We arrived in Judique at the Music Center in time to dine and listen to the mid-day ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), a Gaelic word for ‘visit.’

Following this fiddle, piano and dancing celebration, we walked the trails behind the center. If you time your arrival correctly (we didn’t), you can participate in a musical hike on the Celtic shoreline walking path behind the center.

During this guided hike, you join with musicians with bagpipes and violins to walk the Judique section of the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail. This entire trail stretches for 92 km along the west shore of Cape Breton from Port Hastings to Inverness. We hiked a section on our own (2 km). The trail markers were unique – fishing buoys hanging from tree branches.

Tom Kimber