The Royal National Mod

The Royal National Mod 2015 ObanThe 2015 Royal National Mod will be held in Oban.

Dates: Friday 9th October – 17th October

Contact information:

Publicity convener
Duncan MacNeil at Furan,
Oban Gaelic Centre
01631 567 886 or

If you need to contact the Mod administrators you can use the following details:

Balnain House,
40 Huntly Street,
Inverness, Scotland
Tel: 01463 709705,
Fax: 01463 715557

The international dialing code for Scotland is +44

What is ‘The Mod’?

The Royal National Mod is Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival of the Gaelic language, arts and culture and is held annually in October at a different location in Scotland. The Mod is a competition-based festival which celebrates the Gaelic language and culture through music, dance, drama, arts and literature.

Royal National Mod History

First held in Oban in 1892, the Mod has now grown to become the second biggest festival in Scotland attracting visitors and competitors from throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the USA. The Mod provides a major economic and cultural boost to the host area and also attracts considerable national and international publicity, raising the profile of the host location.

Whilst the Royal National Mod is essentially a competitive event it also represents an opportunity for Gaels and non-Gaels to gather and renew old friendships as well as forging new ones. It has evolved organically, responding to contemporary changes in Gaelic education and the wider field of the Gaelic arts, acting as an incentive for talented individuals and groups to develop and refine their talents in the public arena. In its own way, the Mod has been a significant cohesive element in keeping the Gaelic community together over the past century overcoming many challenges.

Since 1912, there has been a royal family association with the Mod whose parent body, An Còmunn Gàidhealach, has HM The Queen as its Patron while members of the Royal Family regularly attend the event.

Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mod) was formed in 1999 with the remit of assuming responsibility for all aspects of the event including administration, fundraising and sponsorship. The support of national and international organisations such as The Royal Bank of Scotland and Caledonian MacBrayne has helped to consolidate the status of the Royal National Mod as Scotland’s main Gaelic festival.

This status was underlined further at the Royal National Mod 2003, the 100th Mod held in Oban where guests throughout the week included the Rt. Hon Jack MacConnell MSP, First Minister; Mr Peter Peacock MSP, Education Minister; Mr Frank McAveety MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture & Sport with the Scottish Executive; Mrs Anne Maguire, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office and HRH The Duchess of Gloucester representing HM The Queen.