Accommodations on the Ceilidh Trail
Beginning at the Canso Causeway
(the entry point to Cape Breton Island)
Here is where the Ceilidh Trail meets the Cabot Trail at the Margarees (visit Margaree web site)
Splendid Views and Hearty Highland Greetings
Scottish traditions and Gaelic folklore come alive along the Ceilidh Trail. Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is Gaelic for party or gathering, and if you listen closely you might hear the heart-stirring music of bagpipes and fiddles echoing through the glens of this beautiful corner of Cape Breton Island.
Around every bend, the Ceilidh Trail offers stunning vistas of rugged coastline, bays and inlets, verdant hills and rolling farmlands as it follows the shore of western Cape Breton for 107 km (67 mi.) from the Canso Causeway to the Cabot Trail. Along the way you can explore the beautiful Mabou Highlands, hike unforgettable coastal trails, stroll along fine sand beaches and swim in the warm salt water of St. George's Bay. Linger along the breathtaking Broad Cove Road where seacliffs rise high above the sparkling surf. Tour a distillery, explore fascinating local museums, or take a leisurely drive around lovely Lake Ainslie.
The names along the Ceilidh Trail-Creignish, Craigmore, Campbell and Glenora-reflect the area's strong Scottish heritage. Large numbers of Scottish immigrants settled here between the 1780s and 1820s. They brought with them their Gaelic language and their passionate love of music.
(From NS Doers' & Dreamers' Guide 2004)