FAQs for Royal National Mòd

This year’s Royal National Mòd is returning to the city of Perth from the 14-22 October 2022.

Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, is a celebration of the Gaelic language, music and culture, promoting its relevance and value in modern Scotland through a varied programme of competitions, concerts and fringe events.

Regularly attracting international interest and online audiences, with competitors participating from all over the world, this 8-day festival has taken place in a different town or city each year since it began in 1892.

This year, Perth & Kinross Council are working in collaboration with The Gaelic Society of Perth, Horsecross Arts, Culture Perth & Kinross and Live Active Leisure to host the Royal National Mòd in Perth city centre.

We've pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit and make the most of this sensational event.

Find out more on our Mòd Pheiart 2022 page >

General Information About The Royal National Mòd

The Royal National Mòd (known as The Mòd) is an eight-day festival celebrating Gaelic language and culture. Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, this festival is held annually in a different Scottish town or city. There are over 200 competitions throughout the event ranging from traditional instruments like accordion, fiddle and piping, to solo Gaelic singing, storytelling, poetry, sport and choir competitions. The first half of the week is dedicated to children’s competitions, while the second half is for adults.

The word “Mòd” means Assembly, Court or Gathering. 


This year’s Royal National Mòd is returning to the city of Perth from the 14-22 October 2022. 

The non-competitive element of the week-long festival includes a very exciting and diverse  Fringe Programme. The Fringe includes Gaelic and traditional music sessions, cèilidhs, concerts, open stages, lectures, workshops, and literature events. Also there will be live acts and music in pubs, hotels and at historical sites.  Traditional sport such as Shinty takes place at the end of the Mod week.

You will be guaranteed to hear Gaelic and you will also have the opportunity to learn key phrases.

The Mòd attracts a varied and international array of competitors and visitors from throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. It draws in fluent and learner Gaelic speakers alike, with a host of other interested attendees. Many of those who attend the Mòd are not Gaelic speakers, but thoroughly enjoy Gaelic and celebrate its rich cultural heritage.

Evidence from the 2019 Royal National Mòd demonstrated that visitors to the Royal National Mòd are largely from Scotland, although the event does attract visitors from the UK and overseas. The audience is mainly comprised of competitors and their family & friends, although in recent years the Mod has attracted a younger audience. The average length of stay of visitors is 4.3 nights.

The digital aspect of the Mòd which allows participants to enter competitions online has been increasingly popular in recent years, allowing for greater engagement with participants and audiences worldwide.

Tickets to the Royal National Mòd 2022 go on sale from mid-August 2022. Date TBC.

Tickets can be purchased at Horsecross Box Office online www.horsecross.co.uk/booking or call the box office on 01738 621 031

Visitor Information For Mod Pheairt 2022

The first half of the week from Sat 15 October to Wed 18 October 2022 is family orientated, with junior competitions taking place. Most junior competitors will be accompanied by their parents, grandparents, family members and teachers. Most competitors and attendees will be looking for something quick to eat during the daytime, as they move from competition to competition and venue to venue. Most junior competitions start at 9am and finish by 5pm with participants going for food in Perth City Centre or in their accommodation.

Wed 18 October sees the start of the senior competitions at 9am and a transition from junior to the senior Mòd (Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat). Thursday and Friday competitions are comprised of mainly large groups due to the choral competition days. These competitors will be looking to make bookings for lunch and dinner and usually take up residence in a pub/bar in the evenings to enjoy live folk music. Time is tight for competitiors and audiences on Wed, Thurs and Fri due to the volume of events and late finishes. 
 

 Perth & Kinross Council will be working with An Comunn Gàidhealach and the local business sector in and around Perth to make the most of this exciting festival in the lead up to the event. 

This will be the first time the city has hosted the event since 2004. Since then, Perth Concert Hall has opened, Perth Theatre has been completely refurbished and there is an amazing new outdoor performance space at St Paul’s.

The Royal National Mòd with over 200 competitions will be held across the city in various venues including 

•    AK Bell Library
•    Perth Concert Hall
•    Perth Theatre
•    Perth Museum & Art Gallery
•    North Inch Community Campus
•    Bells Sports Centre
•    St Matthews Church
•    St Johns

The non-competitive element of the week-long festival includes a very exciting and diverse  Fringe Programme. The Fringe includes Gaelic and traditional music sessions, cèilidhs, concerts, open stages, lectures, workshops, and literature events. Also there will be live acts and music in pubs, hotels and at historical sites.  Traditional sport such as Shinty takes place at the end of the Mod week.

You will be guaranteed to hear Gaelic and you will also have the opportunity to learn key phrases

More information to follow soon.