Dear all, Seatrails is open for Summer and Autumn 2020 and we will adhere to all HSE Guidelines so do not worry if you are coming out on a tour with us. The outdoors are the safest place to be and there is so much space here in Sligo to enjoy. We look forward to meeting you this Summer and Autumn.
Seatrails offers expert, authentic, unique and interesting guided walking and horse-riding tours in Co. Sligo and the northwest of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. 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 coastal trail with her or one of her friendly guides on the breath taking Wild Atlantic Way or a mountain trail giving you spectacular views. If you like horse riding, you can choose her unique ‘Heritage on Horseback’ experience on one of the most scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline.
Auriel offers intriguing tours showing you unique archaeological and historical sites of interest. She will introduce you to Irish folklore, geology and local flora. If you are tracing your roots or have a genealogy query, she can help you with that. Auriel will also introduce you to the arts, cultural and food scene in Sligo Town. She can also advise on other adventure activities and 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.
Seatrails tours and experiences are ideal for groups and families looking for a cultural experience or unique adventure. You can custom design your holiday in Sligo with Auriel to suit your requirements from a half day to a week-long term. So, why wait, drop us a line for more info or scroll through our pages here and choose a trail of interest!
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.
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.
‘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.
‘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
‘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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!