Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Highland Rambler

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE HIGHLAND RAMBLER (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Roy Goldring Leeds Silver Jubilee 1987

1- 8 1s dance in and cast to 2nd place, dance RH across with 3s
9-16 2s+1s dance LH across, 1L followed by partner cast up round 2L and dance down middle to 1L between 3s and 1M between 2s
17-24 1s+2s+3s dance down the middle and back
25-32 1M followed by partner cast down round 2L to 2nd places on own side and turn RH
33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

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


The Highland Rambler
Roy Goldring   Leeds Silver Jubilee
Reel   8 x 40 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s advance and cast to 2nd place;

  5-8   1s3s right hands across;

  9-12 2s1s left hands across;

13-16 1L, followed by 1M, cast up around 2L and dance down the centre line, finishing 2M1M2L 3M1L3L in lines across facing down;

17-24 2M1M2L 3M1L3L lead down and back;

25-28 1M, followed by 1L, cast around 2L and dance in to finish in 2nd place on own sides;

29-32 1s turn by the right;

33-40 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

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


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Dance Information

This 40 bar reel, The Highland Rambler, was published in RSCDS' Silver Jubilee publication Ten Scottish Country Dances (1987).

It was dedicated to John Ilingworth who 'danced with joy and loved climbing Scottish Mountains'.

The lead tune John Illingworth was written by Muriel Johnstone.

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A Highland Rambler


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