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Brandon, Mount

Brandon, Mount

Brandon, Mount

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: County Kerry, Ireland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 52.23440°N / 10.2557°W

Object Title: Brandon, Mount

Elevation: 3123 ft / 952 m


Page By: Alan Sharp

Created/Edited: Aug 23, 2003 / Feb 8, 2006

Object ID: 151783

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Page Score: 82.48%  - 15 Votes 

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Situated on the northern edge of the Dingle Peninsula, Brandon is the second highest mountain in Ireland. According to legend St Brendan lived on or near the summit for a time, and the mountain is named for him. The remains of a sixth century cell near the summit suggests some truth in the legend.

On a clear day the summit commands spectacular views right across the west coast, but sitting on the edge of the Atlantic coast, clear days are very few and far between. There are three summits, the main one at 952m, Coimin na gCnamh at 891, and Brandon Peak at 840. There are several main routes up the mountain, two of them very well travelled.

The main tourist route would be from the West from An Baile Breac (Ballybrack). This takes the climber up a gentle slope to the summit and is little more than a nice walk, although sometimes high wind coming up off the Atlantic can cause problems.

The serious hiker might approach from the North, leaving the Dingle Way and walking over the full ridge, starting with Piaras Mor (748m). I have never walked this route so cannot comment on it.

For me the best route is from the East. Beginning inthe village of Cloghan, or if you prefer there is a car park further up at An Fhaiche. This route includes quite a steep incline involving some hands and knees scrambling to reach the top and is not recommended for casual walkers. If you continue the route to take in Brandon Peak it involves walking along the knife-edge Ridge, with quite impressive drops away on both sides.

Getting There

There is one main route into the Dingle Peninsula from Tralee. To take the route from the East, follow signposts for Cloghane and park in the village, or keep going just beyond the village and then take the first turn on the left which will lead you up to the An Fhaiche car park.

From the west cross the Connor Pass heading for Dingle and then take the route north from here towards Feohanagh. The route to the car park is well signposted.

Red Tape

No red tape but be careful of crossing private farm land.

When To Climb

The mountain can be climbed all year, although only serious climbers should tackle it in wintery conditions. The ridge between the main summit and Brandon Peak is probably best not tackled in very high winds. For the best chance of a clear view an early morning climb is advised.


Dingle Peninsula is a popular holiday spot and there are many camping sites and hostels in the area. For climbers from the west, staying in Dingle town itself has a lively nightlife and is well recommended. From the East there are many pubs and a very good hostel in Cloghane, and more good acommodation along the coast in Brandon village.

Mountain Conditions

High winds and low clouds are common. Contact the Mountaineering Council of Ireland for more information. Website at www.mountaineering.ie or by phone 00353 1 450 7376

Weather reports for the Munster region can be found at:



External Links

  • Dingle Way Trail
    All the info required for planning this 180km walk around the Dingle Peninsula. Highlight includes passing over the shoulder of Mount Brandon.

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ciarraiUntitled Comment


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If climbing by this route you should definitely take a peek at the remains of an old engine from a Focke-Wulff Condor which belly landed on 20th August 1940 on the slopes of Mount Brandon which the good people of O'Connors pub have plonked onto a pallet in their car park before you head in for your post-summit pint/coffee/ovaltine etc.

Posted Jun 23, 2005 4:39 am
kennedyskitchenUntitled Comment

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Lyrics to a song written by friends, Bob and Sherry Harke, who got themselves lost in the mist hiking on Mount Brandon in 1995.

joHn Kennedy here posting. I hiked Brandon this past summer, 2005. It is glorious walking.

You can even listen to the song at http://cdbaby.com/cd/kennedyskitchen

The Mists of Mt. Brandon

Chorus :It extends, it enfolds, it covers the land

It can take you by surprise.

The beautiful and rugged, a sight to behold,

But beware of the Mist of Mt. Brandon.

In a far western corner of Dingle

A vast lonesome place to be.

The ocean gives rise to the mountains

Although they are seldom seen.

The tops of the mountains are covered with haze

But they're green, like the valleys below.

And the rocks they cover the hills and the glens,

Thru the mist, what a picture to know.

Mt. Brandon lay ahead for the morning to trek.

We started the mud-laden slope.

To reach the top of the rock-covered peak,

We shared the hill with the sheep.

Look out 'or the green, forever could see,

The trail it gave way to a guess.

Don't dare you look up, as you climb and you climb,

Or you'll miss the rise of the mist.


The top of the mountain juts out of the mist

And oft' what a sight to see.

After six long hours we're nearing the ridge

But the trail gets rugged and steep.

But as you look down, the mist rises again,

And you're weary and tired and you're beat.

When you think you're there, but you can't see,

The mist rises and covers the height that you seek.


joHn Kennedy
Posted Sep 28, 2005 5:29 pm
desainmeUntitled Comment


Voted 10/10

52.2344 , -10.2557
Posted Feb 7, 2006 11:43 pm

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