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Locals Know - Ceilidh Trail

Our locals know best, from the top ten experiences on each of ourmagnificent trails and truly unforgettable hidden gems, just waiting to be discovered.

Ceilidh Trail - Top Attractions

  1. Celtic Shores Coastal Trail

    Great for off-road cycling or long distance trekking, this 92-km (57 mile) multi-use trail stretches from Port Hastings to the town of Inverness.
  2. Celtic Music Interpretive Centre

    Nova Scotia's official Celtic music centre offers an in-depth look into the history, culture, and music on Cape Breton Island.
  3. Beaches

    Take a dip in the warm, salty waters of the Gulf, beachcomb, and enjoy a front row seat to one of the most picturesque sunsets you've ever laid your eyes on. Port Hood Beach, Inverness Beach, West Mabou Beach, and Chimney Corner Beach.
  4. Cape Mabou Highlands

    With its incredibly lush forests and thrilling views, the Mabou Highlands hiking trails are recommended for intermediate to advanced hikers.
  5. Red Shoe Pub

    Owned by the internationally renowned Rankin family of Mabou, the Red Shoe Pub will quickly become your "home away from home". Get ready for a toe-tapping good time.
  6. Mabou Farmers' Market

    An eclectic collection of local food growers, producers, artisans, crafters, and musicians who offer their wares every Sunday, June � mid October.
  7. Glenora Inn & Distillery

    Don't miss out on a tour (and sample!) at North America's 1st Single Malt Whisky Distillery.
  8. Cabot Cliffs & Cabot Links

    Take your pick! Cabot Links, named #1 on Canadian Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses in Canada" (2015), or Cabot Cliffs, named #19 in the World's 100 Greatest Golf Courses (Golf Digest, 2016). But we won't really make you choose...
  9. Boardwalks and Wharfs (Region wide)

    What better way to unwind after a long day of exploring than a leisurely stroll along one of the Ceilidh Trail's community boardwalks and wharfs?
  10. Traditional dances and ceilidhs (pronounced kay-lees) (Region wide)

    Join us this summer at any of our square dances for a truly authentic celebration! Whether in Brook Village, Glencoe, West Mabou, or Southwest Margaree, our culture and passion can light up an old stage (or barn for that matter!)

Hidden Gems

  1. Gillis Lobster Tours & Charter

    Spend your morning or afternoon with local fisherman, Danny Gillis; an experienced seaman who will delight you with stories of our land and sea.
  2. Historic Walking Tour of Port Hood Island

    Smell the salt air and feel the breeze on your face as you discover pristine Port Hood Island.
  3. Port Hood

    Learn all about the history and heritage of the once bustling fishing and coal mine town of Port Hood at the Chestico Musuem. After your time at the museum, be sure to discover Port Hood Island, a quiet, yet well-developed island of seasonal homes.
  4. Chimney Swift

    Sightings Bird watchers and nature lovers alike will delight in this unique opportunity to view an endangered species of bird feeding and fluttering about.
  1. Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine

    Nourish your spirit in the peace and serenity of this beautiful, reflective pause from your everyday life.
  2. Inverness Beach

    Marvel at your sea glass discoveries as you saunter along picturesque Inverness Beach.
  3. Inverness Raceway

    For well over 85 years, residents and visitors alike have delighted in the time-honored tradition of harness racing at the Inverness Raceway.
  4. Art is in the Air (Region wide)

    Whether it be at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, or at one of our many artisan galleries and studios (Ann Schroeder, Doug Fraser, Darryl MacLeod to name a few), art is very much a way of life along the Ceilidh Trail.
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