[5], Mount Brandon is at the centre of a long high ridge called the Brandon Group range of mountains in the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry. [41][17], In 1997, the Irish Heritage Council set up the Pilgrim Paths Project to restore walking routes along Irish medieval pilgrimage paths. It is the highest peak of the unnamed central mountain range of the Dingle Peninsula and the ninth highest peak on the island. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms! The mountain's relative height and status of being at an extreme westerly point appeared to have been of great importance to Saint Brendan. Services and conveniences. The ridge contains seven other major peaks (i.e. Máire MacNeill comments on the place-names around Brandon as follows: From An Seabhac's compendium of the place-names of the district we learn that several places on the mountain have names suggestive of myths which recur at other Lughnasa sites, e.g. John Sheehan completed Seefin Mountain. Tiompán can also mean a deep sheltered cove. On its way it crosses a shoulder of Mount Brandon (Ireland's second highest mountain) and offers every kind of terrain including beach, mountain and glorious scenery. Eleanor kyne reviewed Laugh Caum and Glanteenassig Woods Mountain Loop. Internet access. On the contrary, we went down the well-marked pilgrim's path to the carpark at Ballybrack which seemed more monotonous. Show less. "sufficient separation"), but which is outside of (or furth) Scotland; Brandon is referred to as one of the 13 Irish Munros. There is a chi-ro monogram (representing 'Christ') above it and a Greek cross in a circle on the other side (Barrington, Discovering Kerry, 180). As well as Mount Brandon, the Brandon Group ridge has seven other major classified peaks (see list below), including the similarly named Brandon Peak 840 metres (2,760 ft), Benagh 822 metres (2,697 ft), Faha Ridge 809 metres (2,654 ft), Gearhane 803 metres (2,635 ft), Masatiompan 762 metres (2,500 ft), Piaras Mór 746 metres (2,448 ft), and An Scraig 623 metres (2,044 ft). Britishfinance /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0. [12] Brandon is the 3rd highest mountain, and Brandon Peak is the 9th highest mountain, in the MountainViews Online Database, 100 Highest Irish Mountains. Map: OSi, Map of Mount Brandon, 1:25,000. The English form Ballysitteragh could be from Baile Suiteoireach, 'the townland of the camp/barracks', but the circumstances of its naming are unclear. AllTrails User reviewed Mount Brandon Loop from Faha. If you would like a guide to take you, Celtic Nature Walking Tours does a fantastic job. An Seabhac gives the name Binn na mBroc ('peak of the badgers') for this hill (TCCD, 143, 233), which shows that Beennabrack is a corruption. [7] The mountain, and range, is named after Saint Brendan, and is the end of a Christian pilgrimage trail known as Cosán na Naomh. [6], On Brandon's deep eastern corrie, flanked by Faha Ridge to its north, is a series of rocky plateaus, each of which has a small paternoster lake; over ten lakes grow in size descending the mountain. 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. One of the routes chosen for development was Cosán na Naomh and an 18-kilometre (11-mile) long waymarked trail has been constructed between Ventry Strand and the grotto at Ballybrack at the foot of Mount Brandon. 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. [7][9] The colour gave its name to nearby Purple Mountain. [7] The composition of Old Red Sandstone is variable and contains quartz stones, mudstones, siltstones, and sandstone particles (conglomerate rock boulders with quartz pebbles are visible). T he woman, who lives in Tralee, was climbing Mount Brandon with her husband and two adult children when she severely twisted her knee and was unable to walk. [6][5][8], Brandon is composed of sandstone particles of various sizes collectively known as Old Red Sandstone. ~ 20 km W by N, in another townland called Graigue (Q 316 029), close to Clogher Head and visible to the NW of the R.559, is a handsome standing-stone less than 2 metres tall, but from which is a spectacular view NE towards Mount Brandon. [11] From highest they are, the Locha Chom an Chnoic (Coumaknock Loughs), Loch na Lice (Lough Nalacken) and Loch Cruite (Lough Cruttia). Hiking. It is a mountainous