Celtic Shores Coastal Trail  follows along the Cape Breton western shore, and the coastal Route 19 highway is called the Ceilidh Trail (pronounced kay-lee, Gaelic for house party) to promote musical tourism. The music held out to tourists stems from the fiddling style of Scottish Highland settlers of the early 1800s. One or more performances – either in concerts or pub settings – can be found daily in communities & villages along the trail.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHome to the Rankin Family, Ashley MacIsaac and Buddy & Natalie MacMaster, Nova Scotia’s northern island offers visitors many chances to hear captivating music that draws on its Scottish heritage. The strength of any society depends on the vigor of communities made up of responsible individuals who are aware and proud of their cultural roots. Inverness County,  Canada’s Musical Coast, with its deep sense of community and tradition, has long been an important contributor to the wider Canadian community in many fields of endeavor… but none more creatively and successfully than our Celtic music and culture. The Celtic culture and music of Inverness County is enriched by the past and present, and full of promise for the future.

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Inverness County…We’re “Canada’s Musical Coast”!