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Scotland & Ireland by Luxury Train (2017)

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 11  |  From: $12,995


Itinerary

Scotland & Ireland by Luxury Train

Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland

Upon arrival in Edinburgh, meet your A&K representative and transfer to your St. Andrews hotel. After settling in, attend a briefing, followed by cocktails and a welcome dinner with fellow guests.

Old Course Hotel   |   Meals: D

Day 2: St. Andrews | Scottish Spirits

Spend a day exploring the former royal burgh of St. Andrews. Ride Like a Local aboard a boat to Loch Leven Castle, where you walk in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots. Tour Falkland Palace, country home of the Stuart royal family. Then, sample Scottish whisky during an Artisan Visit and distillery tour. Spend the evening at leisure.

Old Course Hotel   |   Meals: B L

Days 3-4: Edinburgh | Regal Residences

Skirt coastal roads en route to Hopetoun House, where you take a private, guided tour. You may also sample produce grown on site at the estate’s café and pay a visit to its farm market. Then, explore the city of Edinburgh, visiting Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare in Old Town; the centrally located New Town neighborhood; and Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence. Check in to your hotel. Later, gather with fellow guests for dinner. The next day, depart for Leith and visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 to 1997.

The Scotsman Hotel   |   Meals: B D (Day 3); B (Day 4)

Day 5: Belfast, Northern Ireland | Discovering the ‘Titanic’

This morning, fly to Belfast for a close look at the moving history of this rapidly changing city. Take a self-guided tour at the interactive Titanic Museum, which features artifact-laden galleries and an ocean exploration exhibit. Next, tour Belfast with a local expert who shares insights into the turbulent history of Northern Ireland.

Culloden Estate & Spa   |   Meals: B

Days 6-7: Cork, Ireland | Irish Whiskey & the Blarney Stone

Transfer to Dublin’s Heuston station and board the luxurious Belmond Grand Hibernian train, partaking in Irish afternoon tea as the train makes its way through the lush countryside to Cork. After a visit to the historic Jameson distillery, rejoin the train for a leisurely dinner, followed by local entertainment in the observation car. Then, continue south to Blarney Castle, home to the legendary Blarney Stone. Disembark and privately tour the ruins and stunning grounds with morning tea in hand. Then, you may opt to join your train’s chef at Cork’s enticing English Market, selecting fresh local produce to be sampled later on board. Lunch is served as the train continues west toward Killarney on the shores of Lough Leane. A ride in a traditional jaunting car (pony and trap) takes you through the beautiful national park to scenic Ross Castle, where you set out on a boat trip around the islands of the lake. After a dinner on board, local musicians may inspire you to join in a ceili dance.

Belmond Grand Hibernian   |   Meals: B L D

Day 8: Galway | Choose Your Adventure

Today, the train heads north from Limerick Junction en route to Galway. Disembark for a city tour, followed by a visit to a traditional basket-weaving workshop. Or, opt to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Lunch will be served in a local pub where you can enjoy local music, Guinness and oysters. Later, sit down to dinner aboard as you proceed toward Athlone.

Belmond Grand Hibernian   |   Meals: B L D

Day 9: Westport | A Country Estate

Begin the day over a leisurely brunch as the train makes its way north to Westport. On arrival, disembark to see breathtaking Ashford Castle in the heart of the wild Connemara region. Take a guided walk of the estate or try your hand at fishing, clay pigeon-shooting, archery or falconry. During a scenic drive through County Mayo, pause to witness a sheepdog trial.

Belmond Grand Hibernian   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Dublin | Exploring the Capital

Upon returning to Dublin, disembark and explore the city during a guided tour, visiting Kilmainham Gaol and Trinity College, which houses the Book of Kells. After time at leisure, rejoin fellow guests for an interactive Chef’s Table farewell dinner.

Dylan Hotel   |   Meals: B D

Day 11: Depart Dublin

Transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight.

Meals: B







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