Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Eilean Ban

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

EILEAN BAN (S4x32) 4C set P Burnett Skye Collection 2

1- 8 1s dance down the middle (below 4s), set passing LSh and cast up to 3rd place opposite sides
9-16 1s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 across (1L with 3s and 1M with 4s), dance up to top, set passing LSh
17-24 1s+2s dance ¾ double Fig of 8 (1s cast on opposite sides to start) and cross (2s RH and 1s LH). (2)(1)(3)(4)
25-32 1s+3s change places on sides (RH Ladies' side and LH Men's side), 1s+4s change places with other hand, all set and cross RH. 2341

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

Dance Information

In Gaelic, "Eilean Bàn" means "White Island" though "White" in this case means "Pale" or "Light-coloured". It should be pronounced as "Ayl~n Bahn" in English with stress on the first syllable of "Eilean" and with the following conventions:
  "Ay" is as in "bay";
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound; and
  "ah" is as in "shah".
Eilean Bàn is a surprisingly rare name among Scottish islands; by contrast, Eilean Dubh (meaning Black Island and pronounced as "Ayl~n Doo", where "oo" is as in "noon") is very common. By far the most important Eilean Bàn is the island in the channel between the mainland and the Isle of Skye, where the Skye Bridge now crosses.
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.
Eilean Ban Image
Eilean Ban, The Mid-Channel Island, Which Supports A Column Of The Skye Bridge

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