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Our Travel Designer Lise Wollam has just returned from a journey on Belmond’s Grand Hibernian in Ireland, and here are her thoughts:
Belmond Grand Hibernian
WHY A TRAIN JOURNEY THROUGH IRELAND?
Me, I chose this journey because it combined the amenities of a modern five-star hotel with the elegance of a bygone era. I was able to experience so much of the Irish countryside without worrying about driving on the wrong side of the road or getting lost on their narrow streets. I was able to visit places like Dublin, Belfast, and Cork and enjoy fantastic daily excursions from historic estates and world-class golf courses to the famous hangouts of legendary writers, musicians, and artists.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR TRIP:
I traveled on the Grand Hibernian for 6 nights, roundtrip to Dublin. The train accommodates 40 guests, and with this small group size, you have more opportunities to get to know those traveling alongside you. We felt like we had made lifelong friends at the end of this journey!
Wexford dining car
Grand Hibernian observation car
WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TRIP?
I was able to experience Ireland in a very unique way. We enjoyed the local entertainment that joined us on board in the evening and viewing sites such as Cliffs of Moher, Ross Castle, historic Cobh, and the Titanic museum in Belfast, and the food was just incredible!
WHO WOULD ENJOY A TRAIN JOURNEY THROUGH IRELAND?
I would recommend this journey for travelers who want a unique, in-depth experience of Ireland, who love adventure, and who like traveling in small groups.
| The Belmond Grand Hiberian Train
A fabled Irish jaunt.
Crisscross acres of patchwork fields and craggy coasts, stopping in some of Ireland’s most storied cities
Belmond Grand Hibernian gets right to the green and gallant heart of the Emerald Isle. Our elegant sleeper carriages are inspired by Dublin's Georgian architecture. The Observation Car offers all the warmth of a classic saloon, with live musicians and animated storytelling. Set off and create your own story.
Each day aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian promises a new adventure with a range of sensational excursions. Delve into the country’s rich history with tours of Belfast's fascinating street art and Dublin's Museum of Literature Ireland. Feel the thriving culture of Galway and take a delicious wander around the markets and cafes. Be swept up in the ethereal natural beauty of Kilkenny after a morning of falconry.
On Belmond Grand Hibernian, memorable moments are never in short supply.