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The Gaelic College, Cape Breton Island

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  • Visited here as both myself and friend I was travelling with had Scottish ancestors, but these had opted to migrate Australia instead of Canada. Whilst it was informative, I really didn't learn anythi...  more »
  • Go here to see the exhibits and hear the lectures and Gaelic music. The food is cafeteria style for the students attending the classes - not for tourists eager to try the local lobster, cod and haddoc...  more »
  • I stopped by this beautiful college and campus recently on my way through St. Ann's CB. Being a Saturday, some of the exhibits were closed but I had the chance to browse through their well-stocked gif...  more »
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  • We visited the college last summer for the Family Week. Fabulous experience. Musically, they met the many levels of learning that we needed. The teachers were friendly, flexible, professional and very talented. As a professional musician myself, I learned a lot. My husband is an amateur musician and his needs were met. My daughter is a 15 year old semi-professional musician who found it not only met the musical requirements, but that she made good friends at the same time. We will go back.
  • 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.

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