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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 820 members. Recently by: Eirepur, wjnunan, GillSte, harry84, IainT, toblereoghan, amgall, HeartTrek, Balor, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, daithileonard, seantmcauliffe, Higherthanabird
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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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Spectacular views .. by hendycoco   (Show all for Brandon)
“Brending” had backed out as far on to the crag e .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Brandon)
Ihad been looking up at mt Brandon for 40 years .. by breanndan   (Show all for Brandon)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Brandon in area Brandon Group, Ireland
kran on Brandon, 2004
by kran  12 Apr 2004
Just climbed Brandon yesterday, 11/4/2004. Had planned to take the long route of swinging east off the marked path and walking along the cliffs overlooking the pater noster lakes to the summit, then heading fo Masatiompan and walking back to our starting point along the Dingle way. Unfortunately we arrived later than predicted and decided it would be safer just to walk the marked path to the summit and back down again the same way, rather than trying to find our way in the dark! It was a beautiful day but we were unlucky to reach the top when it was just being covered by a cloud so the view was rubbish. As we looked back up on the way down we could see that it had cleared up and the view would have undoubtly have been amazing. We'll be back again though, earlier in the day and we'll wait next time until the cloud passes. The track up was easy to follow with white marker poles every thirty or so feet apart and 15 crosses every 100m or so apart to guide your way. You'd have to try to get lost! The day was beautiful but the ground was wet and slippery in places and care is needed as one of my Pictures will show. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/915/
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View from Faha Ridge looking back down the Pater .. by jackill   (Show all for Brandon)
Faha Pilgrims Path .. by three5four0   (Show all for Brandon)
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