Baile nan Gaidheal--Highland Village
Iona, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton has a strong heritage of Scottish roots, with Gaelic language, music and dance an important part of the Cape Breton culture.
Iona, named after a community in Scotland, was settled by Gaelic speaking immigrants from the Isle of Barra in 1802. Highland Village tells the story of that settlement starting at the black house, a stone house in Scotland. Walk the village and see the economic and cultural development of Gaelic settlers on Cape Breton, covering the period starting 1770 to 1920’s.
The Village is located in a very peaceful and beautiful spot overlooking and surrounded by the Bras d’Or Lakes.
If you love history and museums, you will enjoy watching history unfold with the help of the interpreters, dressed in costume and proud of their Gaelic background. My favourite parts were the views, all the goods in the General Store, the way time and history unfolded as we wound our way along the paths of the Village.
Link to Highland Village Website
Village and Bras d'Or Lake
We could not believe the views from the Highland Village.
Horse enjoying the view
Working horse enjoying a break.
Shool House Black Board
I would bet that black board saw a lot of chalk
Central Fire Place
What better way to heat a house, with a fireplace in the middle.
The Black House
Old Stone house representative of how the settlers lived in Scotland prior to settling in Iona.
Inside turn of the Century Home
We found a 3D viewer with slides.
Things started to get cozier in later years.
Black Smith finished products
From fancy stuff to nails for building houses. He did it all.
View from the Village
From the edge of the Village we get a great view of the Bras d'Or Lake
A top the hill sits the iconic Church that was moved from its original site in Malagawatch to the Highland Village.
General Store Post Office
Years are advancing with mail, and note the phone.
Black Smith at work
This guy handles hot stuff all day. Repairs, New product he did it all.
General Store goods for sale
Inside the Church
This church would fill up regularly for worship.