Highlands & Islands

Royal National Mòd gets under way with record entry

Procession on opening night of 2017 Royal National Mod Image copyright Royal National Mod
Image caption This year's festival began with a torchlight procession in Fort William

This year's Royal National Mòd has got under way in Fort William.

The Mòd is Scotland's biggest celebration of Gaelic culture and has attracted a record entry of more than 3,600 participants.

The eight-day event, which started with a torchlight procession, will feature song, music, dance and arts competitions as well as performances.

The Gaelic festival is organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, which was founded in Oban in 1891.

The Mòd is being held in Fort William for the first time in 10 years.

The festival gives opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines

Image copyright Royal National Mòd
Image caption Dancing, music and song are a feature of the Gaelic festival

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