The Belmond Grand Hibernian, Belmond’s first train in Ireland, will offer two-, four- and six-night journeys in both Northern Ireland and Eire.
Belmond has acquired 10 carriages from Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail), which it plans to transform into a luxury sleeper train with accommodation for up to 40 guests travelling in 20 en-suite cabins.
James Park Associates, which has worked on other train projects for Belmond including the Belmond Northern Belle and Eastern & Oriental Express, is responsible for the interior design and will take inspiration from Dublin’s Georgian architecture and blend it with elements of Ireland’s folklore and traditions.
Alongside rooms, the train will feature two restaurant cars and an observation bar car. Daily excursions, such as tours of historic estates or a round of golf, will be available to guests.
John Scott, Belmond’s president and chief executive officer, said: "Belmond Grand Hibernian will be Belmond’s seventh luxury rail experience, building on our expertise in operating a stable of the world’s most famous trains, including Belmond Royal Scotsman, currently the UK’s only luxury sleeper train, and the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
"Ireland offers today’s luxury traveller a rich and diverse cultural experience, with unrivalled scenery and warm hospitality that fit perfectly with Belmond’s offering of enriching and authentic hotel, rail and river cruise experiences."