Seatrails offers guided walking, hiking and horse-riding tours in Co. Sligo, in the northwest of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way which focus on archaeology, geology, local history and the natural environment. 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 guided coastal walk or hike along Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way or a guided hike up once of its iconic mountains giving you spectacular views and lots of fresh air.
Auriel fills you in on your surroundings and the local heritage sites, some of which really are incredible hidden gems. She’ll introduce you to Irish folklore, geology and local flora on her tours. Why not try one of her special Mythology Trails? If you are tracing your roots or have a genealogy query, she can help you with that too. Auriel will also introduce you to the arts, cultural and food scene around the County and in vibrant Sligo Town.
Seatrails guided tours and experiences are ideal for all ages, independent travellers, small or large groups, students and families looking for a cultural experience or unique adventure. You can also custom design your holiday in Sligo with Auriel to suit your requirements.
You can also go horse riding with Auriel where she will accompany you on horseback. This is her unique ‘Heritage on Horseback’ experience on one of the most scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline.
As the treasurer of Adventure Sligo and a member of Ireland’s Adventure Association for Adventure Tourism, Auriel can help advise you on other 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! So, why wait, drop her a line!
I’ve been one of the groups on the Bricklieve mountain trail and Queen Maeve’s trail. I really appreciated Auriel for giving us a great tour of the area and I’m grateful for all interesting information about the history and geography. I loved to hear so much about the local history surrounding the area and all the information about the tombs that are to be found in this part of the country. Enjoyed the time I spent exploring around with Seatrails.Kellfc.August 2020
‘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
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.
My Favourite Day in Ireland!We had a whirlwind of a day; had lost our passports that morning and were late to the ride because we were trying to track them down. Auriel was extremely understanding and accommodating and allowed us to reschedule with ease. The stables felt like home. Auriel is so energetic and friendly – she made our whole day turn around (even shared her jacket and gloves with me since I wasn’t prepared). From the stables, you can see the most amazing views of the beach and nearby countryside. Our ride touched every part of that! It wasn’t only scenic, but Auriel is filled with knowledge. She gave us so much history of every area we visited and more. She was also extremely patient as I was a beginner and my boyfriend better at riding. She spent time with us both on the ride. At the end, she shared hot chocolate and treats and showed us her expansive collection of photos that related to the history we shared. It was an unforgettable experience. If you come across Sligo, you MUST go on one of her rides!
Children got to experience a completely new subject of Marine archaeology. Using the hook of wrecks off our shores Auriel captured the imagination of every pupil in the class. Great links back to Rathcroghan and Knocknarea.
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.
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.
‘I did a 4 hour hack with Auriel on the Spanish Armada trail/Heritage on Horseback Experience. It was very informative. The horse I was given was a well-mannered gentlemen, I was well matched to my horse . The canter on the beautiful beach and the picnic on the island will stay with me.’ Tara H, Nuneaton, United Kingdom, Oct 2019.
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!
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