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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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Had to change our plans due to a bad turn in the .. by ucampbell   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
Climbed from the north over Tomies, and a great b .. by Peter Walker   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
From Purple Mountain there is a fine view up Cumm .. by skyehigh   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
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Geo on Purple Mountain, 2009
by Geo  9 Feb 2009
Purple mtn climbed on Saturday 7th February 2009. We had done the Mangerton walk the day before and I'm not sure if any of the five in our group were feeling as bright and bushy tailed as we would like before we took on the challenge of jackill's walk as described in Guide no 40 on this site. We did cheat a little, in that we didnt walk north from Kate Kearney's throught the Gap but left a car there and brought the other up the 3.8 miles to the head of the Gap in the frosty morning to avoid tarmac! The car secured and our group suited and booted we began our upward plod following the path of so many who went before. Just before we got to Glas Lough, two shepherds in wellingtons and with 4 collies overtook us with a cheery good morning, and disappeared up the left flank of Purple leaving us breathless just watching them! The lough was partly frozen and the little cliffs overlooking it were dripping with icicles, making the walk a pretty sight. When we made it to the ridge at 560 metres we took a few moments before we began to crunch through frozen snow on our final push to the top, which we reached by skirting the first peak of 793 metres leaving it to our left. We had no path to follow as the snow was too deep but there was lots of scree and bigger peeping through the whiteness and we had to be very careful, as we made our footprints. We took our pic's at the 4th cairn, agreeing that it was indeed the highest point although a GPS didnt quite agree! Our next stop was Purple NE top or Tomies South as it is named on the Harveys Map! Go to the Purple NE comments to follow our progress if your curious to learn more. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/27/comment/3576/
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Fresh dusting of snow, clear skies, sunshine, gen .. by paulocon   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
Smooth as glass .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
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