Dear all, Seatrails is open for Summer and Autumn 2020 and we will adhere to all HSE Guidelines so do not worry if you are coming out on a tour with us. The outdoors are the safest place to be and there is so much space here in Sligo to enjoy. We look forward to meeting you this Summer and Autumn.
Seatrails offers expert, authentic, unique and interesting guided walking and horse-riding tours in Co. Sligo and the northwest of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. Auriel Robinson, manager and head guide is an expert archaeologist who will take you on a voyage of discovery, one you will never forget in a photographer’s paradise.
You can choose a coastal trail with her or one of her friendly guides on the breath taking Wild Atlantic Way or a mountain trail giving you spectacular views. If you like horse riding, you can choose her unique ‘Heritage on Horseback’ experience on one of the most scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline.
Auriel offers intriguing tours showing you unique archaeological and historical sites of interest. She will introduce you to Irish folklore, geology and local flora. If you are tracing your roots or have a genealogy query, she can help you with that. Auriel will also introduce you to the arts, cultural and food scene in Sligo Town. She can also advise on other adventure activities and things to do in Sligo which combine nicely with her own tours such as having a seaweed bath, a surf lesson or a paddle boarding adventure.
Seatrails tours and experiences are ideal for groups and families looking for a cultural experience or unique adventure. You can custom design your holiday in Sligo with Auriel to suit your requirements from a half day to a week-long term. So, why wait, drop us a line for more info or scroll through our pages here and choose a trail of interest!
Fabulous hike to Carrowkeel TombsAuriel did a brilliant job with our group of 24. She not only knows her stuff but is clearly passionate about this site and the many other historical sites around Sligo. The megalithic tombs at Carrowkeel are magical at any time, but so much more interesting with an archaeologist as your guide. Auriel was also very thorough and professional in her pre-trip communication, making sure everyone would be properly equipped and ready for the rigors of the walk…it takes some effort to get all the way up to the tombs (most of the walk is on farm track, but the last bit is over stepped bog), but all agreed it was so worth it!
‘We very much enjoyed our two hour horse ride with Auriel, who, apart from being friendly and thoughtful, is very knowledgeable about the area and Ireland’s history in general. We recommend picking one of her trails at the start of your journey in the area or in Ireland, since she will give you plenty of recommendations on what else to see and do, with regard to your plans and interests. During our two hour horse ride (just the two of us, Auriel and a guide from the stables), we had a bit of canter on the beach and in the bog, otherwise walking and trotting as was convenient. We learned interesting details about the spanish armada wrecks and survivors along the Irish coastline, about local geology and nature, and were pointed to Lisadell House and at its interesting history of countess Markievicz.’ Kaer Morhen, August 2019
Excellent Spanish Armada TourWe had a lovely day exploring the Sligo coast with Auriel. She’s a very knowledgeable and friendly host and seems fascinated herself by the geology and history of the area. We learned about the wrecked Spanish Armada ships and the adventures of the Spanish survivor De Cuéllar; saw a 5,000-year-old Stone Age wedge tomb; saw tonnes of fossilised coral, and iron seeping through the limestone, all in a really beautiful part of Sligo. What a grand day! Much appreciated and recommended.
Fieldtrip to Deerpark Court TombIn Dec 2018, Auriel accompanied our school on an archaeological trip to Deerpark in County Sligo. This was our second full day trip with Auriel and we had a wonderful experience. It’s so wonderful to have an archaeologist to accompany schools on trips to historical sites, as we found that Auriel was able to bring the story and history alive of what looked like a stone circle to the children, or just a bunch of stones. Auriel had prepared lots of wonderful information and presented it to the children in a very interesting, engaging and fun way. On the walk to the monument, Auriel engaged the children with lots of information on the geology surrounding them as well as the flora and fauna of Deerpark. We hope to continue to engage Auriel into the future on historical and geography trips to explore our local environment and area.
A Great day with SeatrailsGreat to have been one of the groups on the Spanish Armada Trail that took place today at Streedagh Strand. Thank you Auriel for giving us a great tour of the area and thanks very much for all the very interesting information on the history of the Spanish Armada ship wrecks. Plus, super to hear so much about the local history surrounding the area and all the information on the fossils that are to be found in this part of the country. Enjoyed my day very much with Seatrails.
‘We did a tour with Auriel to Carrowkeel. It is a really stunning landscape and nature did its best to feel it with storm and rain 🙂 Auriel did really care About the Group and we had a great experience up there. Would love to come back and do another tour with her.’ Thomas, Aug 2019.
Myself and wife had a brilliant time with Seatrails and Auriel last Saturday climbing Benbulben in Sligo. Really felt at ease and Auriel had great knowledge of the route and info on surrounding areas. Really would recommend this to really enjoy the whole experienceAidan EDate of experience: September 2020
2 Days Hiking & WalkingMet up with Auriel for a days hiking up to the Carrowkeel Megalithic Tombs. Had an absolutely fantastic day, really enjoyed her company and the way she gave very informative history talks along the way. I enjoyed it so much I booked on for a second day’s walk out at Streedagh beach. Again, she explained all about the history of the Spanish Armada, the shipwrecks, the ecology, the formation of the mountains, …. I guess the fact she’s trained in Archaeology & Geography and a Masters Degree in Maritime Archaeology and fifteen years experience is a major help! Thanks so much Auriel, till next time.
We were delighted with Auriel’s visit. She brought the children on a heritage trip to Roscommon Castle and facilitated a biodiversity workshop on Loughnennane Park having presented a workshop on Marine Habitats in the school. She was very well prepared, brought plenty of samples of fossils and seaweed and engaged really well with the children. It was a really memorable day.