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!
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.
Awesome sightsJoined Auriel for a walking tour of Carrowkeel and the Caves of Keash. Awe-inspiring! A step back into prehistory with breath-taking views. Auriel is a knowledgeable, friendly guide, willing to answer questions and discuss the answers. I had a wonderful day visiting these sites off the beaten path. I have been to Carrowmore, up Knocknarea etc. on my own, but will definitely take these trips again with Auriel and Seatrails on my next trip to Sligo
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!
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 have joined Auriel on a number of walks in and around the historic/archaeological areas Sligo over the last few years and could not recommend her walks highly enough. Informative, interesting and always well researched. If you are in Sligo and are looking for a brilliant day out I wouldn’t hesitate to contact her. I am thinking of learning to ride a horse to be able to join one of her horse treks.’Pat D, Aug 2019.
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.
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.
Absolutely fascinating and insightful trail with Auriel. A beakon of knowledge about Knocknashee and the diverse archeology that exists on these plains. Spectacular views, amazing to see 4 counties MidTrail. Auriels enthusiasm is infectious, was left brimming with wonder. As a Sligo native to be given this level of inquiry about our ancient history is truly fascinating. This Trail is a Must-Do for any and all that are lucky to peep into the stories that surround Cnoc Na Sidhe (the hill or the faries).
‘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