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Gaelic College

Address: 51779 Cabot Trail Road, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 902-295-3411
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Owner description: Situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts was founded in 1938 as a school devoted to the study and preservation of the Gaelic language, arts and culture. Students of all ages and abilities from around the world take courses at our Cape Breton campus and online. Our world-class instructors offer programs in Scottish traditional disciplines including Gaelic language and song, music, dance & crafts.
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Denver
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Our tour stopped here for an immersion into Scottish traditions, kilt making, language and a fun show about step dancing and small bagpipe playing. A must stop when in the area.

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Hey there snowsigloo, thanks for your review! Glad we could be a part of your time in Cape Breton! :) More

Fairview, Texas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a teaching college for Scottish heritage and music. We saw several presentations here including music and dancing. Historical presentations are well done. Local Scottish influence in the area is documented. Worth a visit

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us, TXtraveler67_71! And thanks for coming by the College. Our doors are always open if you're ever up from Texas again! More

St Albert AB Canada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

One of my favourite places in Cape Breton. Wonderful displays. Enthusiastic interpreters. Take time to join in the activities - they are fun and informative. If possible attend a Ceilidh here - the artists playing get lost in their music and a re wonderful. the meal was a good deal for the price and the live music while dining was... More

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Wow, thanks Coll46! We so appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and such an enthusiastic one too! Come back anytime, our door is always open. :) More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

My husband, 1 year old and I visited the college today and took part in all the demonstrations and lunch time ceilidh. The staff are super friendly and knowledgable. My daughter loved the music! It was a highlight of our east coast trip.

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Woohoo! Thanks so much CourtneyAnneMartin - we're thrilled you stopped by the College. Maybe your daughter will come back as a student here someday! :) More

Norwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We visited 2 days after the previous reviewer and similarly we took part in all the demonstrations and the lunchtime ceilidh. On arrival at the college you are greeted by the bagpipes player who seems to be in the car park throughout the day. The staff in the Craft Shop were welcoming and introduced you to the College and the... More

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Kathj63! We really appreciate you not only visiting and spending time with us, but going above and beyond and telling of your experience. Come back and see us when you get the chance! :) More

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a wonderful, educational, & inspiring time at The Gaelic College today (21 July). The instructional sessions on how to wear a kilt, intro. to Gaelic language, traditional Gaelic violin & dance, & the lunchtime ceilidh were well organized for first-time visitors. The craft shop / gift store had just the right books I was looking for to read... More

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

So glad you made the time to come see us, Robert! Can't wait to have you back here next year. :) Thanks for the note! More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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297 reviews 297 reviews
77 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The Gaelic College stop came highly recommended in our guide books. Their gift shop was the best we visited during our entire tour of the Cabot Trail, and the prices, unlike those in certain arts and crafts shops elsehere on the Trail, were reasonable. A tremendous selection of music, outerwear, Irish hand-mades, and jewelry were available. The usual very friendly... More

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear you had a great experience here Jrjojo! Thanks for your review and maybe see you here again sometime! More

Sydney, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I was there this weekend as part of a group function and was extremely impressed with the facilities. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was wonderful. There were a variety of cultural activities offered. The scenery and location was beautiful. We had a wonderful experience there.

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Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Great to hear, Amber! Our doors are always open so come back again sometime! :) More

Fredericksburg, Texas
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314 reviews 314 reviews
79 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Loved the campus & learning about their classes & activities. Especially loved their luncheon ceilidh! Very talented performers on all kinds of Gaelic instruments.

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AnnaCMac, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

So glad you were able to join us for lunch, and you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again sometime. Tapadh leibh! More

Brampton, Ontario
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112 reviews 112 reviews
49 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This College was not on our list to do, but we decided at the last minute to go anyway. We were not sorry. You enter through the gift shop where you can purchase tickets for lunch time ceilidh. After looking around we made our way to the cafeteria. They have set lunches depending on which day you go. We were... More

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AnnaCMac, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Hi Campfiver! So glad you enjoyed our little campus. We hope you'll come back to visit again soon. -Anna More

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