A rare opportunity to experience a luxury train journey in Ireland aboard the Grand Hibernian, hosted by acclaimed Irish chef Clodagh McKenna. The pinnacle journey for any true food connoisseur, enjoy a two day Irish jaunt to some of Ireland’s spectacular highlights with exceptional cuisine served for every meal aboard the legendary Belmond Grand Hibernian luxury locomotive. Experience pure luxury when travelling the beautiful Irish countryside aboard this authentic luxury locomotive, complete with your very own luxury accommodation with en-suite. Explore during the day, relax at night, all hosted by Clodagh herself.
After spending the day exploring some of Ireland’s highlights, step back aboard where you will be greeted with our 24-hour steward service. Dine on multiple courses of exquisite cuisine, complimented by unlimited beverages of your choice, before retiring to your sumptuous quarters where you can relax and unwind before another adventure the following day. This journey is highly regarded and the added highlight of Clodagh McKenna hosting the tour makes this nothing short of exceptional.
Day 1 – Dublin:
Your journey begins at Dublin Heuston Station where you board the Belmond Grand Hibernian in the early afternoon and your first feast of your journey is served, giving you a taste of Clodagh’s stunning cuisine. During your journey, both Clodagh with Belmond Executive Chef Mark Bodie, will be on board preparing all meals, giving you an authentic taste first-hand on board. When not busy, they wonder the carriages chatting to guests. Later that day, disembark to Ballyvolane House where you’ll meet foraging expert Andrew Malcolm as he takes you around the beautiful grounds to seek out wile edible delights. After your forage, meet owner Jenny and tour the enchanting country house before a tutored tasting at Bertha’s Revenge Gin Distillery located nearby. This unique distillery uses whey alcohol from Irish cows’ milk and is named after the legendary cow ‘Big Bertha’ who lived to a record-breaking age of 48. Return to the Grand Hibernian for a delicious dinner after which Celtic entertainment is offered in the Observation Car.
Day 2 – Galway:
A leisurely breakfast awaits as you have time spare to unwind and socialise on board before we arrive in Galway. On arrival, lunch is served at one of the many iconic restaurants, Ard Bia, for a sample of local specialities. After, choose either a walking tour focusing on foodie hotspots or choose to visit the Galway International Oyster and Seafood festival (if available on the date of your journey). Rejoin the train later that day for pre-dinner cocktails followed by yet another delicious dinner. This evening’s entertainment is courtesy of local musicians.
Day 3 – Dublin:
Your journey concludes with a leisurely breakfast before arriving back at Dublin Heuston Station.
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