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Scenic drive along the coast to the Cabot

The road could be a lot better but the scenery and the opportunity to stop at beaches or sea vistas... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Ottawa, Canada
Nice Drive, Limited Ocean Views

We were on the Eastern Leg of a Cross Canada Road Trip and decided to drive the Ceilidh Trail. We... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
David B
Saint-Lambert, Canada
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Following the shore of western Cape Breton, this 67-mile-long trail offers magnificent views of dramatic coastline, bays, inlets and rolling farmlands.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“nice drive” (3 reviews)
“west coast” (2 reviews)
“celtic music” (2 reviews)
Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

The road could be a lot better but the scenery and the opportunity to stop at beaches or sea vistas mostly makes up for the lack of government support for this highway.. this is the more interesting way to get to the eastern entrance to...More

1  Thank fishingdavep
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We were on the Eastern Leg of a Cross Canada Road Trip and decided to drive the Ceilidh Trail. We started at Port Hastings and drove Route 19 till it joined the Cabot Trail at Route 219. It’s a very good road with several villages,...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Not to be missed trail and make sure you stop at the Judique Music Centre for lunch and entertainment. The local Celtic culture is alive and well and to be enjoyed. We enjoyed the views!

Thank Christena I
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Perhaps a bit overlooked compared to its more famous sibling (The Cabot Trail) this trail is just as enchanting with coastline that is as beautiful and untamed. Those who bypass the rest of Cape Breton to head straight for the Cabot Trail are missing something.

Thank Edward W
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We especially enjoyed our stop for an excellent lunch accompanied by excellent live Celtic music at the Celtic Music Interpretative Center in Judique

1  Thank Freqytraveler T
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I play the fiddle so this place is heaven to me. Fantastic scenery, great food and amazing music. Check out a few dances and concerts and you won't be disappointed.

Thank fiddlertwin
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This drive up the west coast of Cape Breton has great views of the ocean and coastline, as well as several places to hop on the coastal hiking trail. Lovely!

Thank Julie E
Reviewed 5 January 2016

So many little towns to visit with great restaurants. Coastline views are incredibly beautiful. Don't just drive thru, stop and spend some time.

1  Thank thegrandstan
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great drive through a wonderful part of Nova Scotia. Scenery is beautiful, and it is sparsely populated. Some pubs have music nightly.

Thank Bizz-Traveler987
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Beautiful scenery, great roads. Definitely worth the drive! Take your time and stop along the way to take in the gorgeous scenery.

Thank Hatepoorservice
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