The Royal National Mòd returns to Dunoon in October
Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) will return to Dunoon next month on Friday October 12 until Saturday October 20 for the eighth time – with a focus on Scotland’s Year of Young People.
The nine-day spectacular of Gaelic music, arts and sport will take place in the town of Dunoon for the first time since 2012, with a host of initiatives aimed at encouraging more young people to get involved already underway.
The newly refurbished Queen’s Hall will play host to several key events at Scotland’s biggest Gaelic Cultural Festival, which will kick off on Friday October 12.
The annual torchlight procession will open the celebrations in style with hundreds of people weaving through the streets of Dunoon in dazzling scenes.
The procession will conclude at Queen’s Hall, where the opening ceremony will take place. Co-presented by Patrick Morrison, an Edinburgh University student from North Uist, who was last year nominated for a Young Gaelic Ambassador Award, the opening party will also welcome performances from the hugely talented young trad bands SIAN and Beinn Lee.
John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said: ‘At the Royal National Mòd, we aim to promote and celebrate Scotland’s unique Gaelic cultural heritage. It’s been fantastic to get Scotland’s young people involved in a much more profound way this year, and it’s promising to know the future of this heritage is in such capable, enthusiastic hands.’
Dancers welcome the Royal National Mod to Dunoon this year.