National Mod to return to Western Isles


The Royal National Mod will return to the Western Isles in 2016.

The announcement was made at the Mod press conference in Dunoon this morning (Thursday 18th).

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, today announced that the 2016 Royal National Mòd will be travelling back to the Western Isles for the sixth time when it returns to Stornoway in four years’ time.

The eight day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature will take place in October 2016.

John Macleod, president of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “We are pleased to officially announce that the 2016 Royal National Mòd will be going back to the Western Isles.

“We have had lots of successful Mòds in the past in the Isles and we look forward to planning another one.”

Local Convener of Western Isles Council, Norman Macdonald said: “We are delighted that the Western Isles has been selected to host the 2016 Royal National Mòd and we look forward to extending a warm welcome to all competitors and visitors to the Isles.

“We have great new facilities that will be able to host the main events and fringe events, not just in Stornoway but throughout the Western Isles.”

Pictured are some of the Western Isles contestants at the Mod on Saturday.