THE Royal National Mod will assess any application from Glasgow or Edinburgh to host the festival in an effort to expand the Gaelic community in Scotland.
Organisers said the Central Belt cities, or any other community, would be considered as potential sites if they were found to suit the annual gathering of music, dance, drama, arts and literature.
Paisley will host the Mod for the first time next year, followed by Inverness, Oban and Stornoway in 2016. Glasgow last hosted the Mod in 1988 and Edinburgh in 1986, with the capital applying to welcome the Mod in 2017.
John Macleod, president of An Comunn Gàidhealach, speaking from the current Mod in Dunoon, said they were willing to consider other centres for the festival, as well as returning regularly to the “heartland” of the Western Isles and Argyle and Bute areas.
He said: “The Royal National Mod has reinforced Gaelic as a language applicable to us at a national level, with a range of awards going to people from throughout Scotland.
“It is a main language and cultural festival but we want it to be a springboard to build up optimism amongst our Gaelic speakers. The Mod provides the opportunity to use the language to build up a community that actually uses the language.
“It is important that we develop the learning and use of the language in larger populated areas, particularly in the central belt as Gaelic education is expanding.
“We are certainly open to any applications from areas like Glasgow or Edinburgh.”
Mr Macleod added: “We are in the fortunate position of looking ahead seven to eight years and having most of the [host venues] allocated.”
The eight-day celebration heard earlier this week that the Scottish Government will commit £120,000 to a new Gaelic immersion course, set up to boost the number of teachers who want to instruct in the language.
Part of the Scottish Government’s National Gaelic Language plan is to double the number of children being taught in the language from to 800 by 2017.
Lovat and Tullibardine Shield
1. Dingwall Gaelic Choir.
“Weekly Scotsman” Quaich for Gaelic - Dingwall Gaelic Choir.
Donald J MacAskill Trophy for Gaelic - Dingwall Gaelic Choir.
“Oban Times” Silver Salver for music - Dingwall Gaelic Choir.
Malcolm G. MacCallum Silver Baton for conductor of winning choir - Kirsteen Menzies.
Donald Thomson Memorial Quaich for Gaelic tutor of choir with highest marks in Gaelic - Uisdean MacRath.
Women’s Choirs Esme Smyth Trophy
1. Atomaig Piseag.
Donald U. Johnston Trophy for Gaelic - Atomaig Piseag.
Angus Johnston Trophy for Music - Atomaig Piseag.
Men’s Choirs Mull and Iona Shield
1. Coilich a’ Chinn a Tuath.
Glen Ballachulish Trophy for Gaelic - Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.
Cor Meibion Bro Glyndwr Trophy for music - Coilich a’ Chinn a Tuath.
Hector Russell Dirk for conductor of winning choir - Marlene Yule.
Puirt-a-Beul Greenock Gaelic Choir Cup 1. Coisir Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis.
Colin Grant Sangster Silver Baton for conductor of winning choir - Mary Ann Kennedy.
J. Norman McConochie Trophy for music - Dingwall Gaelic Choir.
Rev William MacDonald Memorial Quaich for Gaelic - Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.
Hugh MacCowan Trophy (best Argyll choir) - Coisir Ghaidhlig Ile.
Margrat Duncan Memorial Trophy
1. Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir.
2. Largs Gaelic Choir. 3. Nairn Gaelic Choir. 4. Coisir Sgire Phort Righ.
John McNicol Trophy for Gaelic - Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir.
Stafffinders Quaich for Music - Aberfeldy & District Gaelic Choir.
An Comunn Silver Bator for conductor of winning choir - May Brown.
Waulking Song Harris Tweed Authority Trophy 1. Comhlan Luaidh Bhaideanach.
Mary Lamont Gold Medal
1. Cairistiona Stone, Caithness
1. Alex MacDonald, North Lanarkshire.