Hall of the Clans

Hall of the Clans, Englishtown: Address, Phone Number, Hall of the Clans Reviews: 4/5

Hall of the Clans
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The Great Hall of the Clans now includes a Gaelic Heritage and Learning Centre, in addition to the existing displays of the social and military history of Gaelic Scotland. The 8 new interactive displays, situated between the stone pillars throughout the Hall of the Clans, portray the Cultural and Linguistic contribution of Nova Scotia Gaels to the social fibre of the province and country.
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DickandLynn
Arlington, TX31 contributions
Great Time at Gaelic College
Aug 2017 • Couples
Visit this college dedicated to preserving the Garlic language and culture. We had fun singing, watching Gaelic dancing and fiddling demonstrations from this part of Nova Scotia (New Scotland). On a beautiful campus, meet staff and students, many who descend from early Scottish settlers of the Cape Bretton region. Find out about your own clan designation and it's tartan. The school offers classes and workshops in bag piping, harp, fiddling, drumming, weaving, dance, and guitar as well as language training in Gaelic. You can even come for lunch M-F in the school cafeteria. A great morning activity in this beautiful area.
Written 8 August 2017
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Pipertoad
Brampton, Canada68 contributions
Good local history and clan history
Aug 2016 • Couples
The Gaels are longtime residents of the island and this is a great place to see, hear and read about the history behind the clans and Lang cal people.
Written 2 November 2016
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johnpE908TO
Miami, FL127 contributions
A performance experience, not a "museum"
Aug 2016 • Couples
The Great Hall of the Clans Museum consist of almost entirely text exhibits, without anything that you could not read online. What is special is the demonstrations, which follow one-after-the-other (and apparently are given only once or maybe twice per day) so phone ahead to find out when the first one starts, and be there when it starts

The "lunchtime ceilidhs" consist of a school cafeteria style meal (we had spaghetti [not particularly Scottish]--no other choices, and performances of fiddle and bagpipe music. Warning: The lunch is NOT anytime between the posted hours---if you arrive late, you'll all or most of the performances.
Written 16 September 2016
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Sandy B
Western Norway, Norway2 contributions
Filled with emotion
Oct 2015 • Friends
This Hall always fills with me with emotion, the Kilts all displayed, the clans represented. If you have any Scot in your background, this feels like home! There was a Piping Concert going on--even more authenticity.
Written 16 October 2015
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Denise B
Quincy, MA51 contributions
Check the schedule to get some great demonstrations
Jul 2015 • Friends
The value of the Hall of the Clans is the demonstrations. We timed our visit to arrive for the great kilt demonstration, which was really fun. We didn't realize that we would then be treated to a gaellic lesson and a music demonstration! The demonstrations are arranged so you can go straight from one to the next. The instructors are very friendly and knowledgeable, and took time to talk to every person. It was even better than I expected.
Written 24 August 2015
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sfharper
Orlando, FL117 contributions
Hall of the Clans Offers Hands On Music Learning
Aug 2013 • Couples
The museum of the Hall of the Clans offers a hands on experience that allows visitors to hear samples of the different forms of music (jigs, reels, strathspeys, etc) (by instrument) and from a historical background. Visitors learn the background behind the Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), or gathering of people to share music or stories. The college serves to teach anyone interested the traditional Scottish (Irish a bit) arts including information about the clans, the music, weaving, dancing, story telling and Gaelic language.

When we arrived, we were shown a short film in Gaelic (with English subtitles) and directed down the hall toward exhibits. It took some time to realize that the wall display *usually offering historical facts also had a stand alone computer console that let you select various offerings (samples of music, musicians, videos of dancing, storytelling) .

Also offered was an exhibit that traced Reverend MacLeod and his Presbyterian community that followed him from Scotland, then to Australia.

Once I got used to the console, both my husband and I found that we spent quite some time learning in fascination.
Written 12 September 2013
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phraater
Central Florida, FL25 contributions
Very Nice
Jun 2013 • Couples
very informative. lots of things to look at and listen to. It was nice to actually hear gaelic spoken after seeing the written word so often.
Written 18 June 2013
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Mark H
Richmond Hill, Canada188 contributions
Visit the giftshop but skip the Hall of the Clans
Aug 2012 • Family
When on the Cabot Trail, definitely drop by the Gaelic College for the excellent giftshop and to listen to the piper who appears occasionally. Then leave and save your admission money.

The Hall of the Clans sounded like a great attraction. Cost us $26.50 to enter and view a few static displays with some buttons you can press for examples of music and dance. It's a very superficial view of the Scottish experience and their traditions at home and in Canada. Not worth a paying visit.

I'd pass on this part of the facility.
Written 16 August 2012
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