The Eastern Pilgrim Route to Mount Brandon

Mount Brandon is one of the great pilgrim sites of medieval and early modern Munster. It has a long history of pilgrimage stretching back to pre-historic times.  The traditional times of pilgrimage were May 16th the feast of St Brendan, Lá tSin Seáin Beag (June 29th) and the last Sunday in July known locally as Domhnach Chrom Dubh. Over the years the  pilgrimage has had its  ups and downs but it still continues today.


Mount Brandon image by Ingo Mehling (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (, via Wikimedia Commons.

There are a number of approach routes used by pilgrims to the summit. The western approach is known as the Saint’s road and links  the area around Ventry Harbour to the summit.

A second pilgrim route approaches  Mount Brandon from the east. This route stretching from the village of Cloghane to the summit of Mount Brandon. It is a more physically demanding route then the Saints’ road and takes the pilgrim on the way to the summit through the most scenic of locations including a glaciated valley.

I have just created a StoryMap of the eastern approach to Mount Brandon which I hope you will enjoy.


Story Map of the eastern pilgrimage route to Mount Brandon

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Anyone interested in the western approach route known as the Saint’s road  should see my blog post on the Saint’s road.