Seatrails offers exceptional, unique, diverse and interesting guided walking and horse-riding tours in Sligo, Leitrim and the northwest along the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.
Your guide Auriel Robinson is an expert archaeologist and passionate about Sligo 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 on the breath taking Wild Atlantic Way, a mountain trail giving you spectacular views over Sligo and surrounding counties, or a gentle and relaxing guided walk by the sea. If you like horse riding, choose our unique ‘Heritage on Horseback’ trail on one of the most scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline.
Auriel offers her intriguing Sligo Town Trail where she will show you its historic buildings and sites, its vibrant heritage, arts, cultural and food scene. Auriel is involved in youth education and is a listed heritage expert within the Heritage in Schools Programme. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of Irish heritage with everyone she meets.
Seatrails is ideal for groups and families looking for a cultural experience or unique adventure. You can custom design your walking holiday with Auriel to suit your requirements from a half day to a week-long guided walking holiday. So, the choice is yours.
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.
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!
GuideWe loved our tour with Auriel up to Queen Maeve’s grave! It was such a great experience. She was so informative & knowledgeable about the history of the area, the land and the people that lived around there. She was very kind and friendly and even patient when we were a bit late. We would highly recommend her as a guide anytime!!
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.
Passionate guideAuriel is an incredibly passionate archaeologist with a huge amount of information at her fingertips. She knows the best places to visit in Sligo and has some really great experiences on offer. While our family enjoyed everything, we did with Auriel, I highly recommend the Shellfish Experience as it was a family favourite! Her website clearly outlines the different trips she offers so use that to determine what you want to do
Knocknarea & Benbulben HikesWe have joined Auriel in Seatrails to climb both Knocknarea and Benbulben in Sligo. I highly recommend Auriel as a guide. She is a lovely, warm, fun person and is extremely knowledgeable on many topics – history, archeology, geology, marine life..the list goes on! Hikes and trails are carefully and safely planned and Auriel ensures that any additional needs in the group are taken into consideration. Thanks Auriel for making these experiences memorable!
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!
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.