area that encompasses several peaks including Mount Brandon (952 m), which is the highest peak outside of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Brandon Peak (840 m), and the Stradbally range which includes Beenoskee (826 m). it was set up as a pilgrimage so there are 14 stations of the cross. John Sheehan completed Mount Brandon Loop from Faha. the trail is well matked with white markers all the way up. There are two routes to scaling Mount Brandon – the Baille Breac (Ballybrack) route and the Faha Ridge route. Although the traditional pilgrimage extended to the summit of Brandon Mountain, the route now ends at Ballybrack. Out and back linear route from car park. There is a lower peak to the N called Piaras Beag. Bed and Breakfasts in Ballybrack, County Kerry for 1 night from 08/12/2020 to 9/12/2020 within 10 miles, in an Average Nightly price range of €1 to €200. I have no answer, so instead it’s downhill to join a country lane and then on for about 3km to complete my pilgrim journey beneath Mount Brandon’s great head at Ballybrack shrine. Recommended reading: I bought Chet Raymo's "Climbing Brandon" in a Dingle bookshop. View AllTrails's Recording. Another interesting fact is that during WW2 between 1940 and 1943 4 planes crashed on the Brandon Range with 3 crashing in the Owennafeana / Slieveglass Valley and on Faha Ridge itself. Also known as Cnoc Bhaile Uí Shé [OSI], 'hill of Baile Uí Shé', from Ballyhea(-bought) townland. [17][4] A pilgrimage route called Cosán na Naomh ("The Saints Road") begins at Cill Mhic an Domhnaigh (Kilvickadowning) on Ventry Strand at the southern end of the Dingle peninsula, and ends at Séipéilín Bréanainn ("Brendan's Oratory") on Brandon's summit. The summit of Mount Brandon is rounded and smooth as it was likely a nunatuk (like Lugnaquilla in Wicklow), and presents a stark contrast to Brandon Peak, or Barr an Ghéaráin, which is alpine in appearance. above 2,000 ft in height); one is the similarly named Brandon Peak (840 metres). [22][23] A longer 5-hour variation is to continue north along the summit ridge from Mount Brandon to Piaras Mor, and then descend to Ballyknockane. One can also go horse riding just 2 minutes away at Seaview Equestrian Centre. [4] Tempan notes that the medieval story about Brendan's life calls the mountain Sliabh nDaidche in the Irish version, or Mons Aitche in the Latin version; and that the Irish academic Dr Alan Mac an Bhaird, had translated this as "mountain of Faithche", as Brandon stands in the Faha townland. All children are welcome. [25][26], The full ridge walk of the entire Mount Brandon range, regarded as "one of the finest ridge walks in Ireland", crosses the full 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) ridge of the Brandon Group from the Conor Pass to Masatiompan and takes 6–7 hours. The Faha Ridge route is about 5 miles and takes about 6 hours. Macha an Mhíl (the Beast's Pasture), Faill na nDeamhan (the Demons' Cliff), Com na Caillighe (the Hag's Recess), Loch na Mná (the Woman's Lake), Cnoc an Tairbh (the Bull's Hill), etc. Excluding the peaks of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains near Killarney, Co. Kerry, Mount Brandon is the highest mountain in Ireland. Nearby there is such a cove at Sauce Creek. Hiking | Tom Crean Challenge | An endurance walk over the Brandon Mountain Range finishing in the village of Annascaul in honour of the famous Antarctic explorer. Suitability: There-and-back outing to Brandon’s summit that is well marked and should present few problems. After parking by the graveyard at Ballybrack follow the white posts and the Crosses to the top of Mount Brandon. The Mount Brandon from Baille Breac hiking route in Ballybrack takes 3-4 hours up and down and is a moderate hike. John … 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. 