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Brandon Group Area   S: Brandon Ridge South Subarea
Place count in area: 15, OSI/LPS Maps: 70, EW-DC, EW-DW 
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
Place visited by 1096 members. Recently by: rhw, JordanF1, MartMc, MeabhTiernan, abeach, Deirdreb, BarnabyNutt, orlaithfitz, maoris, davidrenshaw, Magic, Carolineswalsh, knightsonhikes, MarionP, Tuigamala
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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.   Cnoc Bréanainn is the highest mountain in the Brandon Group area and the 9th highest in Ireland. Cnoc Bréanainn is the second most westerly summit in the Brandon Group area.

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Looking back at the summit after the clouds had g .. by kran   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
Has to be my favourite mountain. The views ascen .. by evanewan   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
We went up the faha ridge in snow, superb locatio .. by donoghue   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
As holy as the Reek? .. by TommyV   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn)) Picture about mountain Brandon (<i>Cnoc Bréanainn</i>) in area Brandon Group, Ireland
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Spectacular trip up thru the Paternoster Lakes
by mh400nt  6 May 2023
Parked at Q49155 08556 starC and went up the road towards Lough Avoonane. Shot off to the right before getting to the final rise to the lake and head in the direction of Lough Cruttia. You can go along the fence but you'll have to drop down bit to be able to cross another fence near a group of trees on the rivers edge, see pic.
Once over that, go around Cruttia on the right and work your way up thru some rocky terrain.
Go to the left of the waterfall at the back of Lough Nalackan and pic your way thru the remaining lakes. I had the Hendroff guide , but you could make changes when needed.
It's a truly spectacular way up. Eventually you'll join onto the Pilgrims path from the Grotto at Faha and it's the usual then up to Brandon. The walk from Brandon over to Gearhane is fantastic even if the top of Brandon was as usual in cloud.

Coming down off Gearhane, well, a few options.
You can head down to Mullach Bheal , Q45810 06752 starD and come down the zig zag road at the back of the valley. Or drop off sooner at Q46256 08201 starE, which I seemed to have passed out before,, oopps.
You can go the way I went, which Is follow the fence most of the way down around Com a tSudaire, Passing spot height 485 towards Gearan na hUileann, going thru knee high heather which gets worse eventually and turns in lines of wet rock, terribly uneven ground and just pure misery. By the time you get down to the road it's a relief.

Another alternative, having chatted to a farmer, is to come down off Gearhane and Head for Cor Cam spot height 635, Q47265 08534 starF , and follow Mary Annes Wire down to Loch a Mhunain. I missed this turn off, I won't miss is the next time. Maybe someone has done it here already but I didn't see that mentioned in any of the previous comments. I can't confirm if it's possible to come down that way yet, but there's no reason to doubt the farmer..
I used the new East West maps for all the names above as it's a lot more detailed than the OSI one.

I have a video of it on YouTube if anyones interested. not sure if video can be embedded... hope the link is ok.

I've done a good shot of videos on the Dingle Peninsula but don't want to flood other peaks, so I'll just leave it here .. Linkback:
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