Take a step back in time and discover Scottish history in Cape Breton
Step back in time! Journey to the late 1700s when the first Scottish settlers came to their new land "New Scotland" - Nova Scotia. Experience the Highland Village, where animators portray life of the Scots who settled here. The village is a true replica circa 1700 with a working Forge and historic Church. Lots to experience and plenty of picture opportunities.
Following along some of the same trails that our Scottish forefathers traveled as they settled in Nova Scotia. Cape Breton is embedded in rich Scottish history from the 1700's to present day, that you will see the Gaelic language in full use during our journey. Thereafter, we will travel to St. Ann's Bay and visit the only Gaelic College in North America before finishing our tour along the World Famous Cabot Trail.
Begin our day in the city of Sydney. We will travel the rural highways along the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake.
Our first stop will be at The Highland Village museum. This is a living history museum and cultural centre that celebrates the Gaelic experience in Nova Scotia. On a 43 acre hillside overlooking the Bras d'Or Lake, Nova Scotia's rich Scottish Gaelic culture comes alive with costumed staff, farm animals and period buildings & artifacts.
Next we will travel west through a First Nations community before arriving in St. Ann's Bay at the only Gaelic College in North America. After a short visit, we will continue to explore the St. Ann's Bay area before travelling across to Englishtown home of Giant MacAskill or Black Angus (1825 - August 8, 1863). From here we will be at the base of Kelly's Mountain and on our way back to the city of Sydney along the Trans-Canada Highway
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Cruise passengers: Port of Sydney.
For ships docked at the berth, I will meet you as you exit the security check point.
For ships anchored in our harbour: I will meet you as you exit the tender and pass through the security check point.
Hotel guests: Pick up to be made at the front lobby of your hotel.
All others: Please contact for pick up arrangements.
End location: Cruise passengers: Joan Harris Cruise Pavillion where you can relax, visit the local craft fair, shops, or catch up on emails with the free WiFi.
Hotel guests: Return to front lobby of your hotel.
All others: Drop off arrangements can be made prior to pick up.
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
7 passenger 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan. Clean, non-smoking, air-conditioned.
My time and service as your private tour guide. Transportation in a clean and safe 7 passenger vehicle - lots of unobstructed windows for your viewing pleasure; and, bottled water and light snacks provided as per guest request.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
11 CAD - Adult entry fee to the Highland Village Museum in Iona. Please refer below for a full list of admission fees:
Senior (65+) $9.00
Child (6-17) $5.00
Child (5 & under) Free
Family (max 2 adults) $25.00
*Includes HST. General admission rates do not apply to special events and programming unless otherwise stated. Rates are subject to change.
Admission to the Highland Village Museum and Lunch (optional)
I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.