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The Gaelic College, Cape Breton Island

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  • Not originally on our radar we learned of the Gaelic College through our B&B and it turned out to be one the best things we did in our 10 days on CBI. This place is all things Scottish-a small cultura...  more »
  • We visited the college because it was pouring rain and are glad we did! We saw several demonstrations on Celtic heritage. If you have a chance and find Gaelic culture interesting, l recommend a stop. 
  • Highly recommend stopping in at the Gaelic College on your travels thru Cape Breton. Elected to view a number of demonstrations and stay for the lunchtime ceilidh. In a word, amazing!!! Thoroughly enj...  more »
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  • Great Hall of the Clans Museum consist of almost entirely text exhibits, without anything that you could not read online. What is special is the demonstrations, which follow one-after-the-other (and apparently are given only once or maybe twice per day) so phone ahead to find out when the first one starts, and be there when it starts The "lunchtime ceilidhs" consist of a school cafeteria style meal (we had spaghetti [not particularly Scottish]--no other choices, and performances of fiddle and bagpipe music. Warning: The lunch is NOT anytime between the posted hours---if you arrive late, you'll all or most of the performances. The gift shop is worth a visit.
  • The Gaelic College should be your first visitor experience when coming to the island It gives a great overview of the culture with the many hands on workshops to attend. The sessions were long enough to learn well, but not too long to feel overwhelmed with information. Lots of informed staff to answer all our questions. Visiting here first helped us to decide what other things we wanted to see and do while visiting Cape Breton Island! Do not miss this great experience!!
  • Really neat and unexpected stop on our Cabot Trail journey. We found our families tartans and found really unique items in the shop. There was an excellent bag piper out front who did a great job of performing!
  • A very enjoyable can be had here by arriving around 10:30 a.m. to attend the Kilt Wearing Demonstration, followed by a lesson in Gaelic, a step dancing and fiddling demonstration, and then the lunch-time ceilidh which for $15 includes a good cafeteria meal and great entertainment. Check their schedule for possible staff ceilidhs in the evenings.
  • This is a unique institution, offering both instruction & (seasonally) entertainment. Unfortunately, Google Earth has misplaced it - it is located on Cape Breton Island, but at 46 12' 42.41" N, 60 36' 20.69" W; further north & somewhat west of where Google Earth shows it; about 1&1/2 to 2 hours away.