Oban will be a hive of activity the week of 9th October when the Royal National Mod comes back to its birthplace.

The opening ceremony will swing into action at Corran Hall in Oban at 7.30 on Friday 9th October, and for the following week singers, choirs, musicians, spoken word readers and audiences will all celebrate the Scottish Gaelic culture with typical Highland flair and enthusiasm.

Outside the formal competitions, Fringe events (many of which are free) such as ceilidhs, concerts, shinty, guided walks, talks and exhibitions allowing the artists, Mod fans and the local community to come together and let their hair down.

This year’s Mod takes place during Homecoming year and visitors from around the world are expected to add even more flavour to Oban’s already electric and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

For more details of the Mod and the programme of events visit the Royal National Mod website, and to book accommodation amidst the most beautiful scenery on the West coast stop by the Loch Melfort Hotel website.