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Mount Brandon: photo description (Mount Brandon)

Brandon mountain on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. The name of the mountain was in honor of St. Brendan Cloverdale - one of the twelve Apostles of Ireland, who became famous mainly for their legendary journey to the Isle of the Blessed".

The height of mount Brandon is a 952 m (3123 ft) is the highest peak in the mountain chain of the Dingle Peninsula and the ninth highest peak of the island of Ireland. The Eastern slope of the mountain has a number of so-called "ice circus", formed in the ice age, while the Western slope has a pretty solid structure and almost completely covered with grass. The top of the hill is round and smooth, as it was a nunatak, and in conjunction with the peak of Barr an Ghéaráin, having a conical shape, creates a very impressive contrast. There are several Hiking trails on the mountain.

Historians believe that the pilgrimage to the mountain Brandan rooted in pre-Christian period, and is closely related to Lughnasadh - the ancient Celtic feast, which opened the beginning of the harvest season. Since the mount Brandon for many centuries associated with the name of St. Brendan, very popular today it enjoys among Irish Catholics. Pilgrimage route to the mountain Brandon is often referred to as "Holy road" and it starts on the southern tip of the Dingle Peninsula in Cill Mhic an Domhnaigh (Kilvickadowning), and ends at the top of the mountain, which was called the "Oratorio of Brendan". This path is marked by small white crosses and the peak itself is topped by a large metal cross. Will see you at the top of the mountain and the remains of the old stone constructions, which, according to legend, existed here during the life of the Saint Brendan.

At the Northern foot of the mountains on the Gulf of Brendan is a small village of the same name. Annually on the last Sunday of July takes place the "festival of harvest". Bay also Brendan is considered one of the best places for Windsurfing in Ireland.