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Gaelic College

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Address: 51779 Cabot Trail Road, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: 902-295-3411
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Situated in the heart of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, the...

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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"A man in a kilt is a man and a half"

This is a conglomerate of (probably) all things Gaelic, with language courses, piping and fiddling and dancing as well as your full blown kilt making workshop and store. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Yamba NSW Aust
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Yamba NSW Aust
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a conglomerate of (probably) all things Gaelic, with language courses, piping and fiddling and dancing as well as your full blown kilt making workshop and store. It was here that I was told that "A man in a kilt is a man and a half" and was pressured mightilly to have a kilt hand made in one of... More 

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Niagara Falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Visited the Gaelic College as part of the Celtic Colours festival. The great hall Is a fantastic place to review gaelic history! The gift shop is very unique and offers all things gaelic! It is right at one end of the Cabot Trail so you can tie it in while doing the trail. Must see!

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Gaelic College in St. Ann’s is a Scottish Gaelic school that operates just in summer. Kilt making. Bag piping. Step dancing. And many other classes designed to help revitalize the Cape Breton culture. The culture is especially strong here because of the island’s isolation. For hundreds of year, there wasn’t even a bridge to the mainland. The visit began with... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We went to the shop three times. The ladies were most helpful in pointing us to various products. They also showed us where to go to catch a noon show of the Celtic Colours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We went here 3 nights for the after hours Festival during Celtic Colours. We loved it. We saw the same musicians in their concert settings, but they really kick it up a notch for this setting.

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

So glad you could visit our campus during Celtic Colours! We're always proud to play host to the amazing Celtic Colours Festival - one of our favourite times of year! Come back again soon! More 

Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Went here for a concert event (Festival Club) and to shop in the gift shop. THe gift shop is lovely with tasteful displays of their merchandise. However, we were a bit disappointed with the limited selection of cds that featured the artists of Celtic Colours.

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

Hi there! Thanks for your review! Our Shop focuses primarily on a local music selection, allowing the Festival and their volunteers to supply that of the visiting artists. I'll be sure to pass along your message to our Shop manager. :) Thanks again! More 

Trenton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Even if you aren't a celt, it is worth the visit. And, if you are a celt, you will be pleased with what you find. I don't think I've ever seen so many clan tartans, nor such beautiful jewellery and products.

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

Hi there Gail C, thanks so much for your note! So glad you came by and enjoyed your time here. Door is always open! :) More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Be sure to read their schedule and try to connect with the Ceilidhs (musical performances with traditional instruments) they have at lunch and in the evening. They also have craft demonstrations and an interesting somewhat interactive museum (an extensive series of displays outside a large hall). Try to eat lunch there, it's fun to spend time with the high spirited... More 

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

Thanks so much, Bridie! We're thrilled you came by our campus and spent a little time with us. Means a great deal to hear your positive review. Thanks for helping spread the word! More 

London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

The college is a great place to visit to learn about the Celtic and Gaelic history of this region. We attended two "lectures" - one of how kilts are made and another on how the cloth is made on a loom. We also had a great lunch in the dining hall.

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

Thanks so much for your review, and for spending some of your day with us. We love visitors! Come by again sometime! :) More 

Somerville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The Wednesday night Gaelic music show is fantastic. And for $10 it is a steal. This place is at Saint Anns, only 10 min drive from Baddeck. If you stay nearby, definitely go to the Wednesday night show. Check their website for the schedule.

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Thank Huhu2013
Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

So great to hear! Thanks for coming to our ceilidh and taking the time to let us know you enjoyed it! :) More 

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