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The Craigellachie Reel

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The Craigellachie Reel
George Will   Bridge Of Earn Collection
Jig   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

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

  5-6   1s set advancing;

  7-8   taking left hand, 1L turn under 1M's arm and pull right shoulder back to finish in promenade hold facing 2L;

  9-16 giving right shoulder to 2L, 1s dance promenade reel of 3 with second corners, finishing facing 2M;

17-24 giving left shoulder to 2M, 1s dance promenade reel of 3 with first corners, finishing 1s with nearer hands joined, facing up, 2s, in the sidelines, facing down;

25-26 2s1s set facing up and down;

27-29 2M1M turn by the left WHILE 2L1L turn by the right, 1s finishing in the centre with nearer hands joined, facing down;

30-32 1M3M turn by the right WHILE 1L3L turn by the left, finishing 2s1s3s.

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


Dance Notes

  3-4   2s step up.

27-32 Care needed with the unusual phrasing.


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Dance Information

Craigellachie (pronounced "craig-ell-ack-ee") is a small village in Moray, Scotland, at the confluence of the River Spey and River Fiddich (whose valley or glen gives its name to the famous Scotch whisky Glenfiddich (pronounced "glen-fidd-ick")), in walking distance of the town of Aberlour (pronounced "ah-burl-ow-er").

The name means rocky hill and was first applied to the cliff on which much of the village is sited, above the River Spey. Craigellachie dates back to at least 1750.

The elegantly designed Telford Bridge spans the Spey at Craigellachie, only 15 miles from the river's mouth. The structure, designed by leading civil engineer Thomas Telford was at the time, a spectacular work of engineering and still to the day, remains a major point of interest in the area.

Telford Bridge At Craigellachie Image
Telford Bridge At Craigellachie


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