A Friday edition of Thursday Travels: The Ceilidh TrailPosted: December 28, 2012 Filed under: 365 Meditation Challenge, Adventures in Life, beginnings, Daily Walk, Earth, exercise, health, hiking, holidaze, home, nature, Photography, snow, Spirit, Spring, Thursday Travels, travel, Walking, water, weather, winter | Tags: Cabot Trail, Canada, Cape Breton, Cape Breton Island, Ceilidh Trail, clouds, cross-country skiing, fog, Hiking, MaidinSun Photography, nature, Nova Scotia, Outdoors, Photography, snow, spring, Strait of Canso, Sunrise Trail, travel, trees, water, weather, winter 18 Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Thursday Travels post. I know. It’s Friday, not Thursday. But I’m off skiing this afternoon and won’t have time to post the photos from that little adventure so you’re stuck with a scheduled post and some travel photos from Nova Scotia today. In my last Thursday Travels post (Ferries and boats and lighthouses, oh my), M and I had just landed in Nova Scotia. We left Caribou, Nova Scotia, and went east on the Sunrise Trail, making our way towards Cape Breton.
When we started out in Nova Scotia, the weather was foggy and rainy and misty. As we went east, it began to lighten and brighten a bit.
It wasn’t until we left the Sunrise Trail and started making our way north on the Ceilidh Trail that we began to get a glimpse of blue sky.
Cape Breton Island is part of the province of Nova Scotia, and is physically separated from the Nova Scotia peninsula by the Strait of Canso. The word Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is Gaelic for party or gathering. The Ceilidh Trail, a little over 100 km, follows the western shore of Cape Breton where there are stunning views of a rugged coastline, bays, inlets, hills, and rolling farmlands. I wish we could have explored this area more, and maybe stopped off at the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music in Inverness.
We did stop every now and then to enjoy the scenery, but not for long, as we had a dinner destination in mind and wanted to be sure to arrive before they closed for the evening.
As it turned out, we needn’t have hurried, but we didn’t know that at the time. Our concern was that our travels took place during the off-season, and most places either closed early in the evening or weren’t open at all.
Our dinner destination was the Glenora Inn & Distillery.
I highly recommend it for both the food and the single-malt whisky. The Glenora Distillery is North America’s first single-malt whisky distillery. In case you feel a need for a toast to go with your tasting of single-malt whisky, you’ll find one here. We had dinner (and tasted the whisky) in the pub. The food was wonderful. The whisky even better. (Spell Check is insisting that I’m spelling whisky incorrectly. Spell Check obviously prefers the American version of whiskey. Sorry Spell Check. They don’t spell it that way in Canada. Or in Scotland. Even the New York Times has discussed this issue.)
Because M was driving, I had to do most of the tasting. It was tough, but somebody had to do it. 😉
After dinner we made our way to the Cabot Trail where the stunning views became even more stunning. I’ll show and tell more about that in the next edition of Thursday Travels (which will hopefully be posted on a Thursday, but no guarantees as I never know what Mother Nature will come up with on my Thursday walks around the pond).
Thanks for dropping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with (I hope) photos from my skiing adventure. There’s more snow coming tonight and tomorrow. It’ll be a good time to get out into the woods somewhere and admire the beauty of winter. Or maybe tour some of the neighborhoods to look at the Christmas lights. They always look so much prettier with snow to enhance the effects.
Have a great weekend! Be good, be kind, be loving, just Be. 🙂
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—I so enjoy your reflections and/about your photos.
Thank you so much, eM. 🙂
I want to go there. 🙂 Is it hiking only? Or biking as well, kind of trail?
It’s actually a highway/road, Colleen. They name them “trails” in Nova Scotia (and on Prince Edward Island), perhaps for the tourists. There are all kinds of hiking and biking trails, although on Cape Breton the biking might be a bit rough since you’d be going up and down mountains. The down wouldn’t be so bad. 🙂 Prince Edward Island has extensive bike trails. Check this out:
Thank you Robin! Always looking for a place to dream about going to for a biking vacation. 🙂
Nice. I would’ve just gotten stopped at the distillery. Love the shipwreck.
Thanks, Terry. We thought about staying at the distillery. It would be a good place to stop for a while. 😀
thanks for the snow robin!
You’re welcome, Christine. Lots more coming soon. 🙂
Wonderful antidote for the leftover mayhem around here, Robin…that green and rolling drive just draws me…
Glad you enjoyed it, Marie. I hesitated to post so many photos taken from the drive (and inside of the car), but we spent a great deal of time in the car on this trip, and one of the things I loved was the green and rolling scenery. 🙂
Looks like a great trip!
It was, Derrick. 🙂
Nova Scotia is beautiful – I’ve only been to Halifax and a bit down the coast. I look forward to going there again. Lovely pix.
Thank you, Rosie. 🙂 We didn’t make it to Halifax. We decided to nix it from our itinerary so we could spend more time hiking in the Cape Breton Highlands. I’m hoping to get to Halifax on our next visit to Nova Scotia.
Wow. A real live shipwreck.
What fun. (I guess it wasn’t fun when it happened but you know what I mean). 🙂
lol! I do know what you mean, Sallyann. The shipwreck was a surprise. 🙂
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