Torc Or Middle Lake
Photographer: Hudson, John
Medium: Photographic print
"Torc Lake, or, as it is sometimes called, the Middle, is bounded on the north by the peninsula of Muckross, and on the south by Torc, a beautiful conical hill, standing out in bold relief to the loftier outlines of Mangerton. Torc Lake, which is reached after passing through the channel from the Upper Lake, is not at the first glance so attractive as either of the other lakes; but if the traveller does not coast round it, he will lose much. It has numerous tiny bays and coves, beautiful in form, and offering to the eye of the painter the most exquisite combination of colour, arising from the union of rock and foliage, and from the infinite variety of ferns, lichens, and mosses that over-spread its banks. Considering the height - 2,756 feet above the level of the sea, and 2,691 above the lake - Mangerton is very easy of ascent. In going up we pass Drumrourke hill, from whence the best view of the Lower Lake and the scenery immediately connected with it is obtained. From this level the Lake scenery collectively is seen in by far the best points of view, and here we have the advantage of the magnificent sylvan foreground of Muckross. From the summit of Mangerton a splendid view is obtained in addition to the Lakes and all the mountains and country lying immediately around; there the unaided eye can readily embrace on the south the estuary of the Kenmare river, insinuating itself among the lower hills which lie around it and stretch from the base of Mangerton to the ocean; westward, Castlemaine bay and the great extent of intervening hilly country, stretching afar summit over summit; northward, the eye ranges over a vast tract of unreclaimed country; and eastward is exhibited that high chain of mountains which extends from Killarney to Mallow."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson