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Brandon Mountain Cnoc Bréanainn A name in Irish
also Mount Brandon an extra name in English
(Ir. Cnoc Bréanainn [OSI], 'Brendan’s hill') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Rhythmically bedded sandstone Bedrock

Height: 951.7m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: Q46042 11605 This summit has been logged as climbed by 819 members. Recently by: wjnunan, GillSte, harry84, IainT, toblereoghan, amgall, HeartTrek, Balor, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, daithileonard, seantmcauliffe, Higherthanabird, Martinpeak
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Longitude: -10.254336, Latitude: 52.235113 , Easting: 46043, Northing: 111606 Prominence: 934m,   Isolation: 0.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 446026 611659,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Brndn, 10 char: Brandon
Bedrock type: Rhythmically bedded sandstone, (Ballymore Sandstone Formation)

Brandon is the only one of Kerry's 3,000 foot peaks located outside the Reeks. It is strongly associated in tradition with St. Brendan the Navigator, from whom it gets its name. The story of St. Brendan, who set sail from Ireland in a boat of wood and leather and found new lands to the west, was popular in many countries of medieval Europe. The mountain was the focus of a pilgrimage, which probably goes back to a time before both St. Brendan and the arrival of Christianty altogether. Its importance may be due to the fact that, being so far west and so high, it is the place where the sun can be seen the latest as it sinks below the horizon. Named Brandon Mountain on OS Discovery map. Called Sliabh nDaidche in Beatha Bhréanainn, St.Brendan's Life, where it is written that he spent three days on the mountain and that he was visited by an angel. It is described as being surrounded by the ocean, which fits well with the topography of Mount Brandon. Alan Mac an Bhaird has ingeniously interpreted mons Aitche as 'mountain of Faithche'. Brandon stands in Faha townland. For further information on the name Sliabh nDaidche, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19. For the archaeology of this mountain, including the Benagh promontory fort, the Saints' Road, the pilgrimage tradition and the links with St. Brendan, see Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. 29 (published March 2005). For the pilgrimage tradition and customs associated with Brandon, see Máire MacNeill, The Festival of Lughnasa, 101-05.   Brandon is the highest mountain in the Brandon Group area and the 9th highest in Ireland. Brandon is the second most westerly summit in the Brandon Group area.

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Walked the Cosain no Naomh route in the last few .. by cemalina   (Show all for Brandon)
Faha Ridge. July 2002 .. by GWPR   (Show all for Brandon)
csd on Brandon, 2003
by csd  29 Jun 2003
The pilgrim path is marked all the way up from the car park at Faha. Should have taken the ridge, but I didn't read the reassurance here until after making the ascent, and it looked a bit dangerous to attempt in the wind. The pilgrim's path is starting to get a bit eroded towards the upper reaches of the ascent, could be quite tricky after heavy rainfall. Note that no dogs are allowed to take the pilgrim path, so you'll have to make do without canine companionship! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/574/
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The route to the top is along this path which wen .. by John Finn   (Show all for Brandon)
Copy and paste ... http://www.eire360.ie/tours/ .. by eire360   (Show all for Brandon)
Looking back along the Faha Rigde towards Cloghan .. by GWPR   (Show all for Brandon)
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