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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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csd on Brandon, 2003
by csd  29 Jun 2003
The view of the paternoster lakes, taken from the pilgrim's path. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/575/
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Picture: Out of the valley
rug on Brandon, 2006
by rug  18 Sep 2006
We started off up Faha ridge (most difficult part of the trek) and swung left into the valley and climbed the ridge wall above the corrie(very enjoyable part of climb) with a final 90m trek to the Brandon summit. Unfortunately visibility was very poor so we didn't get the panormaic view of the bay and penninsula that we hoped for. However, the valley below was clear and offered spectacular views of its' own, pic is view back through the glacial valley with Faha ridge to the left. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/2498/
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Picture: Brandon from the Pilgrims path
 
Faha Path
by three5four0  30 Aug 2011
Giving the continuing fine weather, we decided to climb Brandon a second time in 3 days. This time from the Faha, using the Pilgrims Path. Views were extensive and we decided not to waste such a fine day by including the North Top, Piaras Mor, Masatiopan and Fail an tSais - see other tops for more photos.

There does appear to have been a small land slip, high on the final steep section of the path. It does looks if its several months old and people have been going round it. Though for my wife, it was a couple of large steps up, and would be the same for those of a similar short leg length. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/6497/
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Picture: Brandon peak from the Faha ridge.
Third time lucky
by scannerman  25 Sep 2014
Finally managed to climb Brandon last week after being repulsed by bad weather on two different attempts previously.

This time the weather looked just as pathetic, but after discussion we decided to go up anyway since there seemed a slim chance it was going to improve.

We climbed mainly in cloud, parting infrequently enough to reveal the splendor of the Faha route and the odd more distant view.

One walker passed us coming down at midday, he said he'd been on Brandon peak also and met nobody, seems he and us were the only crazies up there today

On top it was less windy than expected and also dry although it certainly did'nt appear that way from below. There were no views to be had apart from down into the abyss..

5.5 hr return trip

Some video :http://youtu.be/kTztuc5zrrU Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/17691/
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Picture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTztuc5zrrU&list=PL69EB58BAEFF51D09
 
Scannerman Rain
by CaptainVertigo  5 Oct 2014
The arrival of a new Scannerman film on YouTube is always a bit of an occasion. His stuff is very stylish: it's different. But it certainly grabs your attention and holds it. A good Scannerman (e.g. his Achill movies, wicklow mts-climbing croaghan moira, Climbing Carrauntoohill-MacGillycuddy's Reeks, wicklow mts-art's lough and many many more) has a whiff of the exotic about it. The music is what you'd expect in a very modern mid eastern bazaar. The energy pulsates through the piece. The young lady star brings human perspective and a certain calm presence in counterpoint to the monstrous mountain backgrounds.
Climbing Brandon was filmed almost entirely in rain if not cloud. Believe me I've been there, and it's like the gates of hell, with mist rising and falling, as if the omnipresent rock was spewing smoke and steam. Somehow, our director has managed to capture the extraordinary business of climbing Brandon in such conditions. Usually attempts to film Irish mountains without good lighting result in bland brownish screens devoid of excitement. Scannerman just keeps filming anyway, and the result, effectively "Brandon in the Rain", shows you what it's really like on one of our iconic mountains 90% of the time. Wild, windy, wet, wacky and wonderful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTztuc5zrrU&list=PL69EB58BAEFF51D09 Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/17706/
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Picture: Marker poles guide the way
25 years in the making
by SpiritOf84  25 Oct 2015
As a 13 year old Gaeltacht student in Feothanach in the summer of 1990, I made a promise to myself to one day climb Mount Brandon. I never imagined it would take 25 years to fulfil that promise!

Took the Pilgrim's path. Was extremely lucky with the weather - views south across Dingle Bay to the Blaskets and the Three Sisters and around to Castlegregory in the north. It was extremely busy. Parking was at a premium and I estimated that I met approx 50 people during the day. It made for a lot of courtesy while people passed each other on the climb up the gully to the col, but plenty of high spirits enjoying the day out.

A good challenge. It took two hours to get to the summit and one and a half hours down - add in a half hour spent at the summit giving a four hour round trip. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/9/comment/18369/
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