May is Gaelic Awareness Month in Nova Scotia (Mios nan Gaidheal) which is a time to celebrate and create awareness of the history, language and culture.
The Antigonish Highland Society is a community organization that serves past and future generations of Gaidheals. The vision set out by the founders is to create living and vibrant Scottish culture in Baile Mor Antigonish. For more than 160 years, that is what we have been doing.

Our Operation Manager/Executive Director Dan Cochrane was interviewed on 98.9 XFM radio speaking about the events the Antigonish Highland Society is hosting for Gaelic Awareness Month: Click the link below to listen: 

Antigonish Highland Games

Raising of the gaelic flag

Our first event, Raising of the Gaelic Flag – May 2nd at 9:15 am at Chisholm Park in Antigonish.We have invited the Mayor of the Town of Antigonish and the Warden of the County of Antigonish to participate & would love to see a good turn out of local Gaidheals. Lewis MacKinnon (Executive Director of the Office of Gaelic Affairs) will offer a few words to the assembled guests and board members.  We are really excited to have this happen.

Afterwards, at 10:15 am, we will proceed to Alumni Plaza at StFX University. We will join the StFX Celtic Department and others to install the NS flag among other flags flying in the Plaza. Nach tig sibh còmhla ruinn? Won’t you join us?


Antigonish Highland Games

Highland Hike & BBQ

We have a Highland Hike happening on Sunday, May 22nd at 11:00 AM.  We will take the less challenging trail and we will have a toast at the at summit to Bàrd na Ceapaich | The Keppoch Bard, Alexander MacDonald. 

 We will be inviting local Gaelic students and their families to come along. We will then have a bbq back at the lodge.

Everyone is encouraged to wear a tartan. We may be able to get a piper and some entertainment at the lodge but we are still in the planning stages. 

There are no fees to attend but donations can be made to the Keppoch Lodge!

Antigonish Highland Games

Scotch Tasting

On Thursday May 26th, we will have a Scotch tasting and it will run from 6-9pm. 

The location is the ECCU Enterprise Centre/Antigonish Legion. 

Dave Smith, our local Scotch enthusiast will do a presentation.  As yet, we don’t have a finalized list of the whiskeys we’ll be tasting, but will be 4-5 whiskeys to taste.

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