Above: The Grand Hibernian train approaching Killarney, Ireland

I had long wondered whyIreland, unlike neighboring Scotland, did not have a luxury train from which to view its glorious scenery. I was therefore extremely interested to learn that Belmond (formerly Orient-Express) was planning to launch just such a train in August 2016, to join the ranks of theRoyal Scotsmanand the legendaryVenice Simplon-Orient-Express.

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