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Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

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AMHUINNSIDHE CASTLE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Deirdre MacCuish Bark Coast to Coast with Scotch Mist

1- 8 1s+2s set, 1s cast as 2s, nearer hands joined, dance up and cast into 1st place. 1s turn 1½ LH to face 1st corners
9-10 1s+1st corners set
11-14 1s pull back RSh to dance ½ round each other, 1M passes 2M RSh, 1L passes 3L RSh into middle at top/bottom while 2M+3L dance in, turn RH and dance out to places
15-16 1s turn RH to face 2nd corners
17-24 1s+2nd corners repeat 9-14. Bars 23-24 1s cross RH into 2nd place opposite sides facing out
25-32 1s dance RSh reels of 3 on opposite sides (1s RSh to 1st corners). Bars 31-32 1L crosses up, 1M crosses down into 2nd place own sides as 2s+3s finish reels

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

Amhuinnsuidhe Castle
Deirdre MacCuish Bark Coast to Coast 2012
Strathspey 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-2   1s2s take hands on the sides and set;

  3-4   1s cast WHILE 2s take nearer hands and lead up, pulling outside shoulder back to finish in 1st place;

  5-8   1s turn by the left 1½ times to finish facing first corners;

  9-10 1s set to first corners;

11-14 1s pull right shoulder back and dance out through partner's first corner position and continue to finish facing on the centre line, 1M above 1L WHILE first corners turn by the right to places;

15-16 1s turn by the right to finish facing second corners;

17-22 1s repeat bars 9-14 with second corners, finishing in 2nd place on own sides;

23-24 1s cross by the right, finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides facing out;

25-32 giving right shoulder to first corner to start, 1s dance reels of 3 on opposite sides, finishing by crossing diagonally to 2nd place on own sides.

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

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Amhuinnsuidhe Castle is a large private country house (5 star hotel) on the Isle of Harris, one of the Western Isles of Scotland.

Originally named Fincastle, the house was built in the Scottish baronial style by architect David Bryce in 1864–1867 for Charles Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore (styled Viscount Fincastle until 1845), whose grandfather George Murray, 5th Earl of Dunmore had purchased the island in 1834.

Amhuinnsuidhe (normally pronounced in English as "Avinsooee" with stress on the first and third syllables) is a slightly anglicized version of the Gaelic "Amhainn Suidhe" (or more accurately, "Abhainn Suidhe") where "Abhainn" means "River" and "Suidhe" means "Seat". "Abhainn Suidhe" should be pronounced as "Ahveen Sooy~" in English with stress on the first syllable in each word and the following conventions:
  "ah" is as in "shah";
  "ee" is as in "beet";
  "oo" is as in "noon";
  "y" is as in "yet"; and
  "~" represents the very short, indeterminate, vowel sound.
See Gaelic Dance Names for more information on Gaelic spelling and pronunciation.

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Amhuinnsuidhe Castle on the Isle of Harris, one of the Western Isles of Scotland
Amhuinnsuidhe Castle

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