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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
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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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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Brandon (<i>Cnoc Bréanainn</i>) in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: The Brandon group
Iconic highpoint of both airy ridge and Dingle Peninsula
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, jackill, scapania  16 Aug 2023
Brandon, named after St.Brendan, is revered by many as a holy mountain. The high point of a fine ridge between Conor Pass and the sea, it's a mountain of two halves with rocky, steep ground to the E while the W is grassy and less steep. The top can be very windy and visibility is often poor so care is needed. Be aware of the serious steep groud on the east of the summit.The views are awe inspiring on a clear day incl Connemara, Beara and everything in-between. The Galtees and Achill Island have also been known to shimmer tantalisingly at the edge of 20/20 vision!

W. From the west, park at Q43450 09382 starA where there's ample space. The track follows the well-marked Saint's Road from the car park getting gradually steeper as you near the summit. Allow 4-4.5 hours for this 8k up and down.

E. From the east, park under the grotto at Q49378 11956 starB and follow a well-marked trail beneath the Faha ridge eventually snaking its way through a massive lake-and-rock-filled corrie. The path skirts the base of Brandon's huge NE cliffs and once you climb out of the corrie head left up a steep cone to the top. Allow 4-5 hrs for this 7k return.

Great care is needed if ascending via the Faha ridge - find details on that summit's page.

SE If ascending from the bridge at Q49155 08556 starC follow the Owenmore river past a series of lakes and up steep ground by a waterfall until you eventually meet the main track from the grotto- allow 5-6 hrs.

Notable tracks incl track/4148 and track/3204. Linkback:
from Faha Car Park to top and back .. by marzka   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
Winter Conditions on Brandon Summit .. by Lauranna   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
Rather than bring two cars or face the long walk .. by liam   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
View to Connemara and Mayo .. by scapania   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
My name is David and I am aged 8. I climbed Bran .. by Redtop   (Show all for Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn))
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