Departing from your Halifax hotel, our first stop will be in Truro at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre. Here, we will learn about the Mi’Kmaq and explore their history in Nova Scotia. This will allow us to understand the culture of Nova Scotia prior to settlers arriving.
Heading northwards, we’ll meander along Northumberland Strait shoreline to the hamlet of Knoydart. Settled around 1787 by Martin, Malcom and Dougald McDonald, Knoydart was named after their native home in Scotland. Early settlers of this area also include Hugh McDonald, Donald MacPherson, and Angus MacDonald, veterans of the Battle of Culloden - the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. This was one of the last pitched battles to be fought on British soil and lasted less than hour! Highland warriors who managed to flee the battlefield were hunted down and killed, few lucky ones escaped.
A cairn is erected upon the shoreline in Knoydart to commemorate the Battle of Culloden. It honors those settlers and soldiers who survived the uprising and the crossing to forge new lives in the ‘new world’, Nova Scotia. We’ll spend some time in this area to stroll around the site, enjoy panoramic views and honor these brave warriors and settlers.
Continuing eastwards, we’ll pass through the village of McArra’s Brook. Settled in 1791, it was first called Moidart after its namesake place in Scotland until a British soldier, James McCara, changed the name to McCara’s Brook. As we pass through, take some time to wonder what it was like for the settlers who arrived here… and look out to the Strait to see if you can catch a glimpse of the famous “Ghost Ship of the Northumberland Strait”!
We’ll spend some time in Arisaig where we’ll visit Arisaig Hill and the Provincial Park to view spectacular vistas of the harbour and learn a little about this fascinating community. A short drive will take us to the Lighthouse and Lobster Interpretive Centre. Here we’ll lunch and enjoy some refreshments on the docks while basking in the beauty of the Northumberland Strait.
On our return to Halifax , we’ll detour through the town of Pictou, known as “Birth place of New Scotland”. If time allows, we can explore the Hector Heritage Quay and board the full-sized replica of the Ship Hector (which brought the first wave of Scottish immigrants to Nova Scotia in 1773) or visit the McCulloch House to search for your ancestors.
We'll return to Halifax in time for your evening meal.
As with all Blue Diamond Tours, this tour is fully customizable to your interests. You may want to include:
- A winery, brewery or distillery tour
- Include events such as the Antigonish Highland Games, Gathering of the Clans
- Visit some beaches and other local area attractions and museums
- Visit Antigonish and New Glasgow
- Make this part of a multi-day tour and include Cape Breton and/or Prince Edward Island
We have travelled extensively on bus tours with other companies but have enjoyed the extra special care we received when travelling with Blue Diamond Tours and highly recommend you consider using Blue Diamond Tours for your next vacation
Roma A & Roy J
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