Driving on Ireland’s narrow winding roads is not for the faint hearted. The Ring of Kerry and Gap of Dunloe, although stunningly beautiful, at times will leave you with sweaty palms and a pounding heart,
particularly at the narrow points of the route, where two cars can’t quite pass each by each other and refined reversing skills are essential. Although some find this driving experience exhilarating, others prefer something a little more relaxed – for these people, travelling by train is the perfect option and for some added luxury, privacy and exclusivity the Belmond Grand Hibernian is the perfect choice. You don’t have to be a train enthusiast to enjoy the experience. The luxurious train journey is a perfect way to see the spectacular Irish countryside from the comfort of beautifully decorated carriages and cosy cabins. The journeys to choose from can last for 2, 4 or 6 nights and begin and end in the county’s capital city, Dublin.
The shortest trip, the ‘Taste of Ireland’ option, takes in the historic cities of Belfast and Waterford and gives you the opportunity to visit the award winning Titanic Experience museum and the site where the world renowned Waterford Crystal is made. The 4 night ‘Legends and Loughs’ tour spans the length and width of the country and stops off at the vibrant cities of Cork and Killarney in the south west and the bustling Galway and Westport on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the west coast. Optional excursions include visits to Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara National Park to name just a few. The 6 day tour, ‘The Grand Tour of Ireland’, is a combination of the two shorter journeys and gives passengers the chance to properly unwind while seeing the best that Ireland has to offer. Exquisite fine dining on board makes this a food lover’s dream and the changing views from the two air conditioned dining carriages creates a truly unique gourmet experience.
This truly luxurious way to travel is ideal for honeymooners who want to relax for a few days before continuing on with their travels and can be included in a Romantic Tour of the country’s scenic, wind-swept coastline and lively towns and villages. For the history buffs and culture lovers it’s a great way of visiting Ireland’s historic sites without the hassle of arranging transport. It can be combined with a Castle Tour to get a real insight into Ireland’s historic landscape or even a tour of the sites where some of Irelands best known movies were filmed, in an Ireland Movie Tour.
For many, visiting Ireland is a once in a lifetime experience – make the most of your vacation by creating the perfect, custom made, bespoke itinerary for you and your loved ones that will exceed your expectations and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Contact Ireland Luxury Travel today to get the ball rolling and let us help you with the arrangements. You’ll be happy you did!
Erica McCarthy, Mulitmedia Executive