Always luxe travel brand Belmond has announced its first-ever train in Ireland, and we have a sneak peek.
The Belmond Grand Hibernian, expected to launch next summer, will be the perfect way to tour the dramatic Irish countryside and coast.
Designed as a ten carriage, 20-cabin sleeper train, only 40 guests at a time will take to thetwo-, four-and six-night experiences across both Northern and Southern Ireland, including the train’s Dublin base, Belfast and Cork. The train will also feature four interconnecting suites to accommodate families, two restaurant cars and an observation bar car.
Traveling aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian will feel much like a land cruise, offering daily excursions such as tours of historic estates, a round of golf, a visit to the new Titanic Belfast center, or an immersion into the world of Ireland’s writers, musicians and artists.
“Belmond Grand Hibernian will be Belmond’s seventh luxury rail experience, building on our expertise in operating a stable of the world’s most famous trains, including Belmond Royal Scotsman, currently the UK’s only luxury sleeper train, and the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express,” said John Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Ireland offers today’s luxury traveler a rich and diverse cultural experience, with unrivalled scenery and warm hospitality that fit perfectly with Belmond’s offering of enriching and authentic hotel, rail and river cruise experiences.”
James Park Associates, who also worked with the Belmond Northern Belle and Eastern & Oriental Express, have been commissioned to design the train’s interiors. Drawing inspiration from Dublin’s classic Georgian architecture and elements of Ireland’s ancient folklore and traditions, the cabins will evoke the country’s celebrated cultural heritage with a contemporary twist.
The train’s name is derived from Hibernia, the classical Latin name for the island of Ireland.