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art & culture • 9 days, 8 nights

Literature, Lore & Libations Across Ireland’s Northwest

art & culture • 9 days, 8 nights

Literature, Lore & Libations Across Ireland’s Northwest

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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    Overland Adventure
from $5,730 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Join us as we traverse Ireland from the capital city to the northwest coast and into Belfast. “What’s the story?” is a standard Dublin greeting and one that tells us so much about Ireland’s people. Here, it's said, everyone has a novel in them…if they’d only go home and write it. We will meet storytellers of this land, young and old, hailing from both cosmopolitan cities and islands that time has forgotten. We will trace the inspiration of some of Ireland’s famed writers whose art transcended political divisions to be held aloft in both the north and south. We will hunker down in the institution that is the Irish pub, a place which is captured in these lines: “it was a place where divisions were abolished, where people were taken on their own terms, where hierarchies were dispensed with.” As such, it could well be said to be a microcosm of Irish society, which has always tended to be less concerned with class than with sociability. These microcosms of society – from Dublin to Donegal and onwards to Belfast – were public houses where history was made. Their counters and corners were places of commerce, storytelling, and conviviality. As we travel, we’ll take our time to connect, chat, share stories and experiences, and meander along roads often missed by most travelers.

  • See wild and rugged places that inspired Ireland’s writers and artists.
  • Soak in Irish tales, yarns, and myths at local pubs.
  • Explore off-shore islands and touch stories of the past.
  • Visit picturesque coastal towns, castle relics, and wild countryside.
  • Hear the stories and passions of the people of this fabled land.


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

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The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $570. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome drink in Dublin at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Dublin by 3 p.m. that day so you can settle into your hotel room before meeting up with the group. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 9. If you are leaving Belfast directly after our trip, we recommend departing any time that day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own. If you are booking onto the May 2022 departure of this trip, consider also joining the Poetry and Music in the Scottish Lowlands trip that begins on May 14, 2022.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking between two and four miles over the course of each day, going up and down stairs, and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be spending time in rural areas and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.


We will be staying at comfortable, centrally-located, 3- and 4-star hotels.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable, 3- and 4-star boutique hotels.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout the trip.
  • An experienced Tour Leader to accompany you for the touring duration of the trip, as well as special guest guides and locals throughout your trip.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • Customary gratuities for local guides, drivers, porters, and wait staff.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Ireland has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Travel to Dublin and from Belfast.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers (recommendations for travel between the airport and arrival and departure hotels will be provided and facilitated).
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for an Irish and/or UK visa, if applicable.
  • Customary gratuity for your Tour Leader.
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Trip FAQ

Your participation in this trip provides significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses, schools, villages, and local families. In addition, this trip's focus on traditional customs will help to preserve and maintain them for future generations.

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