Indulge in a taste of the Cabot Trail, deemed one of the most scenic drives in North America. Your drive from the port of Sydney to the fishing village of Ingonish reveals the picturesque vistas that inspired Alexander Graham Bell to say, "I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes and the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all." Travel along more than three-fourths of the trail's Atlantic shoreline and into the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Drive over Kelly’s Mountain and the Cape Smokey Mountains to the National Park, pausing for a break at a quaint trailside café. Visit Bell's favorite beach and view the great granite cliffs of Middle Head Peninsula, home to Nova Scotia's premier hotel—the Keltic Lodge. Enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Sydney.
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Review 2 for A Taste of the Cabot Trail
Date:September 4, 2013
Location:Little Rock, AR
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:August
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
This is a wonderful tour outside the city of Sydney and provides a very scenic trip around Cape Breton island. At the start of the tour, the weather was overcast and foggy in the morning, so the first scenic stop we made wasn't all that scenic; but soon the weather improved, and so did the scenery. The drive along the coast was very pretty and provided lots of opportunities for pictures. The highlight was actually the picture stop we made at the Keltic Lodge. Although we didn't go into the Lodge itself, this hotel is so well known, that we were thrilled to see it and the adjacent Highland golf course. It is perched above Ingonish beach and the view of the rocky coastline was breathtaking. We stopped for about an hour at Ingonish beach itself and had time to walk the beautiful beach and take pictures. We then headed back to the ship with the opportunity to take more pictures on the way back. The lunch that was included was at a small café, and there was a buffet that included a variety of things to make sandwiches, steamed mussels, seafood chowder, coffee, and apple crisp. Our guide was knowledgeable and although the trip is long; it is quite pleasant. My guess is that when the leaves are changing color in the fall; the scenery improves.
The nice (but not spectacular) scenery did not justify the long, boring bus ride. The tour guide talked constantly, but said very little of substance. He rambled and repeated himself over and over. There were very few stops along the way; one stop for a morning snack, one for lunch, and perhaps 3-4 five minute stops for pictures. Otherwise, we were on the very cold bus for 7 1/2 hours. Not being fans of mussels or seafood chowder, my husband and I ate ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch, which were adequate but certainly nothing special. This is one shore excursion that we regretted taking.
This bus excursion was very scenic and some of the hills were awesome The Keltic Lodge was closed when we arrived but the location was just breath-taking. Don't forget your camera. Lunch was reasonably well done for a small place, which had actually closed for the season, but had arranged to open just for our bus-load. The narrator was very good. Good Value