Belmond Media Centre

23 January 2020

BESPOKE IRISH HOSPITALITY - Myths & Legends, Adventure and the 'Craic'

Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s only luxury sleeper train introduces bespoke experiences taking guests off the rails and into the heart of Ireland’s eclectic and adventurous landscape. Guests can tailor their itinerary by choosing their own adventure; immersing themselves in Celtic culture of myths and legends of Ireland’s fabled landmarks and new for 2020 – Belmond introduces a new pop-up pub on the platform, where music and dancing and plenty of ‘craic’ are on the menu.

New experiences include kayaking at sunset kayaking on the lake at Killarney, paddle boarding across Clew Bay, kissing the blarney stone at Blarney Castle, horse riding on the beach in Carrowholly or exploring foodie Galway.


New for 2020 – Belmond brings the warmth and craic of traditional hospitality direct to the rails with a ‘pop-up’ pub on the platform in the traditional style of a ‘Shebeen – once known as an illicit inn’ popping up along the route to offer a taste of traditional Ireland, music, Guinness and dancing.


Ireland offers some of the most beautiful natural landscapes that can be best explored on water – such as at Westport, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the natural Clew Bay features 365 islands and offers a calm serenity that is perfect for exploring by Paddle Board, whilst at Kilarney National Park, at the end of the day, guests can take a sunset kayak tour with the backdrop of Ross Castle.


Horse racing and riding are an intrinsic part of Irish history and culture. Guests on board Belmond Grand Hibernian can choose to go beach riding on Clew Bay, enjoy the grounds of the lavish country estate, Mount Juliet, on horseback or visit the Dublin Horse Show at RDS Ballsbridge in July 2020.


Whilst in Cork, choose a guided tour of either Blarney Castle, and receive the ‘gift of the gab’ by kissing the legendary ‘stone of eloquence’ or a guided tour of one of Europe’s best -preserved star-shaped artillery forts, Charles Fort. Arguably one of Limerick’s star attractions, Bunratty Castle is one of the most complete medieval castles in Ireland and boasts a recreated interactive rural village where guests can meet village characters and soak


Golf enthusiasts can add a round of golf into their itinerary with tee times available at Royal Dublin Golf Club, Portmarnock Golf Club, Adare Manor Resort, Carne Golf Links. Royal County Down Golf Club, Lahinch Golf all available.

Departing from Dublin’s Hueston Station, Belmond Grand Hibernian travels on circular routes through both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With only 40 passengers on board, the train has two, four or six night itineraries. On September 28th, Irish cooking sensation Clodagh Mckenna returns to the rails for her bespoke two night ‘Taste of Ireland’ itinerary.

To book or for more information visit or call 0845 077 2222.

Notes to Editors

Excursion options vary depending on the route the train takes. Prices vary per excursion option and will be given upon booking.

A full list of excursions can be found here: Experience.pdf

About Belmond:

Belmond is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 46 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants.

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