The ancient stones of Toormore Dolmen are dramatically lit by the last rays of the setting sun out over the Atlantic horizon.
While the world changed and empires rose and fell, this timeless scene has remained unchanged for around 4,500 years.
The construction you see here is an altar wedge tomb which overlooks the beautiful Toormore Bay in West Cork. It is said to date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age.
As the name indicates, it was originally a pre-historic burial site. But during the period of the Penal Laws in the 16th and 17th centuries it was used as a Christian altar for the clandestine celebration of mass.
The tomb sits in a stunning roadside location high above the ocean’s edge, seven kilometres west of the charming village of Schull on the way to Mizen Head.