Often referred to as a ‘country house hotel on wheels’, this train consists of 10 renovated Mark 3 carriages encompassing five sleeping cars, two dining cars and an observation car.
Each named after an Irish county which has been decorated in a Georgian-inspired style to match the colours of each county’s tartan.
The sleeping cars, found at the centre of the train, comprise the Kerry, Down, Waterford, Leitrim and Fermanagh. Each is traditionally decorated providing a comfortable and accommodating space fully-equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Each room features an en suite bathroom complete with walk-in shower, as well as a full-length wardrobe, writing desk and chair. Each of the four double cabins may also be interconnected with an adjacent cabin to create multiple bedrooms - ideal for families or groups travelling together.
Time aboard the train can be spent enjoying the views in the privacy of your room, dining in one of the two dining cars, the Sligo or the Wexford, or in the observation car, the Kildare, that trails at the end of the train. Featuring plush, comfy seating, a bar and grand panoramic windows, this car is the place to come to sit back and enjoy the views that unfurl before you. By evening time, a merry spirit descends on the Kildare as local musicians and storytellers provide the night's entertainment.
There are a variety of different two to six-night journeys hosted throughout March to October, all departing from Dublin. Each travel through both famous and lesser-known destinations with frequent stops to take in the sights or join local excursions. Try everything from Jameson whiskey tasting in Cork, to a walk on the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic Coast.
For a longer vacation, you can also extend your trip with a stay at Ireland’s most luxurious hotels. In County Limerick, you can find Adare Manor, a 19th-century manor house, and in Dublin, you can find The K Club, which boasts the Ryder Cup Golf Course and the Smurfit Golf Course, or, within the city centre, you can find The Merrion.
Traditional sleeper cabins dressed in a Georgian-inspired luxury style integrated with traditional Irish tweeds and Celtic patterns. There are 20 cabins available, accommodating up to 40 passengers in 16 twin rooms and 4 double cabins, which all include an en suite shower room, a wardrobe, desk and large picture window. Rooms can also be connected to accommodate families.
Restaurants and Bars
Aboard there are two restaurant cars, Sligo and Wexford, which are each dressed in colour schemes to reflect each county’s tartan. The Sligo, in tones of opulent royal blue and metallic silver, embodies classic elegance and can seat up to 20 guests in tables of 4. Meanwhile, the Wexford, dressed in traditional Irish tweeds, Celtic motifs and tones of gold and cream, offers a more contemporary classic atmosphere and can seat up to 24 guests on tables of 6. Both serve menus designed to reflect the cuisine of the regions that the train passes through, prepared on board by a team of expert chefs using local Irish produce.
Activities and Entertainment
In addition to the nightly performances in the observation car, there are a great variety of activities and excursions that take place each day covering everything from golf tours, castle tours, walks in the countryside or along the coast, distillery tours and many more. Activities available depend on the journey joined.
Departs from Heuston Station in Dublin, a 28-minute car journey from Dublin International Airport.
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