We offer authentic and unique customised tours in Co. Sligo in the northwest of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way focusing on Irish cultural and heritage sites that include archaeology, geology, ecology, mythology and local history. Walk with your guide, relax and take it all in.
If you want to escape into the wilderness and immerse yourself into stunning natural landscapes, Sligo is the place for you. You can choose which sites you want to see and where, be it coastal or mountainous, and this can be achieved over the space of a few days or just one day, it is up to you. You are guaranteed our time, expert heritage-focused information and professionalism. We can design a specific itinerary to suit your needs and will advise on best places to visit in addition to your time with us.
Imagine discovering ancient megalithic tombs that were built by early Irish farmers here thousands of years ago. A lot of these sites are in some of the most scenic areas of the coast and along Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way and in the mountains of Sligo. You will find yourself in a very peaceful place on our trails while also finding out about how these people lived long ago. You will hear the old stories and local folklore associated with the place and you will be fully informed of archaeological excavations that took place in the past which is simply fascinating. You cannot find this information anywhere else and that is why you have Auriel with you.
Auriel strongly recommends that you spend more than one day in Sligo. Most people who visit here and come out on a trail with Seatrails say they wished they had more time and some of them have come back years later! They may have a very specific reason for visiting Sligo initially and come back many times or they may be coming here for the first time after many years of waiting or even a lifetime. This could be related to tracing their roots or seeking genealogical records for example and Auriel loves to help with this as much as possible.
Sligo is quieter than other parts of Ireland such as Kilkenny, Dublin, Galway or Kerry, but it is a very special place with a special energy, and it will amaze you. You don’t have to travel far away from Sligo Town to see some amazing sites either so contact us with your query. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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.
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.
‘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
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
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
‘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.
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.
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
‘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.