Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Rest And Be Thankful

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

REST AND BE THANKFUL (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Grampian Collection

1- 8 1s cross RH and cast 1 place, cross LH and cast (Lady up and Man down) to meet 1st corners in prom hold
9-16 1s+1st corner dance ½ way round behind 2nd corner to 3rd corner while 2nd corners Adv+Ret, 1s turn LH to meet 2nd corners in prom hold
17-24 1s dance with 2nd corner person ½ way round to 4th corner while 1st corners Adv+Ret, 1s turn LH to face 1st corner (pstn)
25-32 1s dance ½ diagonal Reel of 4 with 1st corners and ½ Reel with 2nd corners to end on own sides 2nd place

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


Rest and Be Thankful
Anon   Grampian Collection
Reel   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   1s cross by the right and cast;

  5-8   1s cross by the left and cast (L up, M down);

  9-12 1M3L 1L2M promenade anticlockwise halfway WHILE 2nd corners advance and retire;

13-16 1s turn by the left 1¾ times;

17-24 1s repeat bars 9-16, promenading with second corners WHILE 1st corners advance and retire;

25-28 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with first corner positions;

29-32 1s half diagonal reel of 4 with second corner positions, 1s finishing in 2nd place on own sides.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)


Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

  9-     1s pick up first corners in promenade hold.

    -24 1s finish facing first corner positions, M to M, L to L.


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Instruction Videos

Rest And Be Thankful - YouTube Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

Dance Information

Rest-and-be-Thankful are the words which are located on a stone near the junction of the A83 and the B828, placed there by soldiers who built the original Military road in 1753, which is referred to as the 'Drovers' road'. The original stone fell into ruin and was replaced by a commemorative stone at the same site.

The section is so named as the climb out of Glen Croe is so long and steep at the end that it was traditional to rest at the top, and be thankful that you had got to the highest point. The current road no longer keeps to the floor of Glen Croe but steadily climbs across the southern slopes of The Cobbler, on the north side of the Glen, to the highest point of the pass. The descent to westward Loch Fyne is through Glen Kinglas, and in this section the main road to Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula leaves to the south .

The A83 is a major road in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, running from Tarbet, on the western shore of Loch Lomond, where it splits from the A82, to Campbeltown at the southern end of the Kintyre peninsula.

From Tarbet it proceeds west across the watershed between Loch Lomond and Loch Long to Arrochar near the head of Loch Long. It then goes round the head of the loch, down the western shore for a short distance, before leading westward, up Glen Croe to the Rest-and-be-Thankful viewpoint picnic area, before the pass through the Arrochar Alps from the shore of Loch Long to that of Loch Fyne.

Road Trip From Loch Fyne To Rest And Be Thankful - Video On YouTube

Rest And Be Thankful View
Glen Croe, Viewed From Rest And Be Thankful
Dancing At Rest And Be Thankful
Toronto RSCDS Dancing Rest And Be Thankful At Rest And Be Thankful


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Text from this original Rest And Be Thankful A83 article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright Richard Harvey.

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