In 1974, local Port Hood couple Mary Claire and Charlie MacDonald, realized their dream in opening a small motel to serve the local market and growing tourist interest in Southwestern Cape Breton.

They chose the name Hebridean to commemorate the ancestral home of the pioneer MacDonalds who immigrated to Cape Breton in the mid-19th century from the Inner and Outer Hebrides located off the west coast of Scotland.

Hebridean Motel in Port Hood, the Beach Capital of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Building the 16-unit property was a hands-on effort for the extended family and local tradespeople. The couple’s four children grew up in the business and each has contributed to its longevity.

Host to wedding parties, sporting groups, family reunions and travelers, The Hebridean is the place to stay in Port Hood for business or simply to enjoy the area’s many leisure pursuits.

In continuous year-round service for almost 50 years, this enterprise has seen many changes to the property, surrounding area and the village of Port Hood. Demand continues to grow in the “Beach Capital of Cape Breton” and more and more visitors are discovering the spectacular autumn colours, exhilarating walking and hiking trails, off-road ATV opportunities and snowmobile routes.

Charlie and Mary Claire look forward to welcoming you!