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.

Auriel Robinson with her dog

What we offer

Auriel offers expert guided walking and hiking tours with a focus on heritage. She also offers bespoke/private walking holidays for families or groups 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.

Auriel with open arms on Inishmurray Island

It’s about you

Auriel aims to please and will consider everything you tell her in regard to your interests prior to making your booking. Whichever tours you choose to fill your days or holiday in Co. Sligo, you are guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy the beautiful landscape and coastline while learning lots about local Irish history, mythology, archaeology, geology, environment and folklore. No matter what, after your tour with Seatrails, you will leave Sligo feeling completely refreshed, informed and ready to book your next return visit!

Auriel with friend beside Streedagh beach sign


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. In addition to her passion and knowledge of Archaeology, she has a great interest in geology, geography and ecology and is extremely environmentally aware.  She encourages people to learn about the importance and vulnerability of both marine and terrestrial environments.


She abides by Ireland’s ‘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.


Auriel teaches heritage in schools to young age groups in the north west of Ireland and is a listed  as a ‘Heritage Expert’ under the National Heritage in Schools Programme. She also delivers lectures to second and third level educational institutions in Ireland and takes students out on educational field trips. She has ample experience in this area and shows commitment and passion in her delivery.

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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!
Taylor H, 15 Dec, 2018
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