Mount Brandon (952) from Faha carpark outside Cloghane Village

Grade: Strenuous

Length: 10kms

Duration:5 hours

Height gain:860m

Starting from the carpark at Faha,below the newly renovated grotto area,we follow the well worn track on  a gradual ascent up towards Faha Ridge.We then skirt around the side of the ridge on a narrow track,looking down on the ribbon like features of the impressive paternoster Lakes below.Having arrived down into the valley,we cross the river and make our way to the most difficult section,where extreme care is required,known as the Éisc. This involves quite a steep ascent up a badly eroded track of earth and loose scree, with a couple of tricky “steps” to be negotiated on the way.30-40 minutes later we are greeted by the stunning vista that is the Dingle side of the Brandon range,looking down on the Three Sisters,Ballydavid and the Blasket Islands etc.From here it is a short 15-20 minute gradual approach to the summit.Taking time to appreciate the views (weather permitting) we retrace our steps carefully and return by the same route.