Mod brought £1.2m boost to Highlands amid Covid

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The Royal National Mòd 2021, which took place at Eden Court Theatre from October 8-16, generated £1.2m for the Highland economy.

The 129-year-old event, which celebrates Gaelic language and culture, featured a variety of incredible competitions, performances and cultural activities, with 2,840 in-person attendees providing an economic uplift that helped support around 14 full-time jobs.

The national festival, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, elevated the Highland capital’s tourism and hospitality sector during a quieter month in 2021, after the industries faced a difficult year due to Covid.

The festival took a hybrid approach in 2021, with events taking place in-person and online.

Allan Campbell, An Comunn Gaidhealach president, said: ‘We are delighted that the 2021 Royal National Mòd has given the economy of Inverness and the surrounding area a significant boost in what was a difficult year for tourism in the city.

‘It is especially gratifying because we were not certain until August if the Mòd could take place on a face-to-face basis.

‘We are also absolutely delighted that the Mòd has played a crucial role in helping to offset the negative aspects of social isolation and some of the mental challenges caused by lockdown.

‘We very much hope that the Mòd in Perth in 2022 can go ahead in full.’

Inverness celebrate after winning the Mòd Shinty Cup on penalties at Bught Park, Inverness during The Royal National Mòd.

Councillor Calum Munro, chair of Highland Council’s Gaelic Committee, said: ‘The Mod’s economic boost to the Inverness and Highland economy is hugely welcome particularly during these difficult Covid times.

‘The cultural and social success of staging the event to a wider online audience is also highly encouraging for the future development of Gaelic.’

Shona MacLennan, Ceannard, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said the Mod’s ‘impact in increasing the use and promotion of Gaelic is invaluable, and its economic impact consistently demonstrates how important Gaelic is to the Scottish economy’.