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Purple Mountain Area
Place count in area: 6, OSI/LPS Maps: 78 
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 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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skyehigh on Purple Mountain, 2005
by skyehigh  21 Aug 2005
Purple Mountain deserves a picture gallery, so here goes. Any tourist could have taken this one, but it's too early in the day for tourists - a great time to walk the Gap, and whet the appetite for the climb to follow. Purple - a worthy objective. Linkback:
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skyehigh on Purple Mountain, 2005
by skyehigh  21 Aug 2005
A sketchy path follows the west bank of the stream up to Glas Lough, after which it cuts up right through the heather - it is just visible in this picture. There is very little opportunity to go wrong in the ascent, but to find the top of this path in descent, you need to turn sharp right as soon as the ridge levels out. If you miss the path, the safest option would be to continue down the ridge until easier ground appears on the right. Linkback:
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tgobrien on Purple Mountain, 2006
by tgobrien  5 Jan 2006
I'v walked Purple 8 times in the last 2 years and each time its been memorable;because at the top to look at the four compss points brings nothing but satisfaction beyond belief and a sence of achievement that stays with you long after the walk is finished. Linkback:
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Picture: looking back up at the descent from Glas Lough
Interesting descent from Purple
by markmjcampion  2 May 2015
Having climbed Tomies from Kate Kearney's and walked along the ridge to Purple I was keen to cut out some of the road walk back to Kate's. The regular route down off P brings you to the Head of the Gap. However, once you get to Glas Lough you can head in a more westerly direction finishing at the bridge just south of Black Lake V 872 847 A. It's a bit of an easy scramble in places and definitely not for those with vertigo or without route-finding experience in unseen descents. I stayed a 100 metres south of the gully for a while so as to avoid some hairy ground (evident on the Harvey's map) but veered over to meet the river afterwards. This was worth doing as there were some nice water features on the way down. Walking back to Kate's along the road I saw some nice scrambling routes up both Purple and Tomies which I might just have to check out.
[Ed - I would be very careful about descending around here - you can get stuck - further south is safer] Linkback:
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Lynchieboy on Purple Mountain, 2006
by Lynchieboy  15 Apr 2006
A bit of a drag going up this one but lovely all the same. Parked the car at the top of the Gap of Dunloe W872 839 B and went offroad. Met the stream and took the western flatter side of Glas Lough and headed for the first peak which I have pictured here. At 793m its big enough but there was another which I can only make out is the other Purple mountain. My Map is the 1:25000 Na Chruacha Dubha version and I have to recommend that too. After Purple II there are two more peaks we followed which seem to have no names at 757m and 695m I think they should. In fact we spent a while trying to make up names, many of which are unrepeatable. Onto an Chathair and then an ease down to Tomies with a view of lough Leane. Great day, only drawback was that we came back the way we went. No serious complaint Linkback:
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foggy day on purple
by petercrowley  25 Aug 2013
followed joss lynam,s route to the top. there is parking right at the start of the stream and fence. stopped for food at glas loch and up the ladder to purple. the last part is a scramble to the first top with lots of trails starting and pettering out. a lesson was learned today because we forgot our compass and as we know its easy to find the top because its straight up but when descending in the fog we ventured too far west, by the time we escaped the fog we saw we were above gap bridge and had to cross the mountain back to the top of the ladder by glas loch. all in all a good day out and we agreed that purple in the fog was our first real taste of wilderness in ireland. Linkback:
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