Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Five Crossings From Mallaig

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FIVE CROSSINGS FROM MALLAIG (J5x32) 5C set Holger Schuckelt Borderland Dances

1- 2 All cross RH
3- 4 1s+2s and 4s+5s change places LH on sides while 3s set
5- 6 2s+3s+4s cross RH to own sides while 1s+5s set
7- 8 2s+3s+4s set while 1s+5s turn ¾ RH to finish in middle of set, Men facing down, Ladies facing up
9-16 1s+5s dance reel of 4
17-24 1M+2s and 1L+3s+5M and 5L+4s dance LH across to finish on sidelines (21354), 2s+1s and 5s+4s dance RH across
25-28 2s+1s+3s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on the sides (2s and 1s pass RSh to begin) 31254
29-32 2s+5s+4s dance ½ RSh reels of 3 on the sides (2s and 5s pass RSh to begin) 31452

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


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

Mallaig (Scottish Gaelic: Malaig derived from Old Norse Mel Vik, meaning sand dune bay) is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland.

The local railway station, Mallaig, is the terminus of the West Highland railway line (Fort William and Mallaig branch) and the town is linked to Fort William by the A830 road - the "Road to the Isles".

The village of Mallaig was founded in the 1840s when Lord Lovat, owner of North Morar Estate, divided up the farm of Mallaigvaig into 17 parcels of land and encouraged his tenants to move to the western part of the peninsula and turn to fishing as a way of life. The population and local economy expanded rapidly in the 20th century with the arrival of the railway.

Ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and Western Isles Cruises sail from the port to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, Inverie in Knoydart, Lochmaddy on South Uist and the isles of Rùm, Eigg, Muck, and Canna.

Mallaig is the main commercial fishing port on the West Coast of Scotland, and during the 1960s was the busiest herring port in Europe

Mallaig ferry terminal
Mallaig Ferry Terminal
Caledonian Macbrayne's 'Loch Fyne' Tied Up And A Small Cargo Ship, 'Lyrawa Bay' Entering Harbour


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