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.
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!
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?
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
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!
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.
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.
Labby RockWe were so impressed with Auriel’s knowledge and enthusiasm on a trip to Labby Rock Portal Tomb that we booked a later walk to Carrowkeel. These sites are over 5,000 years old and Auriel brought them alive for us. This is worth going to Sligo for.