Colaisde na Gàidhlig is first and foremost an educational non-profit institution, offering year-round programming in the culture, music, language, crafts, customs, and traditions of the immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland. The only institution of its kind in North America, students of all ages and skill levels visit the College every year to study under some of the finest instructors in Nova Scotia Gaelic culture.

Focus on cultural appreciation

We believe investing time in cultural appreciation at a young age positively affects a person for the rest of their life. Check out our programming specially designed for kids.

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Learn something new

We are first and foremost a continuing education institution with hopefully something to offer everyone, regardless of age or expertise. Join in on an upcoming adult session.

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Learn right at home

Don't let location stop you - wherever you are in the world, you can try something new or continue your learning. Click over to view what we now offer online.

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Plan a visit to the Hall of the Clans Museum

Plan a visit to the Hall of the Clans Museum

Built at the site of landed Scottish immigrants, St. Ann's and Cape Breton boast a fascinating history and heritage. Learn of the local story in a self-guided museum tour, get a chance to view Gaelic films, and take part in interactive cultural demonstrations. (seasonal)

Let us make a kilt just for you

Let us make a kilt just for you

For decades, the College has offered traditional, hand-stitched kilt-making and custom-tartan clothing through our Craft Shop, creating treasured heirlooms to pass along from generation to generation. Visit our campus to learn more and begin your own creation process.

Help support the effort

Help support the effort

Since 1938, the College has always remained an independent and largely independently-funded, non-profit organization with a simple mission to preserve the language and traditions that came to this area. With your support, we can continue on this path and help to ensure that those traditions live on.

Think of us when planning your next event

Think of us when planning your next event

Secluded and tucked away yet central on the island, Colaisde na Gàidhlig is a great meeting place for you and your guests. Open all year, and with oodles of options to choose from, think of us when planning your big day.

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More lunchtime ceilidh magic to share, this time from instructor Angus MacKenzie and his musical offspring Màili, Calum, and MairidhAnne, joined also by Malcolm MacNeil! What a joy having you all over from Portree! ...

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What a week we had in St. Ann’s! A capacity crowd filled our classrooms and hearts to the brim! All made possible with passionate, wonderful instructors, attentive and loving house parents, dandy kitchen, maintenance, and housekeeping staff, our awesome summer crew, and a crew of kids that blew us all away. Cùm suas an dòigh Gàidhealach! Keep the Gaelic tradition alive. We’re proud of you. ...

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The perfect, misty night for our first ghost walk of the summer! ...

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A first figure can only lead to two more! ...

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Day 4! Lunchtime! Putting our new steps to good use. ...

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Whew!! Can’t believe we’re already done a second full day of class! Learning so much and getting to know the whole crowd here. Gotta take advantage of these beautiful summer days - slip and slide it is!

Plans for later include baked ham for supper, a jam session, karaoke, and maybe a game of mantracker at dusk. We’re doing great Mom and Dad!

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And just like that, our first youth session has taken flight! A full and fun week ahead with these amazing wee keeners that are good and excited and maybe a little nervous for it all. ☺️ Wish us luck! #learnwithus ...

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What a fantastic lunchtime ceilidh here today!! Members of @daimhmusic with the sweet addition of Angus’ kids Maili and Calum! #kitchenfest ...

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It’s such a beautiful day in St. Ann’s!! If only tomorrow was looking as good. Luckily, we’ve got Ceilidh Tent Rentals getting us in good shape for the Big Bash now just a day away! Best to dress for the weather tomorrow, but keep those plans for St. Ann’s! The music will be unreal, you won’t want to miss it! It kicks off at 3, gates open at 2, and we aim to go til 10!! Tickets can be purchased at the gate still so bring a crew and we’ll meet ya on the hill! #kitchenfest #bigbash ...

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Don’t miss the magical music and marvelous meals coming up this KitchenFest / Féis a’ Chidsin! If you’d like to save your seat, call the Shop - 902-295-3411. Tickets are $20 for the meal and music, and will run just til July 5. We break for the following weeks of youth camp, then back open to the public on July 29. Hope to see ya! #kitchenfest! ...

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We are off and running here in St. Ann’s for KitchenFest! year 11! Doug, Sarah, and Malcolm are giving such lift to our lunch here! We’ve got our pub later from 4-6pm with Howie, Buddy, and Beverly, then we’re back with more lunchtime ceilidhs on Tuesday with members of @daimhmusic! Don’t miss a minute! #kitchenfest ...

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Full tilt week coming right up! Be it a demo, ceilidh, play, pub, supper, or Big Bash, we hope you make plans for St. Ann’s! #kitchenfest ...

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