North of Ingonish, the first village outside Cape Breton Highlands National Park is Neil's Harbour, the nicest of the area's remote outposts. Continuing on via New Haven Road, you'll come to White Point. Both are simple, hard-working communities where fishing boats outnumber houses. If neither village floats your boat, follow twisty, windswept White Point Rd to get back onto the Cabot Trail and stick to it.
If you're determined to get to the top of Nova Scotia, follow Bay St Lawrence Rd to take a look at the pretty, eponymous settlement. From here on, the road gets rougher and the scenery gets wilder. The last 7km of the 13km stretch of hectic, slow-going road between Bay St Lawrence and the unfortunately named Meat Cove is gravel.
If you're not an avid camper/hiker, Meat Cove might not be your cup of tea.