Mount Brandon, Dingle Peninsula

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Mount Brandon or Brandon Mountain is a 952 m mountain on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. It is the highest peak of the unnamed central mountain range of the Dingle Peninsula and the ninth highest peak on the island. It is also the highest Irish peak outside the Macgillycuddy's Reeks. It is classed as a Furth by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. Mount Brandon is named after Saint Brendan and is the end of a Christian pilgrimage trail known as Cosán na Naomh. The small village of Brandon lies at the foot of the mountain, on the north side.NameThe mountain takes its name from Saint Brendan or Bréanainn, who is said to have been born in what is now County Kerry. Brendan is chiefly known for his legendary voyage to the "Isle of the Blessed", also called Saint Brendan's Island. The tale of Brendan's voyage may be a Christianization of the earlier Voyage of Bran.A medieval work about Brendan's life calls the mountain Sliabh nDaidche (in the Irish version Beatha Bhréanainn) or Mons Aitche (in the Latin version Vita Brendani), and Alan Mac an Bhaird has translated this as "mountain of Faithche". However, some believe the name refers to Slieve Aughty rather than Mount Brandon.
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  • A climb over the mountain was part of our Dingle Way walk. The climb up was well marked and very steep but offered great views back over the bay.. The climb is 650m high. The way down was a lot more c...  read more »
  • Luckily we had a good day for this climb. It was clear at the top when we headed off. The trail is well marked, so getting lost will not be a problem. Even though it was a dry day the trail is wet. So...  read more »
  • Mount Brandon or Brandon is the highest peak on the Dingle Peninsula. Tack on approximately 30 minutes driving time after visiting Connor Pass and be prepared to negotiate some of the smallest roads y...  read more »
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