1- 4 1s+2s also 3s+4s dance RH across
5- 8 1s cross down to 2nd place opposite sides while 2s cast up, 3s cast down 1 place and 4s cross up to 3rd place own side; 1s and 4s dance up/down behind 2s/3s
9-16 1s in prom hold dance a reel of 3 across with 2s (RSh to 2M to start) while 4s in prom hold dance reel of 3 across with 3s (RSh to 3M to start)
17-24 1s+4s (prom hold) dance clockwise round each other and dance out ends (1s up between 2s, 4s down between 3s) and cast to 2nd/3rd places
25-32 1s+4s dance ½ R&L (no polite turns) and all 4 couples turn partners 2H. 24(1)(3)
(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)
The Gaelic word "machar" or "machair" refers to a fertile low-lying grassy plain found on some of the north-west coastlines of Ireland and Scotland, in particular the Outer Hebrides.
Two distinct types of Machar exist: