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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 ability travel from around the world to study Scottish traditional disciplines including Gaelic language and song, music, dance and craft.
The Gaelic College is located in the beautiful village of St. Ann's and boasts gorgeous grounds, scenery and newly renovated residences. The College also offers visitors a chance to learn some history of the Gaelic settlers to this area. Visitors can also enjoy an evening ceilidh or a traditional milling frolic.
Summer in Cape Breton is a time for rediscovery, gatherings of family and friends, late nights at packed square dances, and never-ending chances to set toes tapping in the local music scene! This summer, a brand new, Cape Breton Island-wide music festival is making its debut, celebrating just that! Between June 29 and July 5, the season will kick off with a bang! Set to be an annual celebration of Cape Breton-based traditional music and Gaelic culture, KitchenFest! brings the kitchen ceilidh to the forefront, welcoming one and all to sample some of the best music, food, and hospitality Cape Breton has to offer!
Inspired by the fun and festivities had during its 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2013, Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College in St. Ann’s is partnering with a variety of establishments across the Island to play host to over 80 different shows and events, all featuring the music, culture, and language of the Gael.gaeliccollege.edu/kitchenfest/
How to get there
From the Canso Causeway, take the Trans Canada Highway (#105) to St. Ann's and turn left onto the Cabot Trail (approximately 105 km from the Canso Causeway or 59 km from Sydney).