Ireland this Summer, we thought wed pick out our favourite English, Scottish and Irish trips. Belmond British Pullman, Cornwall Weekend featuring Padstow The quintessential British experience. Here you can sit in your vintage carriage, lovingly restored to its art deco glory, and sip Champagne from crystal glasses while smartly-dressed stewards answer to your beck and call. Youre spoilt for choice in destinations toothe British Pullman carries its guests everywhere from top racing events to splendid cities like Bath, Cambridge and Canterbury, gliding through some of the countrys most beguiling landscapes on the way. But our favourite has to be the Cornwall Weekends that pit-stop at Rick Steins renowned The Seafood Restaurant. An excellent epicurean pilgrimage for any gastronome and youll have the pretty quayside to walk off your gourmet indulgences after. Belmond Royal Scotsman, The Highland Journey Some have described the Royal Scotsman as a five-star Scottish country house on wheels, and its easy to see where theyre coming from. Cabins clad head-to-toe in rich wood panelling and an Observations Car kitted out with inviting sofas in heritage tartan and tweed give the whole train a more homely feel. Just 36 passengers have the pleasure of enjoying the ride which curves you through the heart of Scotlands wild highlands cruising past striking castles, iconic lochs and quaint villages and glens. Our pick is the 2-night Highland Journey which includes a sojourn at the Strathisla Distillery, home to one of Scotland’s most famous whiskies. And not to worry if youre a light sleeperthe train considerately stops in a siding at night to make sure to get your forty winks. Belmond Grand Hibernian, Legends and Loughs Dramatic coastlines, brooding countryside and historic cities have made Ireland top of many bucket lists for 2016 and this August a new Belmond train will mean that you can explore the Emerald Isles best bits in superbly opulent style. The first luxury train service in Ireland, theres just six months left until the Belmond Grand Hibernian train leaves the platform at Dublin and its first passengers are no doubt looking forward to the Legends and Loughs route where lunch is paired with Guinness and oysters and theres a drop-off at Ashford Castle for a spot of clay pigeon shooting, falconry and archery. Live music nights in the saloon-style Observation Car usually provide the evening entertainment until you choose to retire in the new stylish en-suite cabins. Nicole Harley is Editor at The Epicurean. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.Theres something so romantic about a grand train journey. It harks back to a bygone era before the fast pace of modern life took hold and when travel was just as much about the getting there as the destination. But this golden age of gentlemanly luxury is alive and well within the Belmond collection. In fact, Belmond has almost become a byword for luxurious train travel. So, with the launch of the first Belmond train in
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