Lone Shieling Trail

  • Distance: 0.6 KM
  • Time: 15 mins
  • Rating: Easy
  • Type: Loop
  • Usage: Walking
  • Updated: September 02, 2007

Getting There

The Lone Shieling is located in the Cape Breton Highlands at mile 78. While traveling along the Cabot Trail watch for signs for the Lone Shieling. If you miss the turn off to the parking lot the building is still visible from the road.


This small walking loop is a nice spot to stop and get a glimpse into the history of the early settlers of Cape Breton. The walking loop, which takes about 10 minutes to go around, winds through beautiful 200 year old sugar maples. This provides the visitor with a wonderful view of many shades of green along the trail in the summer time, visitors will also find a near by stream along the hiking trail.

This trail will take you to the Lone Shieling, a replica of a Scottish Sheep Crofter's Hut. This small hut is made of stonewalls, a thatched straw roof and interior wall dividers made from logs.

This spot is a nice stop to get out and stretch your legs, and is also a great historical stop for everyone interested in Cape Breton.

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