Tomies and Purple 

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  • Route

  • Grade

  • Gear

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Trip: Tomies, Purple and Shehy

Altitude/Distance: 800m/11.5km

Route: Tomies Wood- Gortadirra(479m)

Date: Guides available all year round - contact us 

Duration: 4- 6 hours

Grade: Trek - Easy /Moderate

Price: €75 per person


Overlooking Lough Leane to the north east, these 3 peaks are separated from the Mcgillycuddy Reeks by the Gap of Dunloe. Purple Mountain derives its name from the colour of the sandstone rock, which emits a purple hue under favourable light conditions. This is a moderate circular walk taking in Tomies, Purple and Shehy that offers wonderous views of the Gap and the Reeks as well as those of Lough Leane and Killarney.

A straightforward enjoyable walk in towards Tomies Wood but veering for the hills to summit your first peak of the day - Gortadirr (479m). From here, we make a push up to Tomies where the slopes become steeper. From the cairn at Tomies summit (735m) you get your first dramatic view of Purple Mountain and the Gap of Dunloe below.

Breathless scenery as we make the nice easy grade ridge walk passing minor summit points at 695m and 757m before the summit of Purple. Descending, the col or valley of Coomclochan below, the views are dramatic out over lough Leane and Killarney beyond. Contouring down off Shehy, we return to the forestry and the welcome track of Tomies Wood. This last section is a gentle walk through beautiful forestry with deer glimpsed through the trees and a lovely waterfall at O'Sullivans Cascade. This gentle walk leads you back to the gate where you started.

Trek: Easy/ Moderate
Suitable for beginner. Enjoyable day that allows a great introduction to hillwalking

Below is a recommended basic hillwalking gear list. If you have some or most of the items - great! If you do not, please contact us as it is no problem arranging some options from the guide on the day. You will find the more you hillwalk, it is likely that you'll spend more on gear. There are very good reasons why people purchase expensive gear and that is to keep them dry, warm and comforatble even in the most extreme conditions. This is very important during colder conditions. You do not have to buy all of the gear listed below unless you are going to do more in near future. If possible try to borrow some of it and we can give you some advice on the day before you buy your own. Also most ski-wear is suitable, although the heavier items, more so in winter.

  • Good walking/mountaineering boots. Waterproof for wet and/or cold

  • Socks (Thorlo, Thermolite or similar)

  • Thermal top base (dryflo, capilene or sports top) and mid layers (In winter several layers may be needed)

  • Good fleece or softshell

  • Trekking pants in summer, Thermal fleece pants in winter (Softshell pants are quite common also)

  • Wind and water proofs (Gore-Tex or similar): Jacket and Trousers

  • Head gear: thermal hat and/or sunhat. (Buff, neck gaiter, optional) or balaclava in winter

  • Adjustable ski poles, Leki or similar: these take a lot of pressure off the body and makes walking less tiring. I usually use two Leki spring loaded as it takes 36 ton of pressure off your knees per day as well as allowing you to have a crutch to lean on when your tired *Optional

  • Gloves: 1 pair of thermal and 1 pair over gloves or mitts (optional), no harm in bringing spare sets. I always bring a pair of fleece and buffalo mitts for high on the mountain as it can get very cold and by having your fingers together it keeps them warm

  • 1/ 2 Lt Water bottle or platypus in its own plastic bag

  • Lunch consisting of sandwich/snack and sweets, seeds, oatbars or fruit (keep in plastic bag)

  • Small Rucksack big enough to carry your spares and Lunch. (Line this with strong black bag)

  • Spare Top mid layer, socks and gloves

  • Camera with good battery and memory capacity

  • 1 x Flask with hot drink *Optional

  • Map OSI 78 and Compass (silva type 4) *Optional

The most popular option for many of our clients.

We regularly organise day long excursions, weekend & mid-week breaks and outings for individuals, coporate groups, sports teams, families and friends. The benefits are endless and we can organise all the logistics for you, from transport to accommodation, team building, military bootcamps, walking, trekking, abseiling....the activities are endless. We are your one stop adventure company who pride ourselves on providing the best of adventures in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Please contact our office to further discuss the benefits of a private course or guided walk/expedition you would like to challenge your team, group, family or friends! 

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