Royal National Mòd underway in Lochaber

The Royal National Mòd (Scottish Gaelic: Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail),  referred to as the Mòd, is underway in Lochaber in the west of the Scottish Highlands. The event takes place from 13th to 21st October and began with a torchlit procession through the streets of Fort William (Scottish Gaelic: An Gearasdan). The Royal National Mòd is the most important of a number of  Mòds that are held annually in Scotland and is a festival that celebrates Scottish Gaelic literature, song, arts and culture. The Mòd is run by An Comunn Gàidhealach (The Gaelic Association) and this year it has attracted a record 3600 entries. In addition to the official Mòd other events take place locally which are equally as popular, known as the Mòd Fringe.

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