Skir Dhu - Gaelic for 'Black Rock'- is located on the 'North Shore' of Cape Breton between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park at ingonish and the town of Baddeck on the Bras D'Or Lakes. The North Shore, originally settled by Scottish settlers in the early 1800's, is now home to a thriving crab and lobster fishery. It is also home to numerous artisans and craftspeople. Besides its stunning scenery, Northern Cape Breton is famous for its hiking, sea kayaking, salmon and trout angling, whale watching, its fresh seafood and world class golf courses. It is also has a thriving culture and is famous for its Scottish, Irish and Acadian music. Local festivals and concerts are held throughout the summer and culminate in 'Celtic Colours' ( www.celtic-colours.com ) - an international music and cultural festival in October.
Maggie's at Skir Dhu: 'Maggie's' - named after the wife of the Scottish fisherman/ farmer who built the house in the early 20th century - is located on the world famous Cabot Trail and is set in a grove of mature birch and sugar maple. It is on an 85 acre plot which goes from the Atlantic Ocean to the Cape Breton Highland. On the property there are two large ponds (Colin's Ponds) with trout, and offers access to numerous hiking trails and old-growth hemlock and pine forests.
Inside Maggie's: Maggies has been lovingly restored using many original materials which were hand cut and planed when the house was built. Although it retains much of its old charm it now has a fully equipped eat-in kitchen with a wood-burning fire place, living and dining room and a full bath on the main floor. Its second level has 3 bedrooms, a half bath plus a large family loft area with foldout sofa, TV / VCR, games and books - all great for a rainy day. Maggie's also has high speed wireless internet with a washer and dryer located in a mud room / porch. The house has many of the original furnishings and farm implements - now used as decorations. Outside it has a large deck with appropriate furniture and a gas barbeque.
Skir Dhu is on the world famous Cabot Trail 30 minutes from Ingonish, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Highland Links Golf Course and Ingonish Beach. The house is situated on an 85 acre property with two large ponds, hiking trails and old-growth forests. There are numerous opportunities for hiking, beach combing, fishing - both fresh and salt water. Local fishing wharves and beaches are nearby.