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Faill an tSáis Hill (Ir. Faill an tSáis [OSI], 'cliff of the noose') Kerry County, in Carn List, Conglomerate & sandstone Bedrock

Height: 430.7m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: Q49615 14962 This summit has been logged as climbed by 52 members. Recently by: trekker, gerrym, tommccarthy, Wilderness, Peter Walker, gallybander, frankmc04, madfrankie, mountainmike, chalky, mcrtchly, kernowclimber, Zadok, dtlibra, Don2
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Longitude: -10.203582, Latitude: 52.26624 , Easting: 49615, Northing: 114962 Prominence: 106m,   Isolation: 3.1km
ITM: 449598 615014,   GPS IDs, 6 char: FlantS, 10 char: FlantSás
Bedrock type: Conglomerate & sandstone, (Glashabeg Conglomerate Formation)

Sauce Creek is derived from Irish sás, 'noose', a name referring to the fact that waves and currents make it very difficult to leave this cove by boat.   Faill an tSáis is the 794th highest summit in Ireland. Faill an tSáis is the most northerly summit and also the most easterly in the Brandon Group area.

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Rum and petrol
Short Summary created by aidand,  9 Nov 2012
This peak is really a minor diversion on the walk to the nearby Sauce Creek. The creek features dramatic 300 metre high cliffs dropping into the ocean. It is possible, though not easy or very safe, to climb down to the creek. During the Second World War the creek was a great place for wreckage from sunken ships to be washed ashore. A former coastguard once regaled me with tales of barrels of rum and petrol being washed ashore here.
There is a circular waymarked route 'Suiloid a tSais' to the creek. Brandon Point is a good place to start. Allow 4 hours for the full circuit - a mixture of a fine coastal walk and some pleasant backroads. If you have less time a there and back walk along the waymarked route from Brandon Point will take about 2 hours. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/694/comment/5453/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Faill an tSáis in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: Brandon Creek.
 
simon3 on Faill an tSáis, 2009
by simon3  9 Jun 2009
It's possible to park more or less at the start of the open countryside at O50825 14584 A rather than the Teer Bridge mentioned by dbloke. There's space for 3 or 4 cars.

dbloke mentions that the summit is pretty bleak with which I'd certainly agree (though I did get a mobile signal). The rough ground around the summit is interesting and affords a few places for taking pictures of the Brandon area. Overall however a bit limited - surely the main attraction of the area is Sauce Creek, which is well worth a visit and only around 600m from the summit. There's 300m cliffs plunging into the sea.

Some local history I read said that "It is extraordinary to think, looking at the creek, that three families lived there in the last century, and that one of those families remained into the early years of this century. But above Sauce to the east and west lived more families on what seems equally inhospitable land. At Slieve Glass lived 14 families in the 18th Century, though none remained there by the mid-19th Century." There's more at http://www.edwardcromarty.com/CromCruaich.htm Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/694/comment/3836/
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Nice hike to Sais Creek
by tommyhogan  23 Mar 2011
Climbed to Sais/Sass Creek viewpoint on 22/03/11. Parked in Brandon village & seems to be a new looped walk from the pier to the top of Brandon head, across to Sais & back down via a bog road via the Dingle way. Road & trail generally in very good condition with only 1 or 2 wet patches but it had been dry for days so that would be a big benefit. Excellent views across Brandon & also options to press on from there towards Brandon itself but you'd need a lot more than the 3 hours approx we had.
Also note that the new trail is not marked on any maps including the OS Brandon map, & no info boards anywhere to suggest how long it is so must be new enough. Very well marked once you start though & easy to follow even on the open hill-top. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/694/comment/6283/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Faill an tSáis in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: Sas Creek with Masatiompan in background
One of the Wonders of the Kingdom
by ciarraioch  4 Oct 2011
Parked at the Car Park at Brandon Point (Sron Bhroin) i.e. at the very end of the northward road from Brandon village. Followed David Herman's route ('Hill Walkers Kerry') hugging the coast (as opposed to sticking to the high ground). This is a fantastic route through steep and rugged valleys, streams tumbling to meet the sea with the grinding of rocks in the heavy swell far below. Hard going though as one has to gain the height and lose it several times. The Sas is a revelation as one approaches it from this end. The sky was blue with a strong swell from the NW. Masatiompan towered like a volcano over the surf on a desert island. Great rewards indeed! Returned by the official route across the high ground laid out by the Cloghane walking group. Understated as compared with the outward route - the coastal route is much more exciting. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/694/comment/6547/
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Landslide at Sauce Creek
by aidand  13 Aug 2012
In June 2012 there were reports in the national newspapers of a major landslide near Sauce Creek. The landslide was much less dramatic than the press reports. To view the landslide follow the cliff top along from the creek towards Brandon Point for about 400m. The landslide was about 30 metres wide and 250 m high. It is not visible from the waymarked route.

Sauce Creek is well worth visiting, You can follow the waymarked route - red markers 'Suilóid a tSáis') from the carpark at Brandon Point. Allow about 4 hours for a fine walk out along a dramatic bit of coastline and back by some quiet country roads. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/694/comment/14758/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Faill an tSáis in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: Not much bigger than a sheep
 
dbloke on Faill an tSáis, 2008
by dbloke  18 May 2008
From its northern side you wonder how Faill an tSáis ever made it onto Mountain Views. It seems not much more than a pile of rocks littered with rabbits and their holes. It has a much better profile from the south. It's worth the trip though just to gaze down into the cavern of Sauce Creek. You really wouldn't want to do anything silly here. There's no mobile phone signal at the top, never mind the bottom. At least you'd have the secluded beach to yourself. At least there's a fence - around half of it. The top of Faill an tSáis is featureless with no cairn, although there are a few rocks to perch upon while you have your lunch and admire the view towards Brandon; if it isn't covered in mist. Masatiompan looms above you, but is further away than it appears. The shortest route here is to park at Teer Bridge Q518 138 B and follow the Dingle way along the road which is well signposted. At Q492 146 C there is a sign pointing the path towards Sauce Creek. The more scenic route is to park at Brandon Point Q527 173 D. There is a waymarked trail here up, over and around the cliffs, but it's very undulating. You can cut the corner and take a more direct route but the ground is fairly rough and boggy, with a lot of smaller peaks around to confuse you. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/694/comment/3107/
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