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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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Tomies Mountain Mountain An Chathair A name in Irish
Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 735m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V89498 86767
Place visited by 367 members. Recently by: bergman, JimMc, Lauranna, PaulNolan, Bunsen7, Juanita, Singo, ilenia, strangeweaver, anekk11, Oileanach, Dean, summitstrife, elin, davsheen
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Longitude: -9.610506, Latitude: 52.022416 , Easting: 89498, Northing: 86767 Prominence: 60m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 489472 586826,   GPS IDs, 6 char: TmsMnt, 10 char: TmsMntn
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

Cathair ('stone fort') is the name of the highest point (735m) of Tomies Mountain, but not the name of the mountain as a whole (TH). References to Tomish or Toomish Mountain in The Ancient and Present State of the County of Kerry (1756) make it clear that this name applied to the whole of what is now called Purple Mountain. When the name Purple Mountain gained currency in the 19th century as the name applied to the massif in general and its highest top, the name Tomies Mountain was probably relegated in status, referring only to the subsidiary peak. Joyce gives the Irish name as Tuamaidhe and explains it in reference to the two sepulchral heaps of stones on the summit (PWJ, vol. I, p. 336).   Tomies Mountain is the 86th highest place in Ireland. Tomies Mountain is the second most northerly summit in the Purple Mountain area.

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Geo on Tomies Mountain, 2009
by Geo  9 Feb 2009
The final of the fab four in the Purple Group! After our wildlife experiences on Shehy we returned via the shoulder of Purple NE to Tomies. It was the easy part of the last leg of our trip. Dropping down the mountain towards Kate Kearneys was hard work in the slippy snow. and we drifted too far left and almost missed the path down towards the famous Green Shed described in jackill's walk guide. From there and easy walk out to the road and then left and up to the car park. For quite a modest investment of energy and 12 km of walking we had bagged 4 of the top 100 and had a really enjoyable day! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/84/comment/3579/
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Picture: Tomies viewed from Purple NE top. Strickeen is to the left. Dingle Bay in the background
paulocon on Tomies Mountain, 2010
by paulocon  25 Feb 2010
The fourth top of my circuit of the Gap. From Purple NE top, there is an initial steep descent followed by a leisurely walk up to Tomies. Again, the views across to the Eastern Reeks are magnificent from here. The descent from Tomies really is a slog - head for spot height 568 (roughly N-NW) then head North down the thick heather clad slopes of Tomies. Aim for the bright green shed as the track back down to the road is accessed from this point. Going down the heather, I was glad that I'd tackled the purples from the South as I'd imagine an ascent over this ground would be quite tough.
Walked back up by Kate Kearneys and on to the Eastern Reeks. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/84/comment/4411/
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Picture: Summit cairn
 
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by Colin Murphy  3 Aug 2014
Pic shows the summit cairn, with Purple Mountain on the left and the Reeks on the right. In fact whatever way you look the views are spectacular. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/84/comment/17588/
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Picture: The Reeks from Tomies
Approached from the north
by Bunsen7  24 Aug 2017
Approached from the north on 19 Aug 2017, following the track along the laneway north of Kate Kearneys. Perhaps the key to finding this laneway is spotting the two wide gates side by side on the right after you pass the gift shop (Moriarty's) and then Bugler's cottage. Take the gate on the right. The laneway leaves you at the very start of the ridge from where you can follow a fence southwards initially.

The northern reaches of Tomies are boggy with heather and bracken. I'm afraid that there are now the distinct makings of a mucky track developing along this approach, which is not much better underfoot than bracken and heather. I suspect this may be linked to this route being used in recent years for a challenge walk, which tallies with earlier comments which suggested the track was very insignificant previously.

The views are spectacular once you gain the higher ground, particularly looking back into the gap of Dunloe and across to the Eastern reeks. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/84/comment/19700/
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