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Purple Mountain Area   Cen: Purple Mountain Subarea
Place count in area: 6, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, EW-KNP, EW-R 
Highest place:
Purple Mountain, 832m
Maximum height for area: 832 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 597 metres,

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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 Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Well-bedded grey sandstone Bedrock

Height: 832m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V88640 85172
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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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Picture: South-west from the slopes of Purple Mountain
Peter Walker on Purple Mountain, 2008
by Peter Walker  17 Apr 2008
Climbed from the north over Tomies, and a great belvedere at the heart of all things. If descending to the head of the Gap, as previously suggested finding the Glas Lough might be awkward in poor visibility: even on a clear day, it's surprising how far right it is and how relatively steep the slopes above it are. Doubtless this is more easily found from the other direction, but then I think the descent from Tomies is much worse! Horses for courses, etc (and finishing the day with the Gap Of Dunloe is less likely to have the bar at Kate Kearney's stinking of horse manure). The photo shows an intrepid Englishman looking into the fastnesses of Iveragh from the descent: they do look very inspiring seen from here. Linkback:
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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. Linkback:
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skyehigh on Purple Mountain, 2005
by skyehigh  21 Aug 2005
From Purple Mountain there is a fine view up Cummeenduff Glen. Stumpa Duloigh and Broaghnabinnia are the mountains at its head. Linkback:
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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. Linkback:
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Picture: View from cairn at spot height 793 metres
paulocon on Purple Mountain, 2010
by paulocon  21 Feb 2010
Fresh dusting of snow, clear skies, sunshine, gentle cool breeze.. such days are made for walking. Having spent the previous weekend fighting with a thick soupy fog on Slievelamagan and questioning my sanity with each and every step, my faith in hill-walking was restored after a full days walking in Kerry.
I had made provisional plans to bag a couple of easy tops if the weather wasn't on my side but heading through an empty gap of Dunloe early in the morning, the snow covered summits on either side of the gap proved too tempting to resist.

I started a circuit of the Gap from the Head of the Gap. As said before, the key to Purple is to find the fence that leads you to the serene Glas Lough. A path leads from the west side of the Lough up the higher slopes of Purple - this path becomes vague at times but if you stick with it, the going is much easier than over the heather which presumably gives the mountain it's name.
On this particular day, the colour of the mountain was a striking white given the light covering of snow from the previous night. As you near the first top (spot height 793 metres), the ascent is over rocks. This point is marked with a cairn. From there, it's a short stroll across to the main top which is adorned by a number of cairns, the largest of which looks to mark the summit proper. Fantastic views from Purple across to the Eastern Reeks as well as along the route ahead.

I had read some reports of Purple being a very tough nut to crack but it wasn't anywhere near as bad as I had expected. It might be a different challenge in the summer months when the heather is in full bloom. For summit-baggers, Purple provides easy and quick access to the other three tops in the range. Linkback:
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Picture: Glas Lough
Smooth as glass
by Colin Murphy  3 Aug 2014
Picture shows the tiny but very pretty, and appropriately named, Glas Lough, (green lough, as Bearla) which nestles hidden away in the western side of Purple Mountain. Linkback:
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