Wednesday, 26 June
United Kingdom

Ireland is a country woven with legends and myths. The land of leprechauns, giants and fairies, this magical place is a must visit not just for its breathtaking scenery, but also to be enchanted by its folklore. Visiting Ireland becomes even more enchanting with a train ride aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian. The train experience crisscrosses acres of patchwork fields and craggy coasts, stopping for a spell in some of Ireland's most storied cities. Your journey would be filled with fables from pages of history, anthologies and fairytales. There's no better way to explore the Emerald Isle than aboard this magical train journey.

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ireland-templetonExplore DUBLIN, IRELAND 
Wander upon Ireland's enchanting capital, the land where legend and reality mingle. You can't visit Dublin without raising a pint (or two) to its people's favourite pint from the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of St. James' Gate Brewery. Then, tour the sights of Dublin, stopping for lunch at a traditional pub in the Temple Bar area, accompanied by live Irish music. Afterward, enjoy an afternoon at leisure, relaxing or exploring the city on your own. 

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.

Tour in CORK
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.

Walk through GALWAY
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.

Admire the rural WESTPORT
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.ireland-grand-hibernian

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.

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