Cnoc Bhréanainn – Mount Brandon

‘Mount Brandon’ or ‘Cnoc Bréanainn’ is considered one of the finest mountains in Ireland and is the highest mountain outside the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Located on the Dingle Peninsula, The Mount Brandon group runs north to south across the Peninsula, acting as a great divide between Kerry Gaeltacht of ‘Corca Dhuibhne’ to the west and Cloghane, Castlegregory and Tralee Bay to the east. ‘Mount Brandon’ is one of many holy mountains of Ireland with a well established ‘pilgrim route’. It derives its name from St Brendan, or ‘Brendan The Navigator’. He was a renowned figure in West Kerry, with a deep association with the locality and a large number of place names carry his name to this day. ‘Mount Brandon’s’ importance in early Christian times may also be due to the fact that, being so elevated, far west and visible from all around, it was the last place to view the sun setting.

There are two different routes you can chose to take;

This information can be found in Mountaineering Irelands ‘Irish Peaks- A celebration of Irelands Highest Mountains.’