Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village is an outdoor living history museum that tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. We are located on a stunning 43-acre property overlooking the majestic Bras d’Or Lake in Iona, Nova Scotia, the heart of central Cape Breton. Our 11 historic buildings are staffed by costumed animators who are passionate about sharing the Gaelic culture of our ancestors. We also host special events and programs throughout the year.
You can experience the Highland Village daily from June 1 – October 18.
What You Will Find Nova Scotia’s incredible Scottish Gaelic culture comes alive on our stunning 43-acre property with costumed staff in full historic dress, an array of farm animals and much more. Our costumed animators will help you experience the history of settlement and the unique Gaelic culture of Nova Scotia. Our Highland Village Photo Gallery and the Tour the Village section will give you a taste of what you can experience during your visit. Take a tour up the hill and walk through period buildings with historic design, filled with related artifacts. Sit and enjoy a breath-taking view while listening to the annual Highland Village Day concert featuring premium traditional Cape Breton Gaelic music, song and dance.
Gaelic Gaelic scholars and enthusiasts will appreciate our commitment to research, and promotion of the Gaelic language, culture and history. We offer programs and events throughout the year designed to bring together Gaelic scholars and learners.
Gift Shop Be sure to visit the gift shop where you can find the finest selection of Cape Breton, Gaelic and East Coast music, Gaelic resources, Highland Village souvenirs, clothing, giftware and local crafts.
Roots & Music Our Roots Cape Breton Genealogy & Family History Centre is a fabulous resource for those looking into their own Cape Breton connections. We also are fortunate to have the MacLean Collection of Scottish Music here at the Highland Village. This major collection contains many early books of Scottish music and hand noted music of some of our best fiddlers.