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!
‘We did a tour with Auriel to Carrowkeel. It is a really stunning landscape and nature did its best to feel it with storm and rain 🙂 Auriel did really care About the Group and we had a great experience up there. Would love to come back and do another tour with her.’ Thomas, Aug 2019.
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.
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.
‘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
Absolutely fascinating and insightful trail with Auriel. A beakon of knowledge about Knocknashee and the diverse archeology that exists on these plains. Spectacular views, amazing to see 4 counties MidTrail. Auriels enthusiasm is infectious, was left brimming with wonder. As a Sligo native to be given this level of inquiry about our ancient history is truly fascinating. This Trail is a Must-Do for any and all that are lucky to peep into the stories that surround Cnoc Na Sidhe (the hill or the faries).
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.