Discover Mount Brandon on The Dingle Peninsula
Mount Brandon is a popular mountain for climbers visiting the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry on the west coast of Ireland. The mountain is the ninth highest peak in the country and gets its name from the well-known Saint Brendan, who first viewed the ‘Unknown dam construction Mornington peninsula. Continent’ (America) from Mount Brandon’s peak on the ridge known generally as the Brandon Group. The mountain is craggy with rocks and owes its surface formation to an ice-age glacier.
Walking Mount Brandon:
Walking enthusiasts are regular visitors to the mountain’s tracks and pilgrims visit to walk a path called ‘The Saints Road’. This path is dotted with little white crucifixes that lead up to a large metallic cross at the top of the mountain. While the path is now walked by Christian pilgrims, it does actually pre-date the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and some historians believe it as originally a pilgrimage path for the Irish sun god Lug.
For those interested in walking Mount Brandon, there are many trips made throughout the year by the Dingle or Annascaul walking clubs. You can easily find either of these clubs with an internet search. Remember to dress for the weather, bring warm cloths too, sturdy boots, a hat (it can be cold up there). If you are going alone be aware that there have been serious accidents on Brandon, so better to travel with a walking companion and always tell someone where you are going, the route you intend to take and when you expect to return. Basically, keep safety in mind at all times.
The river runs through Brandon Creek to the sea, this is still used by fishermen today. It is also believed to be the place where Saint Brendan and his companion monks set off in 535 AD on their journey which would take them seven years before they reached the ‘Unknown Continent’. Brendan’s intention was to bring religion to the natives of that land (he landed in Newfoundland).
As you can imagine, Saint Brendan’s adventures won him a place in the hearts and minds of many people not just in Ireland but around the world. So much so that in the 1970’s Tim Severin, writer and adventure traveller, recreated Brendan’s journey in a craft similar to what Brendan would have travelled in.