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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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GWPR on Brandon, 2002
by GWPR  13 Nov 2002
Looking back along the Faha Rigde towards Cloghane Estuary on a clear Summer's Day.
A beautiful walk with great views over Cloghane Estuary, Brandon Bay and all the way to the
Magharees. Yes the sun does shine in Kerry!
July 2002 Linkback:
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stevefe on Brandon, 2004
by stevefe  5 Apr 2004
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stevefe on Brandon, 2004
by stevefe  5 Apr 2004
These pictures from my 2002 climb - rather overdue but still worth looking at, I hope. First is the Faha Ridge from down in the corrie; second is looking back down the string of lakes from the ridge (not the summit, the bit you reach first after pulling out of the corrie) Linkback:
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stevefe on Brandon, 2002
by stevefe  17 Sep 2002
Faha walk isn't THAT bad! It's a slog but once you're in the corrie all that changes. Beware of the advice in one of the local walkers' books (might be Hillwalking in Kerry, can't remember at the mo) to come down off the end of Gearhane via its E ridge though - that IS purgatorial - knee-high gorse, boulders etc. all very steep. Better off heading down the S ridge to the pass and coming down to the old farm on the proper track.

Next year I hope to start early and do the entire ridge from Cloghane (Murphy's Pub) to Dingle (Murphy's Bar). No prizes for guessing what I'll be drinking at the end!

EDIT - next year never happened. Got involved in moving house from SE England to Mountshannon, Co Clare instead. Have been here since August 2003, and not climbed anything much yet, but hope to do so in the summer hols. Linkback:
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GWPR on Brandon, 2002
by GWPR  13 Nov 2002
Descending from Brandon Mountain from the sign that says 'Absteig' a marvellous view of the Paternoster Lakes unfolds from the mist and cloud. A truly breathtaking view!
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GWPR on Brandon, 2002
by GWPR  5 Dec 2002
Great scramble on the Faha Ridge, July 2002. Beautiful clear day with airy views down to the Paternoster Lakes and up to Mt. Brandon. Saw Broken Spectre for first time! What a mystical sight in a magical setting! Linkback:
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