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Grand Tour of Ireland - Southbound

Your Journey

Embark on a six-night adventure from Dublin, coursing through dramatic landscapes to explore regal castles, timeless lifestyles and captivating towns.


Six nights aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian luxury train

24-hour steward service

All meals aboard the train: full Irish breakfast, two-course lunch and four-course dinner including cheeseboard, coffee, tea and petits fours

All beverages including alcoholic drinks

Traditional entertainment on board

Private visit to the Jameson Experience, tastings at Cork English Market

Visits to Hillsborough Castle, The Irish Emigration Museum, Westport House

A jaunting ride in Killarney and boat trip on Lough Leane

Excursion to a rural Irish farm or the Cliffs of Moher




Board the train in Dublin and enjoy a welcome champagne toast in the Observation Car. Traditional afternoon tea is served as the train journeys towards Cork.

Alight in Cork for a short walking tour of nearby Cobh with a renowned local historian. Finish at Cobh Heritage Centre, set in a former train station, to enjoy displays on the history of Irish emigration and the town’s links with the Titanic.

Rejoin the train for your first exquisite dinner on board, followed by coffee and liqueurs.



After a leisurely breakfast, choose one of two morning activities in Cork. Either set off on a guided walking tour of the riverside city, finishing at the bustling English Market for a sampling of Cork delicacies. Or head to the world-famous Jameson Distillery in Midleton for an exclusive tour and a tasting of a rare whiskey.

Return to the train for lunch as we travel to Killarney on the shores of Lough Leane. Alight for a ride in a traditional jaunting car through the National Park to the beautiful lake by Ross Castle. Board the Lily of Killarney boat for a scenic voyage.

Take advantage of a little free time to explore the quaint cobbled streets of Killarney. Round off a perfect day with drinks, dinner and entertainment on board.



Spend a relaxing morning on board, soaking up the ever-changing scenery. After brunch, disembark in Galway and choose from three ways to spend the afternoon. Visit a traditional farm and watch an impressive sheepdog demonstration, before continuing to the picturesque Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay. Return to Galway for a stroll around the town. Or head out to the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700ft above the Atlantic Ocean. Glimpse the Aran Islands and Twelve Bens Mountains on a clear day. Visit the grass-roofed Visitor Centre for an insight into the region’s geology and wildlife. Alternatively, join a local guide for a walking tour of Galway, then set off to explore the city independently. Take in the vibrant Latin Quarter and 18th-century Eyre Square.

Rejoin the train for dinner as it makes its way towards Athlone.



This morning, your first stop is the fascinating National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, in Westport. Set in the magnificent grounds of Turlough Park House, on the County Mayo coast, it explores rural lifestyles between 1850 and 1950.

Enjoy a hearty lunch in a local tavern before visiting Westport House, one of the country’s best-loved stately homes whose rich interiors date back over 350 years. Admire the fabulous views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick, stroll in the woodland gardens and perhaps witness a hawk-flying display.

There’s also time to explore Westport’s pretty Georgian town centre before returning to the train for cocktails, canapés and a gourmet dinner.



Breakfast is served as the train travels back to Dublin. Alight for a guided visit to EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, in Dublin’s Docklands. Discover how 10 million Irish emigrants influenced and shaped other regions of the world.

Return to the train, where new passengers are welcomed on board. Savour lunch as we head up the east coast towards Belfast.

Alight to visit Hillsborough Castle, the official Northern Ireland residence of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The majestic Georgian country house, built in the 18th century, features elegant State Rooms and glorious gardens. Enjoy refreshments in the regal Drawing Room.

Rejoin the train for dinner as we journey towards Dundalk in County Louth, known as the ‘Land of Legends’.



Relax on board this morning as the train journeys towards Waterford on the south-east coast.

In the afternoon, explore some of the historic attractions of Kilkenny in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Visit Butler House, the charming 18th-century Georgian Dower House of Kilkenny Castle, nestled in the very heart of the vibrant city. Your guide offers a captivating tour of the city centre with its Medieval Mile Museum, housed in a converted 13th-century church. Time permitting, take a look inside Kilkenny Castle with its impressive art collection, visit St Canice’s Cathedral, or simply stroll among the cobbled alleyways.

All too soon you’re relishing your final feast on the train – sweetened by the prospect of some toe-tapping after-dinner entertainment in the Observation Car.



Breakfast is served as the train continues to Dublin, its final destination. Disembark for your onward travel arrangements.

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