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Brandon Group Area   S: Brandon Ridge South Subarea
Place count in area: 15, OSI/LPS Maps: 70 
Highest place:
Brandon, 951.7m
Maximum height for area: 951.7 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 934 metres,

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Brandon Peak Mountain Barr an Ghéaráin A name in Irish (Ir. Barr an Ghéaráin [OSI], 'top of the fang') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Rhythmically bedded sandstone Bedrock

Height: 840m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: Q47207 09481
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Longitude: -10.236348, Latitude: 52.216359 , Easting: 47207, Northing: 109481 Prominence: 190m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 447190 609534,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BrndPk, 10 char: BrndnPeak
Bedrock type: Rhythmically bedded sandstone, (Ballymore Sandstone Formation)

From the vicinity of Cloghane church there is a strange optical illusion whereby this peak seems higher than the summit, though it is actually over 100m lower.   Barr an Ghéaráin is the 25th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Brandon Peak (<i>Barr an Ghéaráin</i>) in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: The peak from the north
 
Peak Indeed
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy, Onzy  16 May 2016
Brandon Peak is a spectacular fang-shaped summit along the main Brandon ridge. The Peak is reached usually as part of a walk taking in the ridge and a number of other summits, normally including Brandon itself, its South Top and Gearhane, but possibly being extended north of Brandon as far as Masatiompan.

There are many routes onto the Brandon massif; the main starting points are, Ballybrack Q434 094 A at the bottom of the Saint's Road leading direct to Brandon and where there is a particularly large car park (often full), Ballyknockane Q434 126 B, at the bottom of the Dingle Way which leads east from here to the col between Masatiompan and Piaras Mor, and Cloghane Q494120 C, from where you have have the choice of a path into the coom northeast of Brandon summit, or a higher route over the Faha Ridge.

Once Brandon is reached you can look forward to 3k of fine ridge walking over Brandon Peak and to Gearhane.

A number of routes from the south are also possible. For a great (and long) day out which would necessitate a second car, you could start at the Connor Pass, taking in a number of other summits, Beendubh, Beennabrack and Ballysitteragh before reaching Gearhane and Brandon Peak. A further start could be made from Ballinloghig, from around Q425 077 D, though parking could be difficult, over spot height 404 and onto Gearhane.

Video short summary of approach from south (2 min long):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs2xayREu2s&feature=youtu.be Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/24/comment/4784/
 
New Comment: Great round to Brandon Peak.
by nickywood  6 Jan 2022
Superb hill to visit from Conor Pass, having done Brandon Mountain from the Dingle Way on a previous trip, good to get these extra Irish 2000 footers. The car park at the top of the pass is a great ramp up. The ridge is narrow enough to be enjoyable but not at all scary (I hate narrow bits usually so this was nice for me) Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/24/comment/23379/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Brandon Peak (<i>Barr an Ghéaráin</i>) in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: A mighty ridge
Garran Ceoil
by liz50  23 Jul 2021
Iain T and Onzy both mention the impressive east ridge of Brandon Peak which leads directly to the summit from the shore of Lough Croite, the largest of the Paternoster lakes. Known locally as Garran Ceoil, the recent fine weather was the ideal opportunity to tackle the route. We were rewarded with some fine scrambling and magnificent views. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/24/comment/23223/
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A magic scramble up the East Ridge
by IainT  2 Oct 2018
Onzy mentions the East Ridge of Brandon Peak, which is indeed a spectacular route, with more and better scrambling than the Faha Ridge. Had a great day on it in september. Park at the foot of the farm road at 490 084 E, space for a couple of cars, maybe three. Follow the farm road and track up to a gate through the top fence just short of the loch. Go sharp right, through a bit of a boulder field until below the main shoulder coming down from the ridge, with Loch Cruttia down to your right. The foot of the ridge is in two buttresses, both nearly vertical at the bottom. Either go up the grassy gully in between them to join the RH buttress at a prominent wide crack, or get onto the LH buttress from either side and scramble up it (a bit vegetated), then once the angle eases off descend a steep sheep track rightwards to reach the same point. The crack is Moderate, and the L edge of the slab is the same grade. The whole lot is avoidable on the left. Lots more optional problems of any grade you like lead up to an easing of angle. The ridge then gets much narrower and more ridge-like, but also much easier. It's barely scrambling, but the big drop on the right gives some brilliant airy situations. It finishes bang on the summit cairn of Brandon Peak. A super way up the hill. Descending the East ridge of Gearhane takes you conveniently back to the start. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/24/comment/18729/
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csd on Brandon Peak, 2003
by csd  29 Jun 2003
Photo shows the ridge walk over to Brandon Peak (centre), taken from the southern slopes of Mt Brandon itself. The wall makes navigating from Brandon to Brandon Peak trivial. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/24/comment/570/
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aidand on Brandon Peak, 2004
by aidand  9 Aug 2004
Climbed Brandon Peak recently as part of a ridge walk. We started at Faha near Cloghane, up the tourist route to Mount Brandon (took 2 hours). This is very well marked. From here follow a line of old fence posts and then a stone wall. This will bring you safley most of the way to Brandon Peak. In clear weather the views are excellent as described. From here it is a very clear ridge walk onto Gearhane. From here go through the gate. Follow the fence on your right for 3-400 yards. Then turn left and down to the farmhouse at Mullagh. This is the valley under the northside of the Connor Pass. It took us 5 hours to this point. Thankfully we had arranged to be collected here. Otherwise it is a 3 or 4 mile walk back on a tarred road to Cloghane and further again if you have to walk back to Faha.
This walk is definitely worth doing. I am already planning to do it by the reverse route and hopefully heading on from Mount Brandon to Pearasmore and down to Brandon Village. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/24/comment/1072/
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