Classic elegance with a warm Irish welcome
Belmond Grand Hibernian Luxury Rail Journeys
As Ireland's first luxury train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian is a sumptuous way to explore the Emerald Isle's evergreen landscapes. Enjoy every moment with a scenic observation car, 24-hour steward service and Belmond's signature brand of luxury throughout.
In Ireland, the landscape is its own landmark, and it's a highlight in itself to watch the rolling green hills slide by, or to take in the cragged beauty of its cliff-framed coastlines. Travelling the length of the country, the Grand Hibernian is a wonderfully indulgent way to take in this island nation's rich blend of beauty and history, with stops in Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Galway, as well as Belfast, across the border in Northern Ireland. And, with a choice of journeys, ranging from two to six nights, guests can enjoy everything from luxury weekend getaways to more in-depth explorations.
Dublin's famed Georgian architecture has inspired much of the train's design, with other classic touches such as Irish-made rugs, glassware and crockery giving the overall impression of an elegant and welcoming country house on wheels. The environment feels appropriate whether the windows are framing the daily bustle of Ireland's towns and cities, or its remote and romantic farmlands. Each carriage has been themed around the colours and patterns of a deconstructed Irish country tartan, and the sleeping cars, with room for a total of 40 passengers, have the feel of a stately apartment, spacious and well-tailored.
Under Michelin-starred head chef Alan Woods, the Belmond Grand Hibernian prides itself on fine dining that goes beyond the realms of other luxury trains. Meals showcase local, seasonal ingredients, allowing guests to explore the traditional flavours of Ireland – but always with a contemporary twist. Menus regularly feature the likes of Killarney venison loin, Donegal turf-smoked salmon and Beara Peninsula scallops, and you can choose to dine in one of two dining cars, the warm and elegant Sligo or light and airy Wexford.
Taking its design notes from a Dublin saloon, the wood-panelled Observation Car is a cosy place to enjoy a relaxing drink – perhaps a local stout or whiskey – and watch the countryside slip past from the comforts of an deep armchair or cosy sofa. This is also where you'll find live music and storytelling events that bring you right into the heart of Irish culture and heritage, forming an auditory backdrop for the views outside. There's also a carriage specifically designed to meet the needs of disabled guests.
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