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01 Jul 2022

The €1580 per night train pulls into Clarke Station

The €1580 per night train pulls into Clarke Station
By Ian Cameron ian.cameron@dundalkdemocrat.ie @IanAlexCameron

The luxury train they are calling the 'Irish Orient Express' pulled into Clarke Station on Thursday last.

The 'Grand Hibernian' is the brain child of the Belomond company who operate similiar services across Europe.

Anyone at Clarke Station at approximately 4.20pm on Thursday afternoon was treated to an exterior view of the luxury new train.

And luxury is the word - as it will cost you in the region of €1,500 per night to take a trip on this remarkable locamotive.

The Grand Hibernian is first luxury rail experience of its kind in Ireland, and was apparently on a dry run through Ireland, with the full service starting in September.

The train offers 16 opulent twin and four double cabins. All cabins are en-suite, with additional features including a wardrobe, writing desk and chair. According to the website, large windows let you admire “the verdant landscape as it unfolds.”

Passengers can also enjoy an observation carriage, fine food and dining options, in the most decadent of surroundings.

There are various packages available with stops- including Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Blarney Castle, the spectacular Lakes of Killarney, wild Connemara National Park, Bushmills Distillery and Galway.

Passengers on the train will enjoy daily excursions to the best places to visit in Ireland at each of the destination stops.

All this however comes at a cost, ranging from a two day trip which will set you back€3,160 per person - to the six day grand tour which costs an eye-watering €7,722 per person.

Belmond have a global collection of 46 iconic hotels, trains and river cruises in 22 countries.

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