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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, also Cnoc Sliogach an extra EastWest 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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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Purple Mountain (<i>An Sliabh Corcra</i>) in area Purple Mountain, Ireland
Picture: Purple on the right
The highpoint of a small massif with stunning views and a jewel of a lake.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, jackill  17 Aug 2023
Purple Mt. is named for the colour of the rocks that adorn the W face which itself overlooks the Gap of Dunloe. On this side there is some fairly steep ground so be careful when navigating off the summit in bad weather. It can catch a lot of wind too so take care. Great views in all direction – of the E Reeks, Torc, Mangerton, Stumpa Dulaigh and beyond to S Kerry and Cork.

SW. This is by far the most direct and busiest route. Park on the roadside at V87116 83707 starA, room for 5 cars, and follow the track E and then N passing Glas Lough before heading E and following a steep, unstable track up onto the main S ridge. Cross over to the E side of the ridge, try to pick up zig-zig path that leads eventually to V88405 85040 starB, the col between SH 793 and the summit. Now it’s a short walk up over loose rocks to the summit cairn, the 4th of 5 you will meet. [90 mins]

N. Park in the ample CP beside Kate Kearney’s pub. Walk N along road to V88163 89217 starC. Turn right here up the lane, passing a couple of gates on to the ridge at V88802 89200 starD. Head S along a narrow track that will eventually lead to Tomies N Top and on to Tomies. From here it’s a fine walk due S to Purple NE Top and then SW to P itself. [3hrs+]

The E side of the massif is not too hospitable so, without local knowledge so best avoided. Dinis to Shehy by way of Eagle’s Nest is possible but a very rough, boggy route.

Notable tracks incl. track/2138 and the long but excellent track/4371. Linkback:
"Nil Satharn sa Bhliain na go spalpann an ghrian" .. by jackill   (Show all for Purple Mountain (An Sliabh Corcra))
Had to change our plans due to a bad turn in the .. by ucampbell   (Show all for Purple Mountain (An Sliabh Corcra))
This was a very enjoyable trek and we had great l .. by rug   (Show all for Purple Mountain (An Sliabh Corcra))
We climbed from the top of the Gap of Dunloe. A b .. by DickyDonut   (Show all for Purple Mountain (An Sliabh Corcra))
I climbed from the north, from the West Top from .. by mart   (Show all for Purple Mountain (An Sliabh Corcra))
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