Brandon 951.7m mountain, Brandon Group Ireland at
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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
Place visited by 903 members. Recently by: GerSomers, denisdeasy, bolton12, JeanM, Osku, paulbrown, magnumpig, arderincorbett, gerrybowes, Patbrdrck, MickC, sharonburns, LordKelvin88, Atlanticstar, jamesmforrest
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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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Spectacular views .. by hendycoco   (Show all for Brandon)
Brocken Spectre .. by Lauranna   (Show all for Brandon) Picture about mountain Brandon in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Bleck Cra on Brandon, 2008
by Bleck Cra  15 Jan 2008
“Brending” had backed out as far on to the crag edge as a human being should go. Another inch and the last you would have seen of him, would have been the soles of his shoes. Neither “Brending”, nor I nor the others had been up “Branding Mountain” before. Thus the precipitous drop, covered by soup-coloured cloud behind him, hadn’t entered his horizon. I feared that just whispering “Brending, get out of there.” would elicit enough seismic activity to blip him over the edge. Like a cue ball, he teetered - and peeled a boiled egg. Perhaps this is how the first “Brending”, after whom this mountain is named, got to the New World - not on water but on air. Brandon Mountain is a huge, imposing and unforgettable experience. We learn that Ireland squelches like a sponge because her hills are on the outside and not like Scotland’s on the inside. When we see the vastness of Brandon, we wonder that the whole Irish Midlands isn’t submerged (some would argue it is). Boiling crags, unnerving ridges, silver lakes that tumble out like picture postcards, bog to out-bog bog and an Atlantic panorama to melt the most disaffected hearts. Allegedly - because we saw none of it. Between “Brending’s” back and eternity, there was but a ghost’s breadth when suddenly a figure passed behind him. Or did it? Marking as it does, the very edge of Europe (Dingle Peninsula), it is not the easiest place to get to. This keeps the spieds out but also many purveyors of 21st century services - so it doesn’t suit everyone. The pubs can be great, so before a family sortie, do a recce with a herd of hooligans, a tangible thirst and an uncontrollable urge to bag one of the biggest in Ireland. Trackback:
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Ihad been looking up at mt Brandon for 40 years .. by breanndan   (Show all for Brandon)
Just climbed Brandon yesterday, 11/4/2004. Had pl .. by kran   (Show all for Brandon)
View from Faha Ridge looking back down the Pater .. by jackill   (Show all for Brandon)
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