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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 Munster Province, 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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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. Linkback:
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cemalina on Brandon, 2006
by cemalina  1 Jul 2006
Walked the Cosain no Naomh route in the last few weeks, unlucky with fog on summit but a really enjoyable walk. Nice to renew an old friendship with a mountain which always magnificent no matter what the weather Linkback:
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GWPR on Brandon, 2002
by GWPR  5 Dec 2002
Faha Ridge. July 2002 Linkback:
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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! Linkback:
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John Finn on Brandon, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
The route to the top is along this path which wends its way along the side of the mountain and then up the ridge in the middle distance. From there its a short wall up to the left to the summit. Linkback:
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Picture: Mount Brandon 360 Panoramic View
eire360 on Brandon, 2009
by eire360  16 Mar 2009
Copy and paste ... brandon/TourWeaver_Project17.html view interactive panoramic view of Snow Capped Mount Brandon on 7th Feburary 2009 @ 4.00pm Linkback:
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