Nova Scotia's Celtic Trail Self-Drive

Halifax • Cabot Trail • Louisbourg • Baddeck

This 6 night self-drive holiday takes in the highlights of Nova Scotia, a gem of Canada’s Atlantic Coast. From the cultural and rich history of Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, to the splendour of the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. Drive along the breath-taking Cabot Trail known as one of the world’s most scenic drives

From £1009pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Halifax
  • 6 NIGHTS accommodation in selected hotels
  • Fully inclusive economy car rental for 4 days
  • Admission fee to selected historic sites
  • Quote Ref 1557757

Staff Tips

If you want to enjoy the great outdoors without the snow, travel between May and September. Be aware however, that if there’s been heavy snowfall during the winter, some high-altitude hiking trails may be closed well into July. May, June and September are typically cheaper than July and August, but you’ll get the best of the weather in the latter two months

Claire Somers

Travel Expert

Your Adventure...

Halifax Arrival
Halifax Sightseeing
Halifax - Cape Breton Island (356km)
Cabot Trail (300km)
Louisbourg (220km)
Baddeck - Halifax (356km)
Tour Ends
  • Day 1 Halifax Arrival

    Arrive in Halifax and make your own way to your downtown hotel and explore this true maritime city. First settled in 1749, Halifax today is Nova Scotia’s capital and the largest city in Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
    Overnight in Halifax at the Lord Nelson Hotel or similar.

  • Day 2 Halifax Sightseeing

    A full day in Halifax to explore boutiques, pubs and cafés of Privateers Warehouse and Historic Properties; tour the Bluenose II (see the “tails” side of a Canadian dime for a picture of the Bluenose I). Get a terrific view of the city from the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and visit York Redoubt National Historic Site, a 200-year-old fortification overlooking Halifax Harbour.
    Overnight in Halifax at the Lord Nelson Hotel or similar

  • Day 3 Halifax - Cape Breton Island (356km)

    Today you pick up your rental car and depart Halifax for your journey to Cape Breton Island, a little piece of Scotland in North America. Arrive in Baddeck at your leisure.
    Overnight in Baddeck at the Inverary Resort Hotel or similar

  • Day 4 Cabot Trail (300km)

    Explore the fabulous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Island for awe-inspiring views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The route winds through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. There are 28 beautiful hiking trails in the National Park between Cheticamp and Ingonish - the most recommended would be the Skyline Trail located about 15 minutes’ drive from the park entrance. Along the way visit the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Glenora Distillery, Acadian Cultural Center & Museum (Les Trois Pignons ) or St. Ann’s Gaelic College of Arts & Crafts.
    Overnight in Baddeck at the Inverary Resort Hotel or similar

  • Day 5 Louisbourg (220km)

    This morning drive north to discover the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. This incredible “living museum,” is largest reconstructed 18th-century French fortified town in North America ; it is an impressive restoration of a French garrison town dating from the 1800s, complete with costumed interpreters who re-enact daily life from the French colonial period. You can even sample period food in the restaurant, or take part in a mock battle. Also, don’t miss a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in the village of Baddeck, a museum dedicated to the life and inventions of this fascinating man - who spent his summers here on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lake. You may also want to visit the Highland Village Museum in Iona.
    Overnight in Baddeck at the Inverary Resort Hotel or similar

  • Day 6 Baddeck - Halifax (356km)

    A full day for the return trip to Halifax along the scenic Bras d’Or Lakes. Drive to the Canso Causeway to enter mainland Nova Scotia. At the community of Antigonish, travel southwest along Marine Drive to Halifax.
    Overnight in Halifax at the Lord Nelson Hotel or similar

  • Day 7 Tour Ends

    Conclude your tour by returning your rental vehicle to Halifax Airport and return to Ireland

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