The Gap Of Dunloe
Photographer: Hudson, John
Medium: Photographic print
"The celebrated Gap of Dunloe is a deep, rugged, narrow ravine, of about three miles in length; the cliffs which limit it rising in many places from the bottom to a great height, presenting many wild and striking combinations, and exhibiting vast masses of rock, heaved up and scattered about in the wildest disorder. Among the dissevered rocks, on the ledges and in the crevices of the cliffs, a few trees and shrubs have attained to a considerable size; these, together with the ivy, bramble, brier, and other climbing plants, tend to relieve the sterility of the arid surface, and at the same time contribute to the picturesque...
Limited though the Gap of Dunloe comparatively be in its depth and extent, the consideration of the wonderful changes that have taken place on the earth's surface cannot fail to excite emotions of wonder and sublimity.
There are four small, deep, still lakes in the valley of the Gap, whose dark, sullen waters tend to augment the wild character of the scene. These tiny loughs are supplied by the numerous rills that flow down and furrow the western side of the Purple Mountain, and uniting below the Black Lough, the lowest of these mountains turns, flow down to the Laune under the name of the Leo; from which the castle that was built on its confluence, and the dark, gloomy Gap, take their name. In various parts of the Gap the echoes, even from the moderate sounding of the human voice, are clear and remarkable."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson