The town of Killarney, from which the lake takes its name, is situated on this flat at the foot of the hills.

In attempting to communicate a more intimate knowledge of the varied scenes of Killarney, I shall begin with the domain of Mucruss, which stretches from the foot of Turk mountain along the eastern borders of the middle and lower lakes : and here I shall beg leave to direct the attention to the three first plates, which severally contain views taken from an eininence in the domain, called the Green Hills. These views are necessarily limited to a small scale, consistent with the plan of this work; but it is presumed that they will still be instrumental in elucidating the description. Engravings destitute of the assistance of colours, upon whose harmonious combination so much of the pleasure which we derive from the contemplation of the works of nature depends, are at best but ill qualified for the purposes of landscape; and indeed even the happiest powers of the pencil itself, would be baffled in the attempt to paint the innumerable beauties in this enchanting scene,

Shade unperceived so softening into shade,
And all so forming an harmonious whole,

That, as they still succeed, they ravish still. The distance of the spot where these views are taken, from the water, is about half an English mile ; the intermediate

space is occupied by a park richly adorned with woods, over which the spectator is supposed to look down upon the lake.

In the first plate, an outline is given of the prospect from southsouth-west to north-north-west; and the mountains are distinguished by name. The other plates, as may be readily observed, are only finished views of parts of the same scenes *.

* It was the original design of the Author to have given one or more panorama

Turk mountain, from this station, appears nearly insulated, owing to the defiles at each of its extremities. One of them affords a passage to the river from the upper lake, and through the other runs a wild road leading from Killarney to Nedheen, a town situated at the head of a large estuary of the south-western coast, called Kenmare river. The water at the foot of this mountain is a part of Turk lake. The bold promontory observable on the near shore of the lake is a remarkable mass of marble, whose pale blue colour sometimes harmonizes with that of the water, sometimes forms a strong contrast to it, according as it is influenced by the changes of the atmosphere. It remains dark when the lake assumes a bright silvery hue; on the contrary, when a lowering sky throws a gloom over the waves it is as conspicuous for its brightness.

The rugged heights to the right of Turk form one side of the defile through which the river flows from the


lake. The water beneath Glena mountain is a part of the bay of the same name, on the lower lake, between which and Mucruss house are seen the woods of the peninsula which separates the middle and lower lake.

Tomies mountain, which has a double peak, is the next in succession to that of Glena ; the others of the same chain lie concealed from this point of view.

The low shore to the right of Tomies mountain is the most remote part of the lower lake, distant from the spectator about six miles. The mountains above it overhang the northern shore

views, from different stations; but the artist who was employed upon the first of them having failed of producing the effect that was intended, and which perhaps was not attainable on so small a scale, it was judged expedient to break the plate, and not to attempt others on the same plan.

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of the bay of Dingle, which opens to the Atlantic ocean, at the further distance of thirty miles.

The different points of land in the middle distance, which intercept the view of the remote shore of the lake, are islands; amongst which that of Ross appears conspicuous from its castle. The hills above these islands are those along the northern shore of the lake.

The domain of Mucruss is not less remarkable for its internal beauty, than for the variety of noble prospects which it commands of the lake and adjacent mountains. Diversified in the most pleasing manner with hill and dale, parts of it are spread into lawns clothed with the richest verdure, and adorned with graceful trees; others are broken with marble rocks, around which native vines, extend their wanton tendrils; others are over-run with a wild entangled forest. On one side a ruin, venerable from its antiquity, rears its mossy towers amidst enibowering groves; and in an opposite direction, down the wooded mountain, a cataract

in headlong torrents hurls
His sounding waters; while on every cliff
Hangs the light foam, and sparkles through the gloom.

The entrance is in a decayed village, once the flourishing seat of an iron-manufactory, and it does not prepossess the imagination in favour of the place to which it leads ; but the charms of the scene are quickly revealed, after passing it. At first the road runs over hills of easy ascent, in the interior of the domain; afterwards winding towards the lake, it continues along the shore, passing through thickets which afford variety by occasionally intercepting the view of the water. The house stands near a

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