Carol Maclean from Mull and Hector MacKechnie from Lochaline were winners of this year’s coveted Gold Medals at the Royal National Mòd on Wednesday night.

The Royal National Mòd (Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail) continues today (Thursday 20th October) as the Rural Choirs take to the stage particularly in the Grampian Television Trophy and the Sheriff MacMaster Campbell Memorial Quaich competitions.

In Harris, Sir E. Scott School hosts this year’s Highland Dancing competitions. 

In the Fringe today, emerging musicians entertain the crowds in ‘Music at the Stones’ at the Calanais Visitor Centre.

‘Echoes of War’ at Stornoway Town Hall reflects on conflicts through song and music, featuring singers such as Erik Spence, James Graham, Kirsteen Menzies and the Dingwall Gaelic Choir.

The internationally acclaimed ‘Breabach’ will show at An Lanntair tonight – the production has won several awards around the globe.  

Closing the evening, the Mòd’s annual Convener’s Ceilidh will take place at the Caberfeidh Hotel, organised by the convener of the local organising committee, Norman MacDonald.


Elsewhere at the Mòd, CalMac launched their ‘Your West Coast’ campaign with an innovative film exploring the ferry company’s historic role in Scotland’s West coast.

The three-and-a-half minute clip includes imagery from the 1944 David MacBrayne film ‘Islands of Youth’ as well as new CalMac footage that has been projected onto landscapes around the West coast.

The campaign highlights the iconic Scottish ferry providers’ modern era and enduring stability of 165 years in service. The soundtrack has been provided by Oban band Skippinish, with their song ‘Home by the Sea’ which lyrically narrates the story of the film, and includes a Gaelic version of the song.

CalMac are running additional ferry services on Saturday from Lewis to accommodate the volume of traffic travelling from the Mòd. Customers are advised to visit www.calmac.co.uk for more details.

John Morrison, Chief Executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach, said:  “It’s been a quick but great seven days since the Mòd started. We’ve seen some fantastic performances in all the competitions, and last night’s Gold Medal was truly outstanding; huge congratulations to Carol and Hector.

"As we reach the final few days here in the Western Isles, there are still some great competitions to come. The atmosphere around the Western Isles has been wonderful, and we look forward to the last few days at this year’s Mòd.”