3 months ago. [20], The quickest and easiest route to the summit of Mount Brandon is from the west via the final stages of the medieval pilgrim path, The Saint's Route (Irish: Cosán na Naomh), which begins 18 kilometres (11 mi) away in Ventry. Stunning scenery, you won't be … Mount Brandon is at the western end of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, in the south-west of Ireland. It is speculated the pilgrimage originated in pre-Christian times as a Lughnasadh ritual. Lying against a wall on the far side of the main road is a bullaun, a stone with man-made cavities, which was probably designed for use in blessings and healings. The quickest and easiest route to the summit of Mount Brandon is from the west via the final stages of the medieval pilgrim path, The Saint’s Route (Irish: Cosán na Naomh), which begins 18 kilometres (11 mi) away in Ventry. [15][5], The mountain is called Brandon Mountain, Mount Brandon and Brandon on various maps. [6] The route from the Conor Pass to Mount Brandon and back to the Conor Pass is even longer, at 21 kilometres (13 mi) and takes up to 8 hours to complete.[6]. The following is a download from the MountainViews Online Database, who list 15 Brandon Group peaks over 100 metres. Site Name: Mount Brandon SAC . [6] [20][43] The trail has been developed to the standard required by the Irish Sports Council for National Waymarked Trails in Ireland. Home; Find route; Routes and Tracks. Ballybrack Car Park Mount Brandon is 1.9 mi away from Gamekeepers Cottage. [19], Some sources link the name with the voyages of Bran mac Febail, however, this is considered less likely. From the vicinity of Cloghane church there is a strange optical illusion whereby this peak seems higher than the summit, though it is actually over 100m lower. [12] Brandon is regarded by the Scottish Mountaineering Club ("SMC") as one of 34 Furths, which is a mountain above 3,000 ft (914 m) in elevation, and meets the other SMC criteria for a Munro (e.g. [6][11] This corrie's natural environment, and positioning on the Faha Route, means it is regularly photographed. Sáipéilín Bréanainn is the remain… [46] The trail passes a number of important ecclesiastical heritage sites including Gallarus Oratory and Kilmalkedar monastic site. Due to its link with Saint Brendan, the mountain is popular with Irish Catholic pilgrims. The 8-kilometre (5.0 mi) route takes 3–4 hours. John Sheehan added Mount Brandon from Ballybrack carpark . [5] 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. [10] The trail has been developed to the standard required by the Irish Sports Council for National Waymarked Trails in Ireland. The trail has been developed to the standard required by … Eimear McMahon reviewed Conor Pass to Mount Brandon, Geerhane, and Beennabrack. ... na Naomh and an 18-kilometre (11-mile) long waymarked trail has been constructed between Ventry Strand and the grotto at Ballybrack at the foot of Mount Brandon. Mount Brandon Mount Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn) at 952 metres (3,123 ft), is one of the ten highest peaks in Ireland, being the 8th–highest peak in Ireland. Mount Brandon (Cnoc Bréanainn) at 952 metres (3,123 ft), is one of the ten highest peaks in Ireland, being the 8th–highest peak in Ireland. 3 months ago . FITZGERALD (née Brandon) (Ballybrack and formerly of Mounttown, Co. Dublin) – September 1st 2017 (peacefully) surrounded by her family and friend and in the wonderful care of the staff at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. [16] In the story of Brendan's life (titled, the Beatha Bhréanainn, or the Latin version, the Vita Brendani), he spent three days fasting on the mountain before his voyage, was visited by an angel, and experienced a vision of "a great land to the west";[17][18] the mountain is described as being surrounded by the ocean, which fits with the topography of Mount Brandon. This mountain has been a focus of pilgrimage since medieval times, … Site Code: 000375 . [4], Irish academic Paul Tempan wrote in his 2010 Irish Hill and Mountain Names, that it is likely that the mountain was a source of pilgrimage even before both St. Brendan and the arrival of Christianity altogether. 4 hours. The route to the summit is marked, and offers views of the deep corries and paternoster lakes on Brandon's glaciated east face. [45] The starting point at Ventry is one of the places pilgrims would have come ashore. For information on this fort, see Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. However, An Seabhac reports that in his time, nearly a century later, nobody in the locality had an explanation for the name but they did not think it was related to the personal name Piaras. Get directions. John Sheehan added Recording - Aug 20 05:06 PM. However, some believe the name refers to Slieve Aughty rather than Mount Brandon. September 19, 