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. 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.

Royal National Mòd gold winners

Glasgow Life Head of Events, Julie Pearson, said

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