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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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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As we near the end of another wonderful year of learning Gàidhlig in our online classroom, we look ahead to continuing that journey next fall.

Beinn Mhàbu (a campus of Colaisde na Gàidhlig) is pleased to present Gaelic Online – Fighte Fuaighte – a Scottish Gaelic language program dedicated to teaching its students to read, write, and speak the language. Its goal is to provide a fun and effective pathway to Gaelic fluency wherever you live. The program was established in 2004 and has been under the direction of Beinn Mhàbu/Colaisde na Gàidhlig since 2018.

And back for 2024 – Level 1 for University Credit with Cape Breton University! Read about it below.

The registration deadline for 2024-2025 is August 31.


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We’re full tilt into day 2 of March Break 2 - we don’t want it to end! What a great few days of learning from these total pros! Lucky us! Today’s phrase of the day - sin thu fhèin! Way to go! ...

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A quick tunnel of high fives to welcome in our first-timers last night, including some house parents too! ☺️We’re all off and away in class on day one of session 2. Fàilte oirbh uile. ...

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March Break 2, here we go! A little night lunch, a quick get-to-know-ya game, then off to bed to get ready for a full day ahead. Bring on the fun!! ...

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March Break session 1 is rounding third base now, already on day 3 and heading for home after class. What a total blast it’s been! There are too many highlights to share, but here’s just some of the fun we had at last night’s variety concert. ☺️ ...

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