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South East Midlands Area   SE: Brandon Hill Subarea
Place count in area: 31, OSI/LPS Maps: 28A, 28B, 47, 48, 49, 53, 54, 55, 59, 60 
Highest place:
Slievenamon, 720.2m
Maximum height for area: 720.2 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 711 metres,

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Brandon Hill Mountain Cnoc Bhréanail A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc Bhréanail [OSI], 'hill of Bréanal') County Highpoint of Kilkenny in Leinster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists, Rhyolitic volcanics, grey & brown slates Bedrock

Height: 515m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 68 Grid Reference: S69702 40268
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Longitude: -6.974129, Latitude: 52.509839 , Easting: 269702, Northing: 140268 Prominence: 450m,  Isolation: 5.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 669638 640323,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BrndHl, 10 char: BrndnHil
Bedrock type: Rhyolitic volcanics, grey & brown slates, (Campile Formation)

This is the highest point in Co. Kilkenny. Brandonhill is also the name of a townland split between the parishes of Graiguenamanagh and The Rower and between the baronies of Gowran and Ida. There is also a townland named Brandondale in the parish of Graiguenamanagh.   Brandon Hill is the 521st highest place in Ireland. Brandon Hill is the highest point in county Kilkenny.

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Big-Foot on Brandon Hill, 2008
by Big-Foot  29 Dec 2008
I walked to the top of Brandon Hill today, from the northern side.
Total height gain is about 380m, so it was not a very challanging walk, but worth the views from the summit.
Here is a detailed GPS route to the top.
I drove west out of Graiguenamanagh, towards Inistigue. Parked on the side of the road at IS 67754 42269 starA where the road was wide enought to safely park up. Walked from here up a dirt track (suitable for cars during dry weather) to IS 68849 40978 starB. Here you have a choice; continue on this wide route, or turn south to climb up quicker on a much rougher track. I decided stay on the wide track for the asent and to come back by this steeper way. Continuted on south east to IS 69088 40734 starC, north east to IS 69916 41148 starD, west for 50m then south to IS 69897 41021 starE. Following the track west for 800m to IS 69247 40634 starF, then turned north for last 120m climb to summit, at IS 69700 40271 starG.
Descented back to IS 69247 40634 starF, then turned west to IS 68851 40737 starH, and finally north to IS 68849 40978 starB. Walked back to car, 1.7km down dirt track.
Overall walk is about 8.5km long, and should take just over 1.5 hours. Linkback:
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simon3 on Brandon Hill, 2004
by simon3  20 Sep 2004
This visualisation looks broadly north east and shows how Brandon Hill is a good place to see the whole of the ridge of the Blackstairs some 10 km away. Data from NASA and dated 2000. Linkback:
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paulocon on Brandon Hill, 2008
by paulocon  27 Nov 2008
Climbed Brandon Hill this morning on the way down the country for a work appointment. Used the directions given by simon3. Note that the initial stretch of the lane which is unsurfaced is by far the worst with some massive holes to encounter so take care on this part. I followed the surfaced roadway up the hill keeping left until I eventually came to a large circular parking area. Parked there and followed a narrow rough lane uphill until I came to a gate beyond which lay a sign for Brandon Hill Cross. This stretch took me along a small section of the South Leinster way until I branched off uphill following a second sign for the cross. From here, it's a steep but short climb to the top of the hill. Thick covering of fog so the excellent views I had read about were denied me but plenty atop the hill to explore. As well as the large cross, there's a very large cairn - the stones on one side seem to have been modified to incorporate a shelter. To one side of the cairn stands a strange looking building with a lowered door into which I didn't dare look. To the other side of this building is a large directional indicator. There were a number of smaller cairns (or maybe just recently built collections of stones) around the summit. Handy climb along an established stone path - will certainly climb again and would be a perfect climb on which to bring the kids. Linkback:
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Kilkennys high point
by Kennyj  24 Oct 2015
Approaching Graignamanagh from the New Ross side take the Inistigue road at the roundabout and turn immediately left onto a surfaced road,I followed this road to a grassy area not far past a waterworks and parked up.Follow this narrow laneway for about 1 km to a farmyard where the road turns into a forest track with Brandon hill loop waymarked.At the first main junction you can follow the waymarked loop trail or if you want to cut out kms of monotous forest track stay straight on following white signs marked with a cross past Frenys well and up through Gorlough Woods on a mixture of forest tracks and trails to the summit.The weather and the company been good we decided to complete the loop walk today,reaching the summit from the SE to witness fantastic 360 degree views which are well pointed out by the view marker at the summit,some good stone shelters up here as well as the rusting cross.distance 16 km,time taken 3hrs 40 mins,ascent 503 m,descent 607m. Linkback:
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Picture: Summit of Brandon Hill
murphysw on Brandon Hill, 2005
by murphysw  24 Sep 2005
The summit of Brandon Hill, with the imposing cairn, and that TV yoke beside it which needs to be knocked or least get a serious cleaning out. Its manky. Linkback:
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Grand on Brandon!
by MountainBoy  27 Nov 2016
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead or left. Our shifty iPhone compass was no help, and it was only with much studying of the map that we realised we were supposed to be on the more established path right in front of us! After passing through a concrete stile, we came out onto a stony track that was almost flat. After taking the first right provided, we came to a metal barrier with the most unhelpful stile I have ever seen! After simply walking over the barbed wire and gorse, we followed the track as it turned sharply right and uphill to follow the boundary of a Coillte forest. At this point of the climb, we were constantly stopping to admire the beautiful panorama of the peaks of south Leinster peeking above the seemingly endless sea of white cloud. The track started to become a lot rockier and, due to the low temperatures that day, that meant I was slipping and sliding around. I had to get down onto my hands and knees to negotiate some of the trickier parts! After that traumatising section, we had to choose between two paths that led to hills of seemingly equal height. We chose the first one and were quickly rewarded with beautiful views of the mountains of Waterford and Tipperary. However, we soon realised that the alternative was much higher, so we turned around and headed back to the main path. Quite soon after, we passed a sign pointing right with a cross on it and, knowing that there was indeed a cross on the summit area, decided to follow it. It turned out to be a zig-zag up the hillside. While the final section was quite steep, we were overjoyed to see the trig pillar standing atop the unusually large cairn. There were two lovely ladies on the summit who gave us very useful information about an alternative route. We were very sad to say goodbye. From there it was only a short walk back the way we came to the car and a well-earned Coke and orange juice in Graiguenamanagh! A great climb that we would definitely recommend! Linkback:
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