Another great day out with the UCC Mountaineering club as we took on Purple Mountain situated in the Gap of Dunloe in Killarney Co. Kerry. The hike began with a lovely walk up through the Black Valley where we took in the stunning views of the valley around us as well as seeing some Jaunting carts which would have been a first for some of our hikers. We veered off the road and began the ascent up the mountain guided by a stone pathway for some part of the way. The slope steepened gradually as we climbed up and over rocks and made our way towards a spot height just before the peak of Purple Mountain. Here we stopped for a break, where we took in spectacular views of the Mcgillycuddy reeks range all around us. Once we reached the peak of Purple mountain we had summited a total of 893m, where we were met with very strong winds where we struggled to keep our footing. Here we saw views of the Lakes of Killarney as well as Killorglin below us.
The descent consisted of various ascents and descents as we reached more spot heights on the mountains and made our way back towards Kate Kearneys cottage where our bus driver waited. The gradually steepening descent didn’t faze anyone as we followed a windy stone pathway through marshy areas until we reached a road and marked the end of another great hike.