We offer guided walking and hiking 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. Your head guide, Auriel Robinson, 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 refreshing coastal walk, an adventurous mountain hike offering you spectacular views or an interesting mythology trail.
On her tours, Auriel shares her knowledge with you. She’ll introduce you to Archaeology, Irish folklore, geology and local flora on her tours. She will take you to places far off the beaten track! If you are tracing your roots, she can help you with that too and she will introduce you to the arts, cultural and food scene around the County and in vibrant Sligo Town.
Auriel’s tours and experiences are ideal for all age groups and abilities, independent visitors, students and families looking for a cultural experience or unique adventure. If you are looking for something specific and would like to spend a few days in Sligo, Auriel can custom design your stay filled with interesting places to see and hike with her as your private guide. Have a look at the options available here and send your query to Auriel if any of the above interests you!
Horse ride along the beachThis was a fantastic experience. Auriel is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who clearly loves what she does. She provided fascinating insight into the Spanish Armada and surround areas of Mullaghmore and Streedagh Beach. She works alongside Ursula at Island View Stables and they are very accommodating to beginner and novice horse riders. Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to ride a horse and learn some Irish history. Auriel was kind enough to take photos for us as well.
‘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.
Excellent walk today around Strandhill with Auriel. Learnt a lot about the local history of the local area. Would highly recommend and will definitely use again when we return to the area. Many thanks😀Nick C.Date of experience: July 2019
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.
‘Excellent walk today around Strandhill with Auriel. Learnt a lot about the local history of the local area. Would highly recommend and will definitely use again when we return to the area. Many thanks😀’Nick C, July 2019, Chippenham, United Kingdom
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.
‘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
I’ve been one of the groups on the Bricklieve mountain trail and Queen Maeve’s trail. I really appreciated Auriel for giving us a great tour of the area and I’m grateful for all interesting information about the history and geography. I loved to hear so much about the local history surrounding the area and all the information about the tombs that are to be found in this part of the country. Enjoyed the time I spent exploring around with Seatrails.Kellfc.August 2020
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!
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.