The Lower Lake
Photographer: Hudson, John
Medium: Photographic print
"The Lower and Middle Lakes are, strictly speaking, one sheet of water. They are bounded on the south by Torc Mountains, which are backed by Mangerton; on the west by the Tomies and Glena (undefined divisions of the Purple Mountains); and on the east and north by flat shores, adorned with the seats and villas which constitute the environs of Killarney. Ross Castle is the principal place of embarkation on the Lower Lake.
The Lower Lake is five miles in length, and three in greatest width; and of the thirty islands with which the bosom of the Lower Lake is studded, and which have all received names, there are only four or five worthy of any consideration, except as accessories to the splendid picture which nature here spreads before us...
Ross Island contains 158 acres, and forms part of the beautiful demesne of Earl Kenmare, from which it is separated by a narrow stream, crossed by a bridge. Close to it is the principal harbour of the Lower Lake.
The character of the whole scenery of the Lower Lake is totally different from that of the Middle and Upper Lakes; it is distinguished for its elegance and beauty, being shaded with rocks and islands covered with a variety of evergreens. The Upper Lake, on the contrary, is remarkable for its wild sublimity and grandeur; while the Middle Lake combines, in a great degree, the characteristics of the other two."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson