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Colly Mountain An Bheann Mhór A name in Irish
Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple mudstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 679m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78/83 Grid Reference: V65073 80761 This summit has been logged as climbed by 85 members. Recently by: IainT, ericjones, jimgraham, millsd1, liz50, Geo, DaveMc, peter1, t.jay, PeakPaul, hillwalker, melohara, crankechick, odonogc, shaunkelly
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Longitude: -9.963757, Latitude: 51.963072 , Easting: 65073, Northing: 80761 Prominence: 144m,   Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 465052 580821,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Colly, 10 char: Colly
Bedrock type: Purple mudstone & siltstone, (Valentia Slate Formation)

Overlooks Ballaghisheen (Ir. Bealach Oisín, 'pass of Oisín' from the north. A ridge to the north connects with Meenteog on the Glenbeigh Horseshoe. There are several names mentioned by Ó Cíobháin with the element collach, lit. 'a boar', but referring to boulders. This may be the origin of Colly, but there are other possibilities.   Colly is the 145th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Colly in area Glenbeigh Horseshoe, Ireland
Picture: Colly from Coomaspeara
 
Easy ascent, fine views
Short Summary created by Peter Walker,  6 Apr 2013
Colly's pyramid is an interesting offshoot/addendum to the classic Glenbeigh Horseshoe route, offering one of the easier ascents of a significant hill within the Iveragh interior. Start from the collection of multi-coloured farm buildings in Coomaspeara 637810 A where it should be possible to park with permission. From here a conspicuous track zig-zags eastwards up the hill to around 500m, a short distance from the summit ridge: once this is reached turn right for the summit with its very fine prospects both west to the sea and east to the Reeks and Mullaghanattin/Stumpa Duloigh.

An alternative ascent can be made from Ballaghisheen Gap to the south-east 671791 B, over the twin tops of Knocknagapple. In both cases the best return is by the route of ascent. In addition, it could be taken in as a detour from the Glenbeigh Horseshoe. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/140/comment/4900/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Colly in area Glenbeigh Horseshoe, Ireland
Picture: Summit cairn of Colly looking towards Waterville.
riverlaune on Colly, 2010
by riverlaune  26 Feb 2010
We climbed Colly on 13th Feb 2010 and parked like others by the farm at Coomaspeara. The farmer was very helpful and pointed out the various peaks, although they were shrouded in cloud at the time! We scooted rather quickly past some heifers and a Limousin bull at the start of the walk and I hoped that this bull didn't have a penchant for bright red North Face jackets!! The zig-zag track up the mountain is as described in other comments and you eventually take a right hand turn after having followed a fence, towards the summit. There is a summit cairn at the top and when the clouds eventually cleared, panoramic views in all directions. We were due to head from Colly on towards Meenteog but decided to do this another day! This seemed quite a good access point for the 'middle' section of the Iveragh horseshoe. Like most of my climbs in Kerry, we did not see a single soul out walking or on the mountain! I'm glad to say the sun came out on the way down and we savoured the beauty of this magnificent area whilst eating our sandwiches!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/140/comment/4449/
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Peter Walker on Colly, 2007
by Peter Walker  14 Sep 2007
We strolled up from the head of Coomaspeara (whose farmer is very friendly.... V637810 ) on a "lazy Sunday afternoon after the Saturday night before" (if you catch my drift) in September. Blazingly sunny, and an absolute army of flying insects to contend with on the top. A farm track runs up to about 500m; it's unfortunately conspicuous from a distance, but it neuters any sting from the ascent quite effectively. Once you reach the end of it, a short pull over grass and heather leads to the summit ridge. This is an excellent vantage point; Colly is amidst many higher hills but overshadowed by none of them. As previously noted, it can be linked to the hills around Glenbeigh; the intervening terrain seems relatively easy going. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/140/comment/2829/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Colly in area Glenbeigh Horseshoe, Ireland
Picture: Colourful flora on Colly
 
colin murphy on Colly, 2009
by colin murphy  19 Aug 2009
On my way up Colly from Knocknagapple NW Top I came across a semi-circular stone structure about two metres diameter which my map indicated to be William Scotus Well, and I noticed a lengthy track from the SE leads almost exactly to this point. My first thought was that Scotus was the guy who used to feature on the £5 note but subsequent research tells me he was John Scotus Eriugna, so I am none the wiser. As visibility was slightly beyond the length of my arm, I can't comment on the views from Colly but my slog was compensated slightly by happening upon the multicoloured mossy growth in the pic which measured about one metre across. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/140/comment/4024/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Colly in area Glenbeigh Horseshoe, Ireland
Picture: Colly
eric on Colly, 2005
by eric  20 Dec 2005
The summit of Colly is the mountain in the centre of this photograph which has a very distinct diagonal line running across the slope of the mountain. Immediately behind Colly is Meenteog and to the the left is Macklaun.

Colly is easily climbed from Ballaghisheen Pass via Knocknagapple or included as part of a sidetrip on a long days walk of the Glenbeigh Horseshoe Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/140/comment/2111/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Colly in area Glenbeigh Horseshoe, Ireland
Picture: Colly viewed from Coomaspeara
 
dbloke on Colly, 2007
by dbloke  14 Sep 2007
Here's the picture to go with Mr Walker's comments. The farm track can clearly be seen. I can confirm that the insects were the most vicious yet encountered. And the farmer's dogs' bark is much worse than their bite. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/140/comment/2830/
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