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Glasgow set to host The Royal National Mod in 2026

Locations for The Royal National Mòd have been announced, with Glasgow set to host the annual celebration of Gaelic language and culture in 2026, before passing the baton to the Western Isles in 2027

Glasgow set to host The Royal National Mod in 2026

Article Source: Royal National Mòd
Last Updated: 4 June 2024 9:40

Confirmed to take place in Glasgow between 9 - 17 October 2026, Gaeldom’s most highly anticipated annual event will take over the bustling city with prestigious competitions, performances and cultural activities for all ages across the week.

The city is renowned for its strong links to Gaelic language, culture and community, with many talented traditional musicians, singers and Gaelic speakers hailing from or choosing to settle in the thriving area.

Glasgow last hosted the event in 2019, when more than 12,000 people flocked to the city to compete and take part in the array of events on offer, generating over £3.2 million for the local economy. Eighty one percent of visitors that came to Glasgow during this time did so to celebrate Scottish culture at the Mòd.

Three years from now, The Royal National Mòd will return to the Western Isles for the seventh time, taking place in venues around Stornoway between 8 - 16 October 2027. An area with a deep-seated Gaelic heritage, the latest census shows the Western Isles has the highest percentage of Gaelic speakers in Scotland, with more than 57 per cent of the local population having some skills in the language. The Mòd was last held there in 2016, providing a £2.4 million boost to the local economy and welcoming over 7,500 visitors.

The Royal National Mòd attracts Gaelic communities from across the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, the USA and beyond to celebrate the language as well as Scottish traditional music, song, drama, literature, art and sport.

This year’s Royal National Mòd will take place in Oban between 11 - 19 October 2024, before Lochaber hosts from 10 - 18 October 2025.

James Graham, Chief Executive Officer of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: “We are thrilled to announce that The Royal National Mòd will be returning to Glasgow in 2026, and the Western Isles in 2027. Both areas have hosted highly successful editions of the Mòd before and we’re delighted to be returning to these communities, both with such strong Gaelic heritage and history, to celebrate all things related to the language and culture. We look forward to working with the local councils and branches of An Comunn Gàidhealach to deliver what I’m sure will be two more fantastic events.”

Glasgow Life Head of Events, Julie Pearson, said: “The return of The Royal National Mòd in 2026 is great news for Glasgow. The city is internationally renowned as an outstanding, welcoming destination for events and the Mòd held here in 2019 was a resounding success, attracting competitors and audiences from far and wide and contributing significantly to the local economy.

“Hosting this leading celebration of Gaelic culture reflects our commitment to supporting and promoting creative opportunities for Gaelic, including events and learning programmes. We recognise the importance of offering Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers alike the chance to experience and enjoy performances rooted in and exploring Gaelic culture, so we are very much looking forward to welcoming this prestigious national contest once again in October 2026.”


Comhairle Convener, Kenny Macleod, said: “The Comhairle is hugely supportive of the Royal National Mòd and we are delighted to have the event returning to the Western Isles in 2027, for the first time in eleven years. As everyone is aware, the islands remain a stronghold of the Gaelic language and culture and having the premier Gaelic event here will give the language yet another boost. I would like to thank the Directors and Officers of An Comunn Gàidhealach for all their support during our productive discussions over recent months and look forward to working closely with them to deliver the Mòd in three years’ time.”

Councillor Donald Macsween, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Gaelic Committee, said: “This is fantastic news for the islands and will provide a real showcase for the vast wealth of talent that exists in the Gaelic-speaking community, especially among our young people. Those attending the Mòd can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome in 2027 and I am sure it will be a great success.”

This year’s Royal National Mòd in Oban is supported by EventScotland, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Argyll and Bute Council, EventScotland, The Scottish Government, Caledonian MacBrayne, BBC ALBA, Creative Scotland and SQA.

For more information, visit www.ancomunn.co.uk

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