If you Google Celtic country, you will find the Celtic nations, naturally. Just below them, you will also find Glen Innes. Glen Innes’s Celtic connections are strong.
The earliest settlers in the region were Scots. There was something in the landscape – and the winter weather, no doubt – that reminded them of their homeland.
The love of Celtic history, music and culture has remained strong among Glen Innes residents.
In 1992, locals organised the first Australian Celtic Festival. The festival celebrated its silver jubilee in 2017 and attracts Celtic musicians and performers from around the world, as well as many thousands of visitors.
It was the passion of a group of locals that led to the establishment of the Australian Standing Stones on a plateau overlooking the town. The stones are recognised by the Celtic Council of Australia as the national gathering point for Celtic descendants and clans.
Start at the Visitor Information Centre (1), where you can pick up a copy of the Celtic Country brochure and get travelling tips from the knowledgeable staff.
Travel up to the Australian Standing Stones (2). There’s something magical about the circle of monolythic obelisks. This is especially true on a misty winter morning or at sunset.
If you visit Glen Innes on the first weekend of May, be sure to get tickets to the Australian Celtic Festival (3). Tickets will be available from the Festival website, the Visitor Information Centre and at the Festival gate.
On that same weekend, the Glen Innes District Services Club (4) honours Celtic musicians at the Australian Celtic Music Awards. You can buy tickets from the Club.
The Land of the Beardies History House (5) is one of Australia’s best folk museums. You can spend hours exploring the displays of pioneer life, farming and Celtic culture, as well as get help with research projects.
If you’re in town on a Friday, try to ensure you’re outside Glen Innes’s grand Town Hall (6) at noon, when a piper plays from the town square.
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Below is an interactive map. The map shows markers to the various locations mentioned above. Click on the map icon for the destination you wish to visit. A popup description will appear. To get directions, click on the word ‘Directions’. A panel will appear below the map. Enter your location in the first section. Enter the destination in the second section. Click on ‘Get Directions’. The directions to the destination will then appear below the map.