Distance: 13km; Ascent: 800m; Sunny; with Mark and Shona
I slept soundly and was woken by Mark shouting across to me from his tent at 6:25am; somehow I had slept through my alarm! However I was soon up and enjoying the early morning sunshine, whilst packing up my tent. As Shona and Mark had been up since 6am, it was clear that they were going to be ready before me, so I suggested that they made a head start and I'd catch them up at some point.
My rucksack was packed by 7:20am, and I was soon underway. The first climb of the day was only 30m up to the small hill of Druim na Coille. As per yesterday the views were excellent and they continued to improve as I made a steep ascent up towards our first major summit of their day. Eventually the ground eased and I found myself wandering alone across the moorland admiring the views, whilst being serenaded by countless birds - what a wonderful way to start the day!