Paisley First Projects

Royal National Mòd 2023


The Royal National Mòd 2023 will return to Paisley this year.

Taking place in Paisley town centre from Friday 13th – Saturday 21st October 2023, this eight-day festival will be celebrate Gaelic language and culture.

More than 2,000 participants from across the world are expected to take part in a total of 200 competitions including Gaelic song, poetry, literature, drama, instrumental, Highland dancing and sport.

While more than 8,000 visitors are expected to visit Paisley during the Mòd bringing with them a million pound plus boost to the local economy – the economic benefit of last year’s event in Perth has been calculated at more than £2.5M.

The Mòd is a mixture of competitions, concerts, ceilidhs and other events. In addition to the more formal elements, there is also a lively Fringe programme.

Although Gaelic is at the heart of everything at the Mòd, all events can be enjoyed by non-Gaelic speakers and this is particularly true of the Fringe programme.

Bars around the town centre including The Bungalow, The Keg and the Old Swan will feature live music to suit a wide range of tastes, and for the first time, there will be an official Mòd Festival Club, located in The Sneddon handily-adjacent to Gilmour Street Station.

Signature Fringe events include a concert celebrating the publication of The Francis Tolmie Collection and also a spectacular closing concert when folk-electronica powerhouse Niteworks will play their only Scottish gig of the year in the newly-refurbished Paisley Town Hall.

If you are looking for a souvenir of Mòd Phàislig 2023, there will be pop up shops at most venues plus three local town centre businesses will also be selling a whole range of merchandise including  IVAD Gifts and Rainbow Turtle on Gauze Street and Paisley Gift Cart on the High Street.

And if you are looking for some fantastic food and drink, we have a great variety of options no matter your taste or your budget. Pick up a copy of our Illustrated Paisley Food and Drink Map from our leaflet racks in either the Piazza Shopping Centre or the Paisley Centre, or see more details HERE.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of our Love Paisley magazine when you are there, featuring interviews with local businesses and of course, our special edition Christmas Gift Guide.

All in all, this year’s event promises to be an action-packed line-up, you can see the full programme HERE.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Paisley for Mòd Phàislig 2023!