Highland Village, Iona

Visit Highland Village, a living history museum spreading over 16 ha (40 ac) of property, which depicts the life of Gaelic settlers in Nova Scotia. Thousands of Scots settled into the area throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The village was established in 1959 and consists of 11 historic buildings. Visitors can find a blacksmith working in his forge, costumed animators demonstrating spinning weaving, and farmers working with traditional livestock. Plan your visit to Highland Village and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Iona trip planner .
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  • If it weren't for the hilltop panoramic setting, I'd give it a 3 star rating. So, so for these typical recreated villages. The walk can be problematic for some and the rest rooms are luckily down by t...  more »
  • What we thought would be a quick visit turned into a full afternoon as we journeyed through time and learned the history of the area, beginning in Scotland. The interpreters stayed in character and to...  more »
  • Heart this are the people who feature in the Highland Village of 'living history'. There are a number of homes to visit and you can learn many of the former inhabitants, about their working and living conditions.
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  • It's a must see for all who wish to experience period lifestyle of days gone by. Hotels nearby and a beautiful Beach nearby. With plenty of nearby attractions and beautiful scenery who might want to stay for a night or two.
  • Family had a great time. It wasn't busy when we went, and we were able to go at a leisurely pace. Friendly staff in character that spent nice time with my kids. They loved it.
  • Wonderful historical reenactors. This was the first time I heard Gaelic spoken. Their Heritage Day had a lovely concert. The smith was cool. You can also learn to start a fire using chart cloth.
  • Spent a good portion of the morning here it was a unexpected oh let's check that out experience. Awesome views. Authentic wardrobe and languages. Amazingly planned out and restored buildings walk through a time since forgotten. Will return again next time we are in the highlands.
  • A great place with lots of interesting exhibits.
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