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Brandon Group Area
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 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
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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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John Finn on Brandon, 2005
by John Finn  17 Jan 2005
From the summit of Brandon looking west. 21/8/04. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/1428/
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Picture: View from ridge at top of gully
aburden on Brandon, 2005
by aburden  19 Sep 2005
The weather was excellent the day we went up which made for great views. we parked in 'The Grotto' car park, and followed our noses, it was very straight forward - plenty of markers and arrows along the way. Reaching summit before midday is recommended for best views. From car park, round trip, c.4hrs Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/1952/
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Picture: Looking out across the slopes of Brandon to the Blaskets in the distance.
 
sbender on Brandon, 2010
by sbender  5 Jan 2010
Climbed Brandon as a newyears day climb.
After shaking off the previous night's festivities, the frosty morning cleared our heads.
Couldn't get to the grotto's car park due to the icy condition of the small road, so we walked it. A comment was passed about the need of crampons on this small bohereen.
We were rewarded with a fantastic sight; virgin snow all over Faha, and got excited.
We walked into the coom, the lakes were invisible under a thick pack of snow.
The ascent route took us up along the virtualy vertical east-face of the mountain, topping out just at the end of Faha.
Crampons and ice-axe were an absolute must, without them this route would not have been possible.
occasionally we dropped through the snow's hard frozen crust to disapear waist deep in to it.
Fantatic start of 2010! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/4328/
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Picture: View westwards from top of Faha ascent to Smerwick Harbour and the Three Sisters
HimiWack on Brandon, 2009
by HimiWack  12 Jul 2009
Climbed Mt. Brandon on one of the few days without clouds on the top. Started by the carpark in Cloghane and passed the Faha grotto and the Paternoster lakes. On the end of the glen somtimes it looks like there is no way on the steep rocky wall - but there is one. The view on the top of ascending trail is fantastic (see picture) and from here is only a short walk to the top of Mt. Brandon. Following the pilgrims way for descend we arrived "An Baile Breact" where our pick-up car was waiting after a walk of 4,5 hours. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/3796/
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S Mc Auliffe on Brandon, 2004
by S Mc Auliffe  10 Feb 2004
Brandon is I think my favourite mountain. Whether you ascend via the Pilgrim path or cross the Faha ridge the experience is unforgetable. I have climbed it 3 times so far and have been rewarded with good weather and perfect views on each occasion. The second time I chose the less frequented route of travelling in a northerly direction from Brandon.
To do this walk you park at Teer bridge grid ref 517138 A. Climb up the Faha ridge and choose your preferred route to the summit of Brandon. If you're lucky pause awhile and enjoy stunning and varied views in every direction. Head then due north over easy ground which affords views to match the southern side, as far as Parias Mor. Descend to the coll below Mas an Tiompan where you have the choice of descending northeast on the Dingle way, [which joins a bog road that leads back to your car], or climb Mas an Tiompain and descend from the summit to the bog road. When you reach the road it is worth climbing up to the rim of Sauce Creek [An Sas]. The walk around the coum is a fitting finale to the day. When you reach the highest point descend southeasterly over easy ground to the bog road and to your car.

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From despair to dreamland
by hbowman  23 Jul 2010
I conquered my third Irish Munroe on 12th July 2010 when I summited Mount Brandon at 2.52pm. When driving to the starting point, a thick layer of mist, quite annoyingly, covered the summit and the Faha Ridge. The foot of the mountian and valley were very clear. Started walking at 11am in sunshine from a nearby village and walked through a few fields. Thereafter we started the ascent of the Faha Ridge, great views were to be had over Cloghane Estuary. We were at approx 550 metres high whenever the rain started and the mist became really thick. We gave up all hope of obtaining a summit vista. After getting the waterproofs out of the rucksack, we started the scramble by following the yellow arrrows through the valley. When completing the scramble, we were approxiamately 90 metres from the summit. The mist was so thick we could only see 6 ft in front of us. The final trek to the summit took 15 minutes. The general mood was one of disappointment as the mist stood in the way of what I knew was one of the best mountain panoramas in Ireland, having seen Mount Brandon in mountain magazines. Then the miracle occured. A tiny window of clear sky appeared in the middle of the mist. A stretch of water at Smerwick Harbour could be identified. Gradually the mist thinned and shifted to the right. The Three Sisters and Smerwick Harbour came into view - this has become my favourite view now. The amazing thing was that there was no sun or wind to shift the mist. The mist cleared by itself. In the space of 10 minutes we went from seeing 6 ft in front of us to an amazing mountaineering panorama. Couldn't believe what was happening. From despair to dreamland. Has this phenomena ever happened to anyoneelse? Does it happen often? The full walk was 12 miles, taking 7 and 3/4 hours. Best hike I've ever had. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/5964/
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