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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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Climbed from the north over Tomies, and a great b .. by Peter Walker   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
I climbed this starting from Kate's Cottage, alon .. by ssmith   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
From Purple Mountain there is a fine view up Cumm .. by skyehigh   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
Purple mtn climbed on Saturday 7th February 2009. .. by Geo   (Show all for Purple Mountain) Picture about mountain Purple Mountain in area Purple Mountain, Ireland
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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Smooth as glass .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Purple Mountain)
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