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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
‘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.
‘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