Gap of Dunloe

4" x 8.25" (10.25 x 21 cm)
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The GAP OF DUNLOE is a 6-mile mountain pass about 9 miles from Killarney. It divides the Purple mountain from McGillycuddy's Reeks. In this rugged defile are the Serpent, Auger, Cushvalley, and Black lakes which are drained by the River Loe. Visitors travel on ponyback or in a ponycarriage from Kate Kearny's cottage to the head of the Upper Lage whence the tour continues by boat. Each year along the rocky road which winds past the Auger Lake (at right overleaf) thoughts of tourists trek on ponies through this rugged defile. The Gap of Dunloe is a place of massive boulders in grotesque array over which foaming mountain torrents dash downwards with reckless abandon. A symphony of nature is played here incessantly, no two notes in repetition. For illustration, nature adds a profusion of ferns, mosses and wild flowers. The purple heather and the gorse flowers make a blaze of colour thrilling to the eye. The area around Kate Kearney's Cottage is very popular with casual trippers who enjoy pony trekking and walking and cycling in a commanding environment. The pictures overleaf indicate the natural aspects of an area which has remained unchanged since it was traversed by Weld, Macauley, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Young, Thackeray and other early-day visitors.

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