Cape Breton Island in Canada allows visitors to experience the spirit and sounds of Scotland without actually going there. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
CAPE BRETON ISLAND, NOVA SCOTIA - Ceilidh. Sounds great, but this Gaelic jumble of vowels and consonants is pronounced how?
"A 'kay-lee,'" says fiddler Kenneth MacKenzie. "It means 'a visit,' and anyone can join in."
"You hear the word Ceilidh and you're in a place like Cape Breton Island, that really means like a concert, a show, a get together, a place to have some fun," says Rodney MacDonald, CEO of Gaelic College.
One of the popular places along the Ceilidh trail is the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, Nova Scotia, where the history is audible.
"Our people came from Scotland and the Highlands of Scotland 200 years ago. ind of the isolation of the island here meant that that culture was preserved," MacKenzie says.
"There are similarities between what you hear here and in places like Scotland and Ireland, but in North America, this is the place. It's really a gem. If you love Celtic music, if you love culture, if you want to learn about that, this is the place to be," MacDonald says. "You feel it in the landscape here. There's something unique. It's special."
Something special that has been handed down for generations.
"It was passed down from my grandfather, who passed away before I was born, and I found it under my grandmother's bed and it was all broken, so I got a fellow up the road there to fix it, and he fixed it all up, and now, I'm playing it," says fiddler Maggie Beaton. "I like to show it off. It's a beautiful fiddle. It's got nice sound and nice color to it, so it makes me proud to play."