THE Royal National Mod gets under way this evening in Lochaber with a grand torchlit parade.
The mod, the biggest festival of Gaelic music and culture, has attracted a record-breaking 3600 entries, the highest in a decade.
The nine-day spectacular which comprises 200 competitions is taking place in Fort William.
It will kick off with a torchlit procession with hundreds of people walking through the streets of the town.
The parade will be followed by an opening ceremony at the Nevis Centre with performances by former gold medallist Robert Robertson and Gaelic folk group Na h’Oganaich.
A large contingent from Ross-shire will be among those bidding for prizes at the Mod including Dingwall Gaelic Choir and local youth choir Rionnagan Rois as well as many solo competitors.
Dingwall Gaelic Choir will be hoping to retain its Lovat and Tullibardine Shield which it lifted at last year’s Western Isles Mod and is the premier prize for Gaelic choral singing.