It turned out to be a lovely Sunday, especially for this time of year. After a quiet morning at home, I decided to head to culleenamore beach. At 2PM, Mr Yeats, Bubbles and Emmet would be released. And in order to stop you thinking who these creatures are, 3 lovely seals which were being introduced back into the wild. Under the watchful eye from a big enough crowd who turned up for the release and who wanted to enjoy the good weather, the seals were skillfully driven to the shore by Neil Walton of Voya Seaweed Baths & Spa. From there , they were set free to embark on their epic adventure.
As the weather turned out to be so great, I made the decision to climb up Knocknarea. From the main car park, it is a quick enough climb to the gate. This stretch of the pountain is fairly flat and the path twists through some fields . Once you reach the gate, you already get great views towards Ballysodare Bay
From the gate, you really start climbing the mountain. The path turns into a track which zigzag's up the mountain. It is worthwhile taking a few breaks to admire the fantastic views. Once the top of the mountain is reached, the track widens and runs directly towards the cairn. From here, you have views towards Donegal, Mayo and fantastic views towards Benbulben. It is amazing to think that once a year, approx. 800 brave warriors run during the warriors run past the cairn having reached the highest point in the competition.