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From its London base overlooking the Thames, Belmond operates some of the world’s most celebrated hotels, river cruises and trains, including Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the Belmond Royal Scotsman and the all-new Belmond Grand Hibernian.
Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s first ever luxury sleeper train. Departing from Dublin, this country-house-on-rails travels through the heart of the Emerald Isle on a selection of carefully curated itineraries. Those keen to explore the north of the country can travel up the east coast to Belfast and on to historic Waterford; travellers wishing to experience the south can journey to Cork, continue to the Lakes of Killarney and return to Dublin via Galway.
There’s also a six-night itinerary that covers the length and breadth of the island. Of course, there’s more to a trip on Belmond Grand Hibernian than geography, including the chance to enjoy local specialities, such as Galway oysters and Gubbeen cheese; to sample whiskey at the famous Jameson distillery; to make private visits to country houses and to experience the local craic.
At the end of each day, comfortable cabins, all ensuite, beckon. Another recent first for Belmond is to be found aboard Belmond Royal Scotsman, the historic sleeper train that departs from Edinburgh on journeys around the Highlands. In 2017, the company added the Bamford Haybarn Spa to the train’s rake, meaning guests can enjoy a soothing treatment as they glide past pine-clad mountains, mirror-perfect lochs and ancient castles.
Belmond Royal Scotsman offers a selection of itineraries, including the new five-night Clans, Castles and Isles tour, which plunges travellers into Scotland’s wild and rugged west coast. For keen golfers there’s a special itinerary accompanied by golf professional Sam Torrance (departing 25 June 2018). While golfers tee off on three of Scotland’s finest courses, their non-golfing partners can visit a selection of magnificent castles and estates. Everyone gathers together in the evening for a delicious feast, lively entertainment and, naturally, a wee dram or two.
Belmond is equally renowned for its gastronomic day journeys around Britain aboard the beautiful Belmond British Pullman.
The train has a starring role in the Paddington 2 movie and, on 16 February and 7 April 2018, it will be adding marmalade sandwiches to its afternoon tea menu in honour of the accident-prone bear. The journey will be steam-hauled and guests will enjoy Paddington-related activities. For a more gourmet experience, Belmond British Pullman offers a Golden Age of Travel lunch, which gives diners the chance to appreciate the train’s unique art deco interiors on a trip through the British countryside. Other itineraries include tasting menus created by Michelin-starred chefs, such as a three-course lunch at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, followed by dessert on the train and visits to great British cities and sporting events. There really is no better way to see the British Isles in all their glory than aboard an iconic Belmond train.
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