In the footprints of saints
All aboard the “Jonathan Swift” Holyhead to Dublin 1 hour 49 minutes! Twenty four hours to bag a summit catch the St. Patricks day parade and enjoy a drop of the black stuff.
A quick dash to the Dingle Peninsula in the Kingdom of Kerry and Mount Brandon (Cnoc Bhréannain) 952 m (3123 ft). The mountain takes its name from Saint Brendan (aka “The Navigator”) legend has it that St Brendan lived on or near the summit.
On a good day the summit views are spectacular, but given it’s position on the edge of the Atlantic coast, clear days are 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 numerous routes up the mountain, two of which are very well traveled
The route from the West the Saint’s Road, is easier starting at Ballybrack (An Baile Breac). This takes you up along a gentle slope with great views to the summit. The route is well defined with plenty of markers and arrows along the way, high cross wind from the Atlantic can sometimes cause problems. The whole route takes abour five hours.
The best route is from the East the Faha ridge walk. The Faha ridge is above and North of the regular route up Brandon starting in the village of Cloghane. This route involves some scrambling and a knife-edge arête with great views on the way to the top, if your not comfortable with a bit of exposure and scrambling you’re probably better off on the other route.
Job done! Round trip to summit four hours forty minutes. Back to Dublin where the music, fireworks and craic are still mighty.
Best map for Brandon 1:50 000 Ordnance Survey Discovery Map No. 70.
Grid Ref Q46042 11614 – Latitude: 52.235188 – Longitude: -10.254350
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