Highland Village Museum/Baile nan Gàidheal

Months of Operation

June 1 - October 20

Hours Of Operation

10:00am–5:00pm daily; O/S (Visitor Centre only) Mon–Fri 9am–5pm.


4119 Highway 223, Iona, Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive


T: 902-725-2272

T: 866-442-3542

F: 902-725-2227

E: highlandvillage@novascotia.ca


We are North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture. Our breathtaking 43-acre site features one of the most unbelievable views of the Bras d'Or Lake, eleven historic buildings, including three frame houses (c1830-1900), a store, a carding mill, a church and a forge.

Take part in a traditional céilidh, hear Gaelic singing, learn to speak Gaelic phrases, and become captivated by the spirit of the pioneering Scottish Gaels. Gaze in wonder as first-person costumed animators demonstrate traditional skills such as weaving, quilting and rug hooking. Explore the beautiful rural setting that features a Hebridean style blackhouse, a 19th-century wooden church, period farmhouses, and rare farm animals such as Soay sheep and Highland cattle. 

We are open from June to mid-October. An admission fee is charged. Parking on site. Bus Tours are welcome. Visit the village’s gift shop for a wide selection of souvenirs, unique gifts and Celtic music, or consult the site’s genealogical service, Roots Cape Breton.

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Facilities / Services

Bus tours
Gift shop
Picnic tables
Limited accessibility
Internet access

Detailed Information

This property accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa, Debit card.
Admission: Admission charged; F(5); senior, student & group rates.
Directions: Hwy 105, Exit 6, east 24 km.