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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Youth session 3 has begun! Our live-in students arrived this eve and are already busy reuniting, meeting new roomies, and getting ready for the big week ahead. So much to look forward to - we can’t wait! Abair spòrs an seo! ...

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And just like that, youth session 2 is in the books! What a delightful week we had, with such a kind and keen group. Thanks to the entire crew that made it happen, including the many parents that say yes to this commitment. Keep up the great work all! ...

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Lunchtime sure is lively when you have instructors Drea Shepherd, Matt MacIsaac, and Mac Morin on stage! #learnwithus ...

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The crew were drivin’er on some Mull River Shuffle and square sets at the bon fire last night, no doubt feeling pretty inspired by a stellar instructors’ ceilidh! Couldn’t ask for a better week!! ...

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On today’s lunch menu - tomato or potato soup, grilled cheese, with a side of strathspeys from Glenn and Mac! ...

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Youth session 2
is off to the races!

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It’s amazing all you can cram into one week, and this is just scratching the surface. A fond look back on youth session 1. ...

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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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