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Address: 51779 Cabot Trail Road, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 902-295-3411
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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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An Absolute Highlight of our CBI Visit - Don't Miss It

Not originally on our radar we learned of the Gaelic College through our B&B and it turned out to be one the best things we did in our 10 days on CBI. This place is all things... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 21, 2016
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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

Not originally on our radar we learned of the Gaelic College through our B&B and it turned out to be one the best things we did in our 10 days on CBI. This place is all things Scottish-a small cultural gem. While it is a "college" it also has a small museum devoted to Scottish history on CBI--interesting, but best... More 

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

Wow, so lovely to read your note - we really appreciate you taking the time, and are so glad our paths crossed. We hope your next visit isn't far away. :) Thanks again! More 

West Bend, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We visited the college because it was pouring rain and are glad we did! We saw several demonstrations on Celtic heritage. If you have a chance and find Gaelic culture interesting, l recommend a stop.

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Thank Pamela670
Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Hi there Pamela! Thanks so much for letting us know of your time here. And thanks for that recommendation! More 

Barrie, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Highly recommend stopping in at the Gaelic College on your travels thru Cape Breton. Elected to view a number of demonstrations and stay for the lunchtime ceilidh. In a word, amazing!!! Thoroughly enjoyed the session and the experience. Take the time to browse through the gift shop...a few hidden gems can be found, Ample parking available, along with an overflow... More 

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Thank sandra98walter
Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Thanks so much for that great review! Glad you could stay for our demos and ceilidh too. :) We'll do it all again next summer so hope you can come back again! More 

Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Nice smaller museum of Gaelic history, and the interpreters/presenters were very informative and the music was fantastic

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Thank OntarioFoodie1974
Margie B, Public Relations Manager at Gaelic College, responded to this review

Hi there - thanks for the great review! So nice to hear you enjoy the culture and music of this area. We really appreciate taking the time to let us know! :) More 

Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

What a welcoming place! We went to a few talks here, one on kilt making, one on the Gaelic language and how women used to sing and set the dye in wool. We also had a fiddle and step dancing demonstration. Then we raced over to buy our tickets for lunch and enjoy the lunchtime ceilidh. Definitely plan to stay... More 

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

Woohoo, thanks so much for coming by our campus and writing this review! We so love hearing from visitors. :) Glad you could spend some time with us - hopefully you'll be back again someday soon! More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Never knew such a place exists, but it offers the unique opportunity for individuals, families and groups to study Gaelic language and culture for a week while staying in a dorm on campus. For the tourist, it provides an Interesting stop en route to the Cabot Trail. Its unique gift shop is worth visiting.

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

Thanks for visiting and writing in to us! :) Come back for some of our classes sometime! We'd love to have ya here again. More 

Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

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

Hi there Stacey H, thanks so much for spending some time with us and writing a review! Hope you found something nice in our shop just for you. :) More 

Eagleville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

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

So glad to hear you enjoyed your time here! Come back sometime again! :) Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice note! More 

Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

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 bubbles 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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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 

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