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Highland Village Museum/Baile nan Gàidheal

4119 Highway 223


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  • Experience Gaelic culture as it was hundreds of years ago (c. 1830 to 1900).
  • Watch costumed animators demonstrate traditional skills, such as weaving, quilting, and rug hooking.
  • See farmhouses, a church, and a general store reflective of the time period.
  • Encounter our Clydesdale horse, Mira Jean. We won’t have sheep or highland cows this year.
  • Check our website for other changes due to COVID-19.
  • Overview

    Discover North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture when you visit Highland Village Museum | Baile nan Gàidheal. Our breathtaking 43-acre site features one of the most unbelievable views of the Bras d’Or Lake, eleven historic buildings, including three frame houses (c1830-1900), a store, a carding mill, a church and a forge.

    Take part in a traditional céilidh, hear Gaelic singing, learn to speak Gaelic phrases, and become captivated by the spirit of the pioneering Scottish Gaels. Gaze in wonder as first-person costumed animators demonstrate traditional skills such as weaving, quilting and rug hooking. Explore the beautiful rural setting that features a Hebridean style blackhouse, a 19th-century wooden church, period farmhouses, and rare farm animals such as Soay sheep and Highland cattle. 

    Admission is free for 2021! Parking is available on site and bus tours are welcome. Visit the village’s gift shop for a wide selection of souvenirs, unique gifts and Celtic music, or consult the site’s genealogical service, Roots Cape Breton.

    Pre-booking is recommended (see our website)

    COVID-19 Public Health measures are in place.

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