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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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Very interesting and informative

This was a scheduled stop on our bus tour. We were greeted warmly by the staff and given several very interesting demonstrations - making a tartan, "beating" wool, speaking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tracey B
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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived too late in the afternoon to actually see what the college had to offer. By the time we got there, only the gift shop was still open. The grounds of the college are impeccably groomed and the staff at the shop was very nice. They stock anything and everything gaelic, of course, as well as a wide selection... More 

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Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a scheduled stop on our bus tour. We were greeted warmly by the staff and given several very interesting demonstrations - making a tartan, "beating" wool, speaking Gaelic, fiddle playing and dance. They hold classes for children and adults on these topics and many more. A great way to learn about a very interesting culture.

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Thank Tracey B
Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just got back from From the Gaelic college for the family session and it was with out a doubt the best time I've had there yet. The offered many subjects all with great teachers teaching them.It's a great place to have fun with friends and all the staff is nice. Kitchen staff cooks amazing food, and will tend to... More 

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Thank Potato719
Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

That's so great to hear, Potato719. :) So glad you were here and enjoyed your time. Hope you learned lots and will now keep it up! See you again sometime soon we hope! More 

Yamba NSW Aust
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

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

Thanks so much for being here! Glad our paths crossed. Hope you'll be back again sometime! :) More 

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

Cheers to you! :) Great that you came by and during one of our fave times of year. Come back again! More 

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

Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to send a note our way! You picked up a good deal in that time it seems too! :) So happy to have ya - come again anytime! More 

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

Great to hear Elva111! :) Maybe we'll see you again during Celtic Colours 2016! More 

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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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Thank Queita W
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank 1Ofmyhands
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 

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