Explore Ireland by luxury train onboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian

by Cherie DeLory

Luxury train travel is on track in Ireland, as the Belmond Grand Hibernian launched its inaugural voyage on August 30, 2016.

The Belmond brand is the epitome of class and style; the winning formula for bespoke travel and hospitality success. luxury hotels dotting worldwide exotic destinations, river cruises and rail travel offer upscale experiences the best that money can buy.

The Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s first luxury touring train. Imagine taking the ‘Legends and Loughs’ journey, a four-night trip from Cork to Killarney, Galway and Westport. Excursions include a tour of Blarney Castle, Jameson’s Whiskey Distillery and Ashford Castle. The two-night journey, ‘Realm of Giants’, travels north from Dublin to Belfast and Portrush. Visit the Titanic Belfast exhibit, play a round of golf, and explore the Unesco World Heritage site of Giant’s Causeway in Antrim. Combine tours for a special six-night journey.

Contemporary, spacious sleeper carriages accommodate 40 passengers. Enjoy the romance of the rails over an elegant candlelit gourmet meal in the dining car. Retreat to the Irish saloon-inspired observation car for a nightcap of Irish whiskey and the wonder of experiencing travel as it was in nostalgic times, with a few added bells and whistles. All aboard!

Tours are inclusive and include all meals, drinks, entertainment and excursions. Prices start from US $3,450 per person for the two-night journey and US$5,800 per person for the four-night journey.