Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Ailsa Craig

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AILSA CRAIG (S3x32) 3C set Eric Forbes Birmingham Book 2004

1- 8 All dance full petronella but without setting
9-16 1s set and turn partner 2H, 1s set to 2s on sides and ½ turn 2H
17-24 1s set to 3s on side and ½ turn 2H, 1s cast back to top
25-32 All dance Reversing Grand Chain:-
' 1s turn once round RH as 2s+3s change places RH on sides, 2s (at bottom) turn once round LH as 1s+3s change places LH on sides, 3s (at top) turn once round RH as 1s+2s change places RH on sides, 1s (at bottom) turn once round LH as 2s+3s change places LH on sides. 231

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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Ailsa Craig, now home to a significant population of over 30,000 gannets, is an island in the waters of the Firth of Clyde. The gannetry and the guillemots, razor bills and puffins, make the island a significant site for sea bird conservation. Ailsa Craig looms over a thousand feet out of the waves and is the legacy of a now extinct volcano. Curling stones are made from its blue hone granite.

The sixteenth century Scottish Reformation saw the island as a haven for Catholics. It is now uninhabited although accessible by boat.

"Ailsa" is pronounced "ale-sa", with the first syllable stressed.

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Ailsa Craig


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