Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Farewell To The Highlands

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

FAREWELL TO THE HIGHLANDS (S4x32) 4C set Alan Davis Blackwater Collection

1- 8 All set and cross RH, all chase clockwise ½ way
9-16 4s+3s also 2s+1s dance RH across and dance ½ reel of 4 on sides
17-24 1M+2L cross RH and set while partners set and cross RH, 1M+3M cross RH and set while partners set and cross RH
25-32 1M+4L cross RH and set while partners set and cross RH, all turn 2H 1½ times. 2341

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


Farewell To The Highlands
A Davis   Blackwater Collection
Strathspey   4 x 32 bars   4 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Lengthwise Set

  1-4   All set and cross, finishing facing clockwise;

  5-8   all chase halfway, finishing 4s3s2s1s on opposite sides;

  9-12 4s3s 2s1s right hands across;

13-16 4M3M2M1M 4L3L2L1L half reels of 4 on the sides;

17-20 1M2L cross diagonally by the right and set WHILE 1L2M set and cross diagonally by the right;

21-24 1M3M cross diagonally by the right and set WHILE 1L3L set and cross diagonally by the right;

25-28 1M4L cross diagonally by the right and set WHILE 1L4M set and cross diagonally by the right;

29-32 all turn partners 1½ times with both hands, finishing 2s3s4s1s.

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


Dance Information

The title of this dance, Farewell To The Highlands, comes from the My Heart's In The Highlands - Poem written by Robert Burns in 1789.

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.


My Heart's In The Highlands Song Video

My Heart's In The Highlands Song - YouTube Video

Farewell To The Highlands - YouTube Video.
Filmed on the summit of Slioch (The Spear) in the Northwestern Highlands of Scotland, September 2012


The Scottish Highlands Image
The Scottish Highlands


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