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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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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Sharing a sweet post from Celtic Colours International Festival Volunteer Drive’ers Association members Blair and Gerardette Brown after a special meet up just last night. ☺️

“What a fabulous evening at the Cape Breton Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony!! Blair and I caught up with Stuart Cameron and his mom Angela Cameron to give them an update on the John Allan Cameron Bursary. Stuart and Angela gave the Festival Volunteer Drivers Association permission to name a bursary in honour of John Allan Cameron. The bursary is available at the Gaelic College for their Summer Youth Sessions. Over $53,000.00 has been donated by the Association since it’s inception in 2006 and over 97 student benefited. Our only fundraising is held during the Celtic Colours International Festival through the sale of artists CD’s merchandise, Celtic Colours live CD’s and a 50/50 draw at the Festival Club. When you purchase your music from the Drivers, you are supporting our youth studying the Celtic arts.”

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The Big Bash is just over a week away, and we can not wait!! Thanks to our partners at Cape Breton University, they are making this amazing free shuttle an option if staying nearby. Check it out!

🚐 Look for vehicles with Big Bash signage on the windows indicating event.

🚐 Vehicles will be stationed at:
Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay, Auberge Giseles Inn, downtown Baddeck and Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College

🚐 Vehicles will be transporting event patrons between Baddeck and Gaelic College commencing at 1:00pm.

🚐 Vehicles will be transporting to/from Baddeck/Gaelic College every 20 minutes.

🚐 Vehicles will be available on-call to service Trailsman Motel, KOA Campgrounds and other establishments in between these locations.

🚐 Patrons can call 902-574-5468 for specific pickup/drop-off at non-Baddeck locations.

🚐 All 5 vehicles will available at Gaelic College at the end of concert and every 20 minutes thereafter until 11:45pm to transport patrons back to original pickup locations.

Get your tickets, get your reservations, and make plans for St. Ann’s and the Big Bash!!

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📣 Call for Applications for Na Gaisgich Òga 2024 – 2025 📣

Na Gaisgich Òga | The Young Heroes is a Gaelic mentorship program for youth, run by Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College, in partnership with Iomairtean na Gàidhlig | Gaelic Affairs of Nova Scotia. Applicants should be between 10 and 16 years old, show a keen interest in Gaelic language and culture, and be a resident of Nova Scotia. Prior knowledge of Gaelic is an asset but not a requirement. The program gives students the opportunity to improve their language skills, participate in Gaelic culture (song, storytelling, music, dance, food traditions, and more), meet local native Gaelic speakers, and develop a deeper connection with the Gaelic community in Nova Scotia. Graduates of Na Gaisgich Òga are eligible for a Grade 10 Leadership Credit.

Full details, schedule, and registration form found on our website.

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Our Great Hall of the Clans museum opens for another season today! Our home to history, cultural demonstrations, events, and more is back in biz, open 9:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday right up to Celtic Colours. Our cultural demonstrations will be an added part of the experience starting June 28 as we kick off KitchenFest / Féis a’ Chidsin week. We’re hoping to see you here in St. Ann’s this summer! ...

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Mìle taing dhan a h-uile duine a bha còmhla rinn airson Gàidhlig as t-Earrach! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Spring Gaelic Weekend! We were fortunate to have such an amazing group of instructors, guests, and students. Many Gaelic songs and stories were shared over the course of the weekend and even some tunes and steps!

Our Halloween Gaelic Weekend schedule for October 25 – 27, and registration opens at the end of August.

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Our annual general meeting takes place tomorrow, June 12 at 6pm. All are welcome.
And feel free to stick around for our ceilidh that follows at 7:30pm.

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