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.
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.
Auriel was a pleasure to deal with. Her lessons were well planned and structured and offered a variety of experiences for the children who thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Group walks with AurielI have just led two tours to the Sligo area and each time asked Auriel to take over the guiding at Rosses Point, Streedagh strand, as well as on the first occasion (when I had sprained my foot) to Carrowkeel. I cannot recommend Auriel’s tours highly enough. She knows the region around Sligo like the back of her hand, is very well informed about archaeology, history and plants and explains things clearly. She also has a very nice manner and was very responsive to the needs of the various individuals in each of my groups. There was no rushing. We went along at a very comfortable pace and were able to enjoy our surroundings. The trips with Auriel were among the highlights of our visit to Sligo. Although the weather was not perfect, we all had a great time. In fact, two people in the group plan to return to Sligo with their families and go on more of Auriel’s trips. What better recommendation can you have?
Trails and Tales, Dunes and RuinsI was one of a group of six women in Sligo for two days. We had a fantastic time. On our first day we met Auriel in Strandhill and she brought us on a fabulous walk over rocks, shore and dunes ending up in a pub for a delicious seafood chowder. The following day we joined her at Streedagh Strand for the Spanish Armada Trail. Her knowledge is encyclopaedic and so interesting, her enthusiasm is infectious. I would highly recommend Seatrails and I can’t wait to join Auriel again on another trail.
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!
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
Coastal Fieldtrip at Streedagh and Ballintrillick WoodsAuriel spent at full day at our 2-teacher school in April 2018. We went on a long day field trip to Streedagh Beach & Ballintrillick Mines. The children had a fabulous day, meeting and working with a real archaeologist for the day. Auriel did several wonderful hands on child-centred activities with the children, imparted knowledge at a level that engaged the children from all the classes. Auriel covered geology, mythology, archaeology and history with the children on the field trip and really brought the history of our local area to life for the children.
Carrowkeel WalkWe met Auriel at a nearby gas station. This was a brilliant idea on her part as the beginning of the trail would have been hard (near impossible) for us to find otherwise. Auriel is an archaeologist and really loves what she does. It comes out in here presentation during the walk. She brought us up the path at a good pace. My wife needed a few breaks and she was fine with that and encouraged her to go at her own pace. We were able to go inside 2 of the 3 ancient burial tombs. She helped get in and out the easiest way. While in the tombs Auriel gave us information about why and how they were built. I would recommend booking with Auriel to do a tour if you’re in Sligo. When we come back, we will do a different tour with her.
Yeats Trail Rosses PointAuriel knows so much about the history of the area — we thoroughly enjoyed learning about the cultural, maritime, political, geological, religious and ruling history. We hope there’s a book about Sligo history in her future — with Auriel’s depth of knowledge and enthusiasm, it would be a fascinating read.
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!