93042 This summit has been logged as climbed by 16 members. Recently by: MichaelE, Colin Murphy, march-fixer, zanzibar, acorn, kernowclimber, sandman, mcrtchly, Conor74, Bernieor, dbloke, wicklore, Peter Walker, osullivanm, madfrankie
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Longitude: -10.606801, Latitude: 52.060946 , Easting: 21269, Northing: 93042 Prominence: 175m,   Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 421260 593095,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Inshnb, 10 char: Inishnabro
Bedrock type: Red sandstone & siltstone, (Bulls Head Formation)

This island is higher and more rugged than its neighbour, Inishvickillane. Tomás Ó Criomhthain records in An t-Oileánach (The Islandman) how the well-known melody Port na bPúcaí magically came to one of the Daly family living on Inishnabro. This story in turn inspired Seamus Heaney's poem The Given Note.   Inis na Bró is the 1423th highest summit in Ireland. Inis na Bró is the second most southerly summit in the Dingle West area. It's also the third most westerly summit in .

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Inis na Bró in area Dingle West, Ireland
Picture: Looking north to Inis na Brò
A rare view of Inis na Brò
by wicklore  19 Nov 2011
I took advantage of the recent trip to An Tiaracht to take this photo of Inis na Brò from the air. The sea roiling and boiling around the base seems to be the standard for these Blasket Islands. The photo is a little smudgy as it was taken through the perspex window of the helicopter. It is taken from the south looking north, and the main Blasket Island of Croaghmore is visible further north at the top of the photo.

As can be seen from the photo, this is not an island that will be easily reached and climbed. But no doubt an intrepid band of MountainViewers will do it someday! Until then we can only look and wonder and dream.... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1043/comment/6629/
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Rocket Man
by Conor74  9 Sep 2012
The landing on the island is pure James Bond, with the dinghy scraping through an archway barely wide enough to allow us through before entering a little cove hidden from the sea. The island nearly became even more like a scene out of You Only LiveTwice when in 1973 it was proposed as the launching site for a space flight by the youthful Dr. Gary Hudson. He wrote a letter to the Irish Vice Consul in the USA pointing out that as a neutral country with no affiliated space programme, access to the EEC and the grants that would flow, the island's isolation from a large population in the event of a serious accident, and ready access to fuel (one assumes springy heather must be ideal rocket fuel), Inis Na Bro would be the perfect launch site. He claimed his plans were supported by one astronaut who had walked on the moon. He had been taken to the island by the Kerry tourist board and claimed they were enthusiastic, perhaps the suggestion that it would provide 100 jobs enticed them. Apparently Dr. Hudson believed that by 2000 we earthlings would need to mine the moon to obtain much of our raw materials. The suggestion was taken seriously enough by the Irish diplomatic corps in the USA to arrange a meeting with Dr. Hudson. Sadly for them, but happily for those who cherish the beauty and value of the Blaskets, the initial enthusiasm was met with a little more cynicism on this side of the Atlantic, as the Vice Consul was advised by the Government here to "be on (their) guard lest the whole thing...be a gigantic leg pull"!

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/secret-plans-for-irish-spaceship-revealed-127645 A.html Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1043/comment/14799/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Inis na Bró in area Dingle West, Ireland
Picture: Homeward bound
A view along the island
by wicklore  9 Sep 2012
The upper reaches of Inis na Bro are covered in deep bell heather. When added to the spongy grasses and mosses elsewhere, it meant that the 175 metre ascent from sea level required more of an effort than a comparable ascent elsewhere. This photo shows the group leaving the summit to return to the boat, with the south of the island stretching before us and Inishvickillane beyond. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1043/comment/14803/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Inis na Bró in area Dingle West, Ireland
Picture: Inishnabro NE end
Jagged cathedral.
by simon3  10 Sep 2012
Cathedral Rocks at the NE end of Inishnabro.
In the background is Tearaght Island around 6 km away. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1043/comment/14804/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Inis na Bró in area Dingle West, Ireland
Picture: A rarely seen cove
The hidden entrance to Inis na Bro
by wicklore  9 Sep 2012
As Conor74 has pointed out, the access point for Inis na Bro is rather startling. Behind the rugged and sharp rocks that ring the island lies a tiny hidden cove, accessed through a narrow breach in the rocks. Because the dingy was inflatable it was able to squeeze through, scraping the sheer rock face on either side, with cheery calls of 'watch your heads and backs' issuing from the able navigator. Once inside the cove, there is a quick step onto the rocks before a rather steep and exhilarating climb up a grassy gully to the gentler slopes above.

Inis na Bro does not have sheep, so deep heather is in abundance, especially on the last haul up to the summit. Views are amazing of the surrounding islands of Inisvickillane, Tearaght, and the Great Blasket. Inis na Bro is another island with gentle eastern slopes and fierce, sheer west-facing cliffs. There are no obvious remains of human settlements, and a flock of seagulls huddled on the SE end of the island, perhaps deciding what to do about these most unexpected visitors.

We saw some giant slugs and the burrows of either rabbits or petrels. They must live in absolute peace from humans for most of the year, and even our visit was short and hopefully not too intrusvive for them.

My photo shows the hidden cove with the entrance sea-arch behind as the dingy squeezes through. A most remarkable way to access an island! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1043/comment/14802/
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Picture: The eastern flanks of the island
Another view of Inis na Brò
by wicklore  19 Nov 2011
Simply in the interest in expanding our knowledge, I'm attaching another picture of Inis na Brò. This one shows the eastern side of the island, and it is obvious that this is much more gently sloped than the fierce western side. Even so, the gentle slopes seem to end at a sheer drop all the way around, and I'd reckon this is a 15-20 foot drop at the lowest section about half way up the island.

Croaghmore is visible top right, with Inishtooskert faintly visible top left. Apologies for the lack of clarity, but the photo was taken through the perspex window of the helicopter that brought me to An Tiaracht. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1043/comment/6630/
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