The Royal National Mòd is the main annual festival and celebration of Scottish Gaelic language and culture, song and arts. It’s often referred to simply as the Mòd and is usually held in October. The Royal National Mòd is organised by The Highland Association which was founded in Oban in 1891. Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature. The Gaelic culture is nowadays mostly present in the Outer Hebrides, some Inner Hebridean Isles and the west-coast of Scotland, the festival is also held in other parts of Scotland to promote the Gaelic culture and language there. See also the video at the end of this article.
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This year’s Royal National Mòd will see more than 200 competitions and events in highland dancing, sport, literature, drama, Gaelic music and song, with Gaelic speakers of all levels competing. As well as the competitions, this year’s fringe showcases the best of Gaelic arts and sport with events for all ages, including the international Colmcille Shinty final between Scotland and Ireland, mòd football, ceilidhs, drama and several stunning musical performances. The Mòd will be held in Fort William from Friday 13 October – Saturday 21 October. For more info visit www.ancomunn.co.uk/nationalmod