Mount Brandon, Ballydavid

#4 of 8 in Nature in Dingle Peninsula
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Dom Duggan (Duggie), 71, from Limerick, has been rescued off the mountain a record 12 times since 1963. When he was 29, a 76yr old woman and her 8yr old grand daughter had to turn back to help him down as he froze on the ridge. Kerry Mountain Rescue were said to be perplexed at why he attempted the climb in the first place when they saw Duggan was wearing flip flops

Mount Brandon or Brandon (Irish: Cnoc Bréanainn, meaning "Brendan's hill"), at 952 metres (3,123 ft), is one of the ten highest peaks in Ireland, being the 8th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin list, and the 9th–highest on the Vandeleur-Lynam list. Brandon is the highest Irish mountain outside the MacGillycuddy's Reeks range and has the greatest prominence of any Irish peak except Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain.
Mount Brandon is at the centre of a long high ridge called the Brandon Group range of mountains in the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry. The ridge contains seven other major peaks (i.e. above 2,000 ft in height); one is the similarly named Brandon Peak (840 metres). The positioning and dimensions of the Brandon Group ridge have made it the scene of several air accidents over the years. The mountain, and range, is named after Saint Brendan, and is the end of a Christian pilgrimage trail known as Cosán na Naomh. It is also well regarded for hill walking with routes such as the 4–5-hour Faha Route (also called The Pilgrim's Path), and the 6–7-hour traverse of the entire range known as "one of the finest ridgewalks in Ireland".
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  • spectacular views - take the time to climb around everything that you see. From the top, you will have a great view - maybe a low cloud sitting between two ridges?  more »
  • Our family of 4 started our Mount Brandon hike from the Baile Breac car park on a rainy day in July 2019. I'll say right away, that we did not reach the summit. I was disappointed, but I didn't...  more »
  • Beautiful climb. Amazing views any way you look. Glad we had a guide as there are many ways to wander off track.  more »
  • A fine mountain to climb if you like it steap upward. Quite straight up. A curve at the top. Very nice view all the up and from the top. Excellent. You will use from 3-4 hours in total. Bring warm clothes and some food. Parking in the bottom from both sides. No WC not wheelchair access
  • Very rewarding experience to climb mount brandon. Extremely lovely views all the way. Even though we where lucky with the weather it was still misty and cloudy on top. So you need to be even more lucky to have a free view on top. Further if you start the path at the grotto there are some steep parts that might be difficult if you are not able. Definitely recommend it and I hope I can come again. Enjoy!
  • Great mountain for a walk. Not too demanding. Unbelievable views, when the clouds clear
  • Excellent hike especially on a good day. Most days top of mountain will be cloudy
  • The marked walked takes you to the top in a rather direct route so the 952m is scaled quite quickly. I'd recommend good boots and warm and water proof clothing even in the height of summer. The cloud moves in and out really quickly so hang on at the top to get a good view, odds are it will pass. The view from the top of the surrounding mountains and out to see is amazing, well worth the hike. It takes around 4 hours to the top and back down and is definitely not a flip flop summer stroll.

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