2020. According to legend St Brendan lived on or near the summit for a time, and the mountain is named for him. Download this stock image: Marker stone & pilgrim cairn on Pilgrim's Path from Ballybrack up SW side of Brandon Mountain, Dingle, Kerry, Ireland: view WSW to Smerwick Harbour - HRTCMJ from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. The Baille Breac route is about 6 miles from Dingle Town. A longer 5-hour variation is to continue north along the summit ridge from Mount Brandon to Piaras Mor, and then descend to Ballyknockane. [47], Between 1940 and 1943 a number of Allied and Axis aircraft crashed on Brandon and the Faha Ridge.[7]. Mount Brandon owes its craggy shape to the work of glaciers during the ice age, which gouged out a series of corries on the eastern flank of the mountain. [4], Brandon takes its name from Saint Brendan the Navigator, or Bréanainn, who is said to have been born in what is now County Kerry in 484 AD, and is chiefly known for his legendary voyage in a boat of wood and leather to discover the "Isle of the Blessed", also called Saint Brendan's Island. 3 months ago. The climb is easy but care should be taken at the top especially in low visibility with cloud or fog, as there is a steep cliff on the eastern face of the mountain. This is the most direct route up the mountain. it is a moderate hike but the yrail is rocky and wet in places. [10] The trail has been developed to the standard required by the Irish Sports Council for National Waymarked Trails in Ireland. [13][14], Brandon's prominence qualifies for the P600 classification. Duration: Approx. September 17, 2020 . the village of Ballybrack, near the foot of Mount Brandon; he is a trusted guide, and a stranger without him would be in some danger on Mount IBrandon on account of steep precipices and fogs which fall quickly. Mount Brandon owes its craggy shape to the work of local ... (11-mile) long waymarked trail has been constructed between Ventry Strand and the grotto at Ballybrack at the foot of Mount Brandon. Sauce Creek is derived from Irish sás, 'noose', a name referring to the fact that waves and currents make it very difficult to leave this cove by boat. Final part of Cosán na Naomh (The Saint's Road). Hiking. 3 months ago. "An Fhaiche / Faha is the name of the townland in which this peak is situated. [21] The route starts from the car park of Ballybrack (Irish: Baile Breac) (W434094), and follows the straight grassy path, marked by large crosses, to the summit of Mount Brandon; then retracing back to Ballybrack. The grotto at which the traditional ascent of the mountain begins is further down in the same townland. 29 (published March 2005)". It seems unlikely that they originally referred to the same feature. 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". View Map Address Brandon Mountain, Faha, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Also found in Co Kerry, at 3,123 feet tall (952 meters) Brandon is the highest mountain in Ireland outside of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. also the top is cold and very windy. It follows a trail below the Faha Ridge to the summit; then retracing back to Faha Grotto. The tradition of pilgrimage to Brandon Mountain dates back to the earliest times. September 21, 2020. Hiking. Starting Point: Although there are multiple starting points – OntheQT started at Ballybrack. [7] Old Red Sandstone has a purple–reddish colour, and has virtually no fossils. Property's guest policies. One of the routes chosen for development was Cosán na Naomh and an 10-mile long waymarked trail has been constructed between Ventry Strand and the grotto at Ballybrack at the foot of Mount Brandon. Gamekeepers Cottage farm is situated in the village of Ballyloughig, Ballydavid and just 8K from the very popular fishing Town of Dingle, and just 3k from Ballybrack Car Park Mount Brandon, Gamekeepers Cottage is a 200 year old two story cottage originally built to house the Gamekeeper for the COM Valley. Mount Brandon which takes its name from St. Brendan The Navigator is Ireland’s second highest mountain standing at 952 metres or 3000 feet. This was a beautiful clear day, and from the summit the view was one to be remembered. Children and extra beds. View Eimear's Recording. 3 months ago. 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