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Highland Village

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The hilltop setting helps

If it weren't for the hilltop panoramic setting, I'd give it a 3 star rating. So, so for these... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Frederick G
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Flemington, New Jersey
An Historic Journey Through Time

What we thought would be a quick visit turned into a full afternoon as we journeyed through time... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
lead49
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or...more
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4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If it weren't for the hilltop panoramic setting, I'd give it a 3 star rating. So, so for these typical recreated villages. The walk can be problematic for some and the rest rooms are luckily down by the large parking area. Didn't really do it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Frederick G
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit. We agree that the view over the Bras d'Or Lakes from the top the Highland Village is wonderful.

Reviewed November 11, 2018

What we thought would be a quick visit turned into a full afternoon as we journeyed through time and learned the history of the area, beginning in Scotland. The interpreters stayed in character and told us about their life in that particular time. Thoroughly enjoyed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lead49
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

How nice that you were inspired to stay longer. Thank you for telling us about your visit.

Reviewed October 22, 2018

This was enjoyable spot. They try to give you a feel for life in this area when the Scottish first came and over the years. There are (about 10) buildings representing different years, you explore on a self guided tour. Several of the houses have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

The Highland Village tells the story of Gaelic settlement in Nova Scotia. Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit.

Reviewed October 21, 2018

This was a very interesting and informative place to visit. The actors gave a very realistic portrayal of life through the centuries. Every stop gave you more information on what life was like from people who very knowledgable and believable. In every kitchen you were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tina D
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Thank you very much for visiting and writing about your experience. We're glad you got to enjoy some tasty treats as well.

Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Granted, it was a cloudy drizzly day. Took a tour from the Princess Royal Ship. Paid $80 each. 1hour bus ride each way. 1 hour there. No singers, Gaelic speakers or dancers. Saw maybe 3-4 women in garb inside the houses. No guided tour. On...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peggy C
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

We are very sorry to hear you did not have a positive experience with us. We have looked into your concerns and found there were 13 staff in costume on site, some are fluent Gaelic speakers and the rest can speak a modicum of Gaelic...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018

Once we stepped out of the welcome center , we walked up a hill into a different time. This village looked out on to the most beautiful view of the lake. The interactive experience was fun and we learned a lot about the Nova Scotia...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

So glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for telling us about it. And yes, the view is amazing.

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We were in Cape Breton for a four day trip with our five year old son and two year old daughter. On our drive back home to PEI we decided to visit the Highland village. We stayed for two hours with our small kids and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018

The view from the Village out over the Bras d'Or Lakes changes daily this time of year with the colours of the fall leaves. We're glad you enjoyed your family visit with us. Thank you for telling us about it.

Reviewed September 20, 2018

I agree with previous reviews - very interactive and interesting experience overall. I was very impressed with the actors in period costume. Gaelic is really difficult to learn and speak but they made it seem easy, both talking and singing. Worth the trip!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dixiefowler
MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2018

The Gaelic language is at the heart of everything we do at the Highland Village. We are pleased your visit was enjoyable. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about it.

Reviewed September 10, 2018

The Highland Village is a must-do stop for anyone visiting Nova Scotia and Cape Breton in particular. Set on a hill overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake, the Highland Village takes you on a chronological trip which follows the history of generations of Gaels of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive description of your visit with us.

Reviewed August 29, 2018

A quaint historical village with friendly Gaelic Actors who play their parts very well. A great place to spend an afternoon.

Date of experience: August 2018
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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your recent visit.

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Lucy R
January 10, 2019|
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Response from Libby613 | Reviewed this property |
I think 3 hours is good
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LoreliJB
June 19, 2017|
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Response from April Joy B | Reviewed this property |
you would have to rent a car to go which is about a 70 km or over an hour ride. the scenery is spectacular. You could try UBER or alternatively a taxi BUT what i would suggest is contacting Cruiseline and if there is... More
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Shirley L
January 18, 2016|
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Response from oldpo | Reviewed this property |
They would be open in 2016 on October 10, Canadian Thanksgiving day, not open on US date in November. They close October 18. It is definitely worth the trip!
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