About Your Guide
Auriel Robinson runs Seatrails and is an archaeologist and walking guide. She is a Wild Atlantic Way Ambassador and Champion for Sligo and the northwest of Ireland. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Archaeology & Geography and a master’s degree in Maritime Archaeology. She has twenty-two years of experience working in heritage related disciplines and has worked in both private and public sector Archaeology. She grew up on a farm, has ridden horses all her life and loves animals. Her gorgeous dog Zara is a ‘Kerry blue’ which is a type of Irish terrier. She also loves the sea and grew up with sailing. She takes pride in Irish Heritage. In 2013, Auriel decided to set up her own business, Seatrails, based in Co. Sligo along the Wild Atlantic Way offering guided walking tours. She wanted to show people what wonderful natural and built heritage there is in Sligo to explore, learn about and enjoy.
What is on offer?
Auriel primarily offers walking tours, horse-riding tours and customised walking tours which are unique in the northwest of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way in incredibly scenic areas.
Sligo is one of the most scenic counties in Ireland with dramatic Benbulben Mountain towering over the coastline.
Auriel has an incredible and in-depth interest, knowledge and passion for local history, geography and archaeological sites. She is happy to share her knowledge with you and her groups in the outdoors and will make your experience a very memorable one.
The walking tours vary in duration and she can custom design your day for you if you wish. On the walking tours, you will learn about local history, Irish mythology, archaeology, geology, ecology, seaweeds, wild birds, Irish traditions and folklore.
In case she is unavailable at the time you choose, she also has other qualified and experienced guides working for her so don’t worry.
No matter what, after your walking tour with Seatrails, you will leave Sligo feeling refreshed, informed and ready for a nice meal or drink and Auriel will give you a very good recommendation for that.
Heritage on Horseback
Auriel also offers a unique experience called ‘Heritage on Horseback’. Since she was 3 years of age, she has been on a horses’ back and grew up with riding in competition and had lots of ‘pony club’ fun. She competed in intervarsity tetrathlons in her teen years and in college. She loves having horses around her. When she set up Seatrails, she collaborated with a local stable yard which is in a very scenic part of Sligo and close to two discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way called Streedagh and Mullaghmore. Auriel’s Heritage on Horseback Trail is great fun. It suits families or people who love horse riding by the sea! You will visit a family-run farmyard and stables where you can do a fantastic trail on horseback along a golden shore, through sand dunes or up green country lanes while taking in fabulous views and fresh sea air along the Wild Atlantic Way. Auriel rides alongside you and tells you all about your surroundings, pointing out natural flora and fauna, wild birds, seaweeds, little islands, and she can also take photos while you ride.
Auriel is passionate, professional and expert in her delivery as a guide. She loves her work and loves meeting people from all over the world. She has an interest in ecology and is environmentally aware and encourages people to learn about the importance and vulnerability of both marine and terrestrial environments on her trails across County Sligo.
She abides by the ‘Leave No Trace’ policy and encourages others to do the same. In 2015, Auriel picked up the prestigious award from Cleans Coasts Ireland of ‘Ocean Hero Business of the Year’ for her efforts on beach cleaning and marine environmental awareness. To hear a talk she gave at the awards ceremony, click here. Her trails are listed in numerous international travel guide books and websites. Seatrails was nominated and shortlisted for the 2017 Luxury Travel Guide European Awards and is currently rated highly on Trip Advisor with a Certificate of Excellence.
Auriel has a long-standing reputation in Sligo with Ireland’s National Tourist Board, Fáilte Ireland and is a Wild Atlantic Way Ambassador and Wild Atlantic Way Champion for Sligo in Ireland.
She teaches heritage to young age groups in primary schools in the north west as a listed ‘Heritage Expert’ under the National Heritage in Schools Programme. She also delivers lectures to second and third level educational institutions in Ireland and brings students on educational field trips.