DINGWALL Gaelic Choir has taken the top choral prize at the Royal National Mod in Lochaber.
The choir lifted the coveted Lovat and Tullibardine Shield in the area choirs competition for the second year running.
Dingwall Gaelic Choir also won a host of other awards on the final day of competitions in Fort William yesterday.
• Malcom G MacCallum Silver Baton for the conductor of the winning choir – Dingwall conductor Kirsteen Menzies.
• Donald Thomson Memorial Quaich, for the tutor of the choir gaining highest marks in Gaelic.
• The Weekly Scotsman Quaich, and the Donald J MacAskill Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic.
• The Oban Times Silver Salver for highest marks in Music.
Officially closing today (Saturday), the final event took place on the streets of Fort William, as the massed choir made its way along the High Street for a final sing-a-long.
Representatives from 2018 host town, Dunoon, were present for the ceremonial handover from this year’s hosts.
The Gaelic festival will return to Dunoon for the eighth time next year, taking place from October 12 to 20 next year.
Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, the event is the biggest and most important festival of the Gaelic language in the world.
This year saw a rise in under 18s competing in traditional singing events and literature events, with at least 200 more entrants than the previous year.
John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: "What a fantastic year it’s been for the Royal National Mòd in Lochaber.
"To welcome the highest number of participants in a decade is special, and shows the strength and importance of Gaelic Culture. The level of competition has been outstanding."
Councillor Alister Mackinnon, who chairs Highland Council’s corporate resources committee and the Gaelic Strategic Implementation Group, said: "The numbers of competitors are increasing, and this was evident earlier this week, especially participation from the youth sector. They are our tradition bearers of the future.
"On behalf of Highland Council I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate all the competitors, the local organising committee, An Comunn Gàidhealach and all the volunteers for their hard work to ensure that Mòd Lochaber was a huge success. ‘S math a rinn sibh!"