Belmond Grand Hibernian
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 have 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 nights 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.