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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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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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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It’s hard to believe, but year 11 of KitchenFest! Féis a’ Chidsin! is now just around the corner, taking place from June 28 to July 6, 2024. We invite you to be part of the excitement! This annual event offers both locals and visitors an immersive experience into the rich and vibrant Gaelic culture of the island, bringing the warmth of the kitchen-céilidh atmosphere to life. Enjoy concerts, céilidhs, pub nights, and square dances while revelling in the breathtaking scenery, music, cuisine, and hospitality of beautiful Unama’ki/Cape Breton. Join us for the ultimate summer kickoff—a huge island-wide celebration that feels like one big kitchen party!

Full schedule is now available at

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Cheumnaich Na Gaisgich Òga an-dé agus abair gu e là eireachdail a bh’ ann! Congratulations to Na Gaisgich Òga/The Young Heroes who graduated yesterday from our 11th run of the program. Cùmaibh romhaibh! Keep up the good work! We would like to thank our students, instructors, mentors, parents, chaperones, and Gaelic Affairs for all of your support with this year’s program.

Oifis Iomairtean na Gàidhlig / Office of Gaelic Affairs

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Chaill sinn fìor dheagh charaid an t-seachdain seo, Mìcheal Eòin Chaluim Sheumais Mhóir à Baile Sheumais. Bha Migi riamh cho coibhneil do luchd-ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig, an-còmhnaidh a’ toirt taic agus brosnachadh do dhuine sam bith. Bidh sinn uile ga ionndrainn gu mór.

We lost a really good friend this week, Mickey John H. MacNeil from Jamesville. Mickey was always so kind to Gaelic learners, always willing to give his support and encouragement. We will miss him dearly.

Dia bhi math dha.

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Each year, the College is proud to award many generous bursaries to grateful summer-school youth. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all donors for their years of giving and wonderful support for the arts.

Check our website to learn more and apply! The deadline for application is May 15.

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Gaelic College, St. Ann’s, 1940.
Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University

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The Big Bash! Ya can’t miss it! 😎

Set against the stunning backdrop of St. Ann’s Bay, Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College’s outdoor stage will come alive with some of the best in local music during this spectacular event. Happening Sunday, June 30 and running from 3 pm to 10 pm, rain or shine, this licensed affair (for ages 19 and above) promises a lineup of six stellar headline acts to keep you entertained all day long.

Have a question about the event? Check our page for the FAQ section, then click the link and book a ticket or 12. 😀
#kitchenfest #thebigbash

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A bheil sibh a’ sireadh cothrom gus Gàidhlig a bhruidhinn agus na sgilean cànan agaibh a leasachadh? Thigibh dhan cheann-seachdain, Gàidhlig as t-Earrach, far am bi clasaichean ann airson gach ìre [Luchd-tòiseachdaidh, Eadar-mheadhonach, agus Clas nam Fileantach], agus far am bi naidheachdan, òrain, ceòl, danns’, agus capadaich gu leòr ann. Freagarrach airson inbhich. (19+)

Ruigsinn: 6:30 f Dihaoine (no 8:30 m Disathuirne)

Fàgail: 3:00 f DiDòmhnaich

Are you looking for an opportunity to speak Gaelic and improve on your language skills? Come to our Spring Gaelic Immersion Weekend, Gàidhlig as t-Earrach, where there will be classes offered for every level [Beginner Class, Intermediate Class, and Fluent Speakers Class], and where we will be engaging in Gaelic stories, songs, music, dance, and plenty of Gaelic conversation. This weekend is suitable for adults. (19+)

Arrival: 6:30pm Friday (or 8:30am Saturday)

Departure: 3:00pm Sunday

Deadline: May 30th, 2024

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Happy national tartan day! Here is our very own Gaelic College tartan designed by our former resident weaver and instructor Marie MacDonald in 1997. 😀

What tartan do you love the most? Share with us in the comments!

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Step into an immersive Gaelic journey at Colaisde na Gàidhlig this May. Whether you’re a total beginner or seeking to enhance your introductory skills, our welcoming two-week program will launch your Gaelic learning by hearing and speaking the language every day. Engage in 28 hours of classroom instruction, explore Gaelic history on two exciting Cape Breton excursions, facilitated social activities, and enjoy two Wednesday Night Cèilidhs featuring local artists and traditional music. Your language learning journey starts here.

Our deadline to register is Friday, April 5.

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