The Gaelic College, Cape Breton Island

The Gaelic College is located in Cape Breton Island. Before you head to Englishtown, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Englishtown route builder app , to make sure you see all that Englishtown has to offer, including The Gaelic College.
Create an itinerary including The Gaelic College

(Englishtown is the nearest city to The Gaelic College)

map
The Gaelic College Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
75 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • This place is huge. We first saw a short movie. The story started when the Scottish were thrown out of their lands in Scotland. Many took a boat to Cape Breton. One of them was well revered by all the...  more »
  • This is a true landmark . We loved hearing the bagpipes and listening to the wonderful demonstrations. Beautiful area as well.  more »
  • A brief stop along the cabot trail and we have the structure of the college is this lovely and well taken care of. We visited the store and found it to be in. ... Scotland
    View original
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Cape Breton Island

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Englishtown

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Cape Breton Island by other users

15 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia & Toronto BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Canada BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM CANADA June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Nova Scotia SEE PLAN June, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Nova Scotia BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans