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Purple Mountain Area
Maximum height for area: 832 metres,   Summits in area: 6,   Maximum prominence for area: 597 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 78 For all tops   Highest summit: Purple Mountain, 832m
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Purple Mountain Mountain An Sliabh Corcra A name in Irish
This is almost certainly a name coined in English. Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 832m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V88640 85172 This summit has been logged as climbed by 410 members. Recently by: IainT, amgall, jacek22m, Terry-Parker, JoannaS, hawkeye.john62, Eoin75, Damien25, 40Shades, ShayGlynn, Ulsterpooka, ericjones, Corentin_Cerutti, Martinpeak, Mushhaze
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Longitude: -9.62251, Latitude: 52.007906 , Easting: 88640, Northing: 85172 Prominence: 597m,   Isolation: 1km
ITM: 488612 585230,   GPS IDs, 6 char: PrplMn, 10 char: PrplMntn
Bedrock type: Well-bedded grey sandstone, (Lough Acoose Sandstone Formation)

In his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland of 1837, Samuel Lewis reports that Purple Mountain is ‘so called from the colour of the shivered slate on its surface.’ The Irish version looks like a back-translation from the English by OSI. References to Tomish or Toomish Mountain (i.e. Tomies) in The Ancient and Present State of the County of Kerry (1756) by Charles Smith make it clear that this name applied to the whole of what is now known as Purple Mountain. A number of 19th century sources confirm this, and this explains why Purple Mountain is not marked on the 6 map, though Tomies and Shehy Mountain are.   Purple Mountain is the highest mountain in the Purple Mountain area and the 28th highest in Ireland. Purple Mountain is the most westerly summit and also the second most southerly in the Purple Mountain area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Purple Mountain in area Purple Mountain, Ireland
Picture: From near Cnoc na dTarbh
One of the best views on this Island
Short Summary created by jackill,  14 Jan 2012
Park on the roadside at V872 838 A, room for 5 cars, and follow the track past Madmans seat and on to the Glas Loch.
Follow the west shore then steeply up to the east at the back of the lake. This path is very unstable just before the ridge at 560 meters elevation.
Cross over to the eastern side of the ridge, try to pick up zig-zig path that leads eventually to V884 851 B, the col between point 793 meters and the summit of Purple.
From this ridge its a short scramble up over loose rocks to the summit cairn, the fourth cairn of the five you will meet.
Continue on to Tomies
There are two ways down from Tomies.Follow a route directly rough heather which makes for slow unpleasent progress until you gain the lower slopes, it is undoubtable that this is the safer route. The other way is to descend over short heather to the top of Tomies rock . In bad visibility or windy weather be careful, it would be very easy to walk straight over the edge!. Just before you reach the the rocks there is a path close to the cliff edge which will lead you eventually down to a gentler slope- this route has magnificent views over the Gap of Dunloe. Once the lower slopes are gained at around V889 885 C head towards the green shed at V888 892 D, keep to western side of the wire fence( fence and shed are marked only on Hardys map) this marks the corner of the track back to the main road. At V887 893 E on this track either fork will take you to the main road. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/comment/4787/
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jackill on Purple Mountain, 2007
by jackill  4 Mar 2007
"Nil Satharn sa Bhliain na go spalpann an ghrian"
(Theres no Saturday in the year that the sun doesn't shine)
This was certainly the case when I climbed Purple Mountain.
Just before the photo was taken I had spent an hour walking in a thunderous downpour,
following a murky morning walk through the Gap of Dunloe.
The Gap itself calls to mind the Siq through which you pass to enter the ancient city of Petra
"the rose red city half as old as time"( if you can imagine it without the rain, ok that may be a tenuous link).
Think Indiana Jones in a flood and watch out for the large rolling rock falling from the Madmans seat! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/comment/2627/
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ssmith on Purple Mountain, 2003
by ssmith  2 Sep 2003
I climbed this starting from Kate's Cottage, along to the end of the Gap and on up to Purple, before carrying on to Tomies and back to Kate's. The views were mostly fantastic, just the odd shower keeping me on my toes. I was also fortunate enough to have the mountain to myself for most of the day. Overall a beatiful walk with stunning views, perhaps a little tricky finding the correct route down from Tomies to the the road again, but it's a good excuse to practice the navigation. If you are planning to do this, make sure you get the walk up the gap done early, as it is lovely comiing down tomies, and seeing your car from about 2000ft. A highly recommended day out. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/comment/629/
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rug on Purple Mountain, 2006
by rug  8 Sep 2006
This was a very enjoyable trek and we had great luck with the weather, the sun was shining for the duration. The climb itself was not that difficult, steep at the start abd at the very summit but otherwise quite gradual. The views from the top are breathtaking, to be honest didn't realise Ireland had such amazing scenery. Like others the way back down to the cottage was quite tricky and we got caught in a maze a Gorse bushes, quite prickly. I will definitely do it again, possibly in winter for a different experience! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/comment/2479/
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DickyDonut on Purple Mountain, 2003
by DickyDonut  30 Jul 2003
We climbed from the top of the Gap of Dunloe. A bit of a struggle, especially after Glas Lough but it was the first serious outing since the Pyrenees last year! We missed the west top, going round to the east then up to the saddle between the two tops. The wind was howling through there. Great to make it. A number of other people following us up to Glas Lough didn't appear again. We went on over Tomies and down to Kate Kearney's Cottage, planning to get a jaunting car back to our starting place. If you go in this direction, south to north, and plan to do the same, be warned. We got there about 4 pm and the jarvey's were packing up for the day. So we ended the day with a 5 mile walk uphill through the Gap. Still a great day out and to be recommended. A good way of walking the legs in! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/comment/593/
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mart on Purple Mountain, 2005
by mart  21 Aug 2005
I climbed from the north, from the West Top from here it appears as a
steep and narrow ridge and there is no difficulty in finding your way.
Coming down towards Glaslough is a different story, as the lake appears
very close but very far below and you have to descend very steeply over
scree and overgrown scree. I think there is probably a path, but I kept
losing it. There is a path from Glaslough down.
I've done this walk the other way around to many many people. I was wanting to leave the walk through the gap until the end, and when the gap would be quieter. I think this descent is why people go the other way. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/comment/1894/
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