If your budget doesn't allow you to travel to Scotland, I would suggest a trip to this wee bit of Scotland in Iona, Nova Scotia. We were fortunate to be there on a lovely, sunny day, and the views were glorious! Such a peaceful place. A wonderful escape from the city. Set in the beautiful,highlands of Cape Breton you feel like you have flown across the sea. The people who work there are all in character, and you can follow the history of the Scots from their homeland to modern times. From the thatched hut to a 1950"s home, you will experience Scottish hospitality. It was great fun listening to the fiddles and singing of traditional music. Looking through old Sears catalogues at the general store, and watching them spin flax and weave material. All the traditions of their native land. All this and more in one of the most beautiful settings you can imagine. I now know why Alexander Graham Bell said: "I have seen the Hightlands of Scotland, the Alps and the Rockie Mountains, but have chosen Cape Breton for it's beauty" That is a rough translation, but I feel the same way. He had travelled the world, as I have, and chose to live in Cape Breton. I can't wait to retire to Nova Scotia.
Gail, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit to Highland Village. Our staff is working hard to present a great experience to our visitors using their characters and stories of our Gaelic ancestors. The Gaels who settled Cape Breton, used to the views from their homeland, often placed their houses high on hills giving great views of the waters inland and around the coast. We like to show that even though the houses and way of life changed, our culture remains rooted in the Gaelic language through our music, songs and stories. Thanks so much for coming to see us and for the kind words. Maybe we will see you again.