View of the Bay. Devil’s Punch Bowl

View near Muckross, Killarney. In the foreground, on the choppy waters of the lake, close to a buoy, the main focus is on a small square-rigged boat with six people aboard, including an oarsman and a man handling the sail. Several other sailing boats, including a yacht, are dotted over the water. On the far shore, several buildings, backed by trees, stand out against a high mountain (Mangerton).

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption outside of boundaries of image – View of the Bay. Devil’s Punch Bowl.

Image Details

Genre Landscape
Technique Etchings
Subject(s) Nature, Rural life, Transportation
Geographical Location
  • Lough Leane - Lake
  • Kerry - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Lakes & ponds, Mountains, Passengers, People, Ships, Women
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 7.7 cm x 8.7 cm
Published / created 1846

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account The Killarney Poor Scholar
Print or manuscript Print
Location of image in copy opp. p. 138
Source copy National Library of Ireland Ir 82389 s 78
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

They proceeded thence, after enjoying the beautiful prospect, direct over Flesk bridge to the bank of the river, and from which all the scene is enriched by a fine sloping wood to the water’s edge, whose stream joins the Lake below Cahernane. After stopping to survey the scene from this point also, with Mucruss peninsula at the left, // and Killarney on the right, they went forward for Cloghereen; and passing through the village of Mucross, then began gradually to ascend Mangerton; for Mangerton, although not strictly belonging to the Lake, well deserves to be visited. Near its top they reached a circular lake, christened in some wassail of the "olden time," the Devil's Punch Bowl, and supposed to be the crater of an extinguished volcano. Down the steep side of this mountain tumbles a cascade, visible for one hundred and fifty yards, whose water is supplied by this circular lake near the summit of Mangerton, and which, on account of its immense depth and never-failing flow of water, is justly thought one of the greatest curiosities at Killarney. From the crest of this mountain a map of the country seems drawn out by the pencil of nature between the bay of Castlemaine and the river Kenmore; and from the mountain road between Mangerton and Turk, there is the best bird's-eye view of the Lakes. [pp. 137-138]
View of the Bay. Devil’s Punch Bowl