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The Prince of Wales attends the Royal National Mòd Festival and opens a distillery on the Isle of Lewis

18th October 2016

The Lord of the Isles watches Highland dancers

The Lord of the Isles watches Highland dancers

The Lord of the Isles, as The Prince of Wales is known when visiting the Western Isles, visited the Isle of Lewis today and attended the Royal National Mòd Festival before opening a new distillery. 

Organised by the Gaelic organisation, An Comunn Gàidhealach, the Royal National Mòd Festival is the most important festival of the Gaelic language in Scotland. 

It sees thousands of competitors and spectators from Scotland and across the world take part in or watch over 200 competitions in highland dancing, sport, literature and drama, as well as Gaelic music and song. 

His Royal Highness watched a mixture of performances, including highland dancing, and presented the award of Gaelic Learner of the Year 2016.

HRH at the new Harris Distillery

HRH at the new Harris Distillery

The Lord of the Isles then officially opened the new Harris Distillery in Tarbert.

It brands itself the 'Social Distillery' and is focused on building a relationship with the local community and creating employment opportunities on the island. His Royal Highness toured the distillery, learning about each stage of the production process before joining a reception with members of the local community.