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Rambling Round The Raith

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RAMBLING ROUND THE RAITH (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Alison Robertson

1- 8 1s set, cast (2s step up); 1s turn RH, cast right (1L to 3rd place, 1M to top) 3L and 2M step up/down bars 7-8. [Men's side 123, Ladies' side 231]
9-16 Top 3 couples dance 3 Couple Bourrel:-
' 9-12 1M+3L also 2M+1L set advancing and ¾ turn 2H to line up/down middle then pull back RSh turning to face own partners as 3M and 2L chase anticlockwise to face them
' 13-16 All set and turn 2H to own sides, Men facing up, Ladies facing down. 312
17-24 3s+1s+2s chase ½ clockwise round, set; all pass partner RSh (Men make arches) and pull back RSh to face partner. 213
25-32 Reels of 3 across (1L+3M at bottom and 1M+2L at top pass RSh). 213

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


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Rambling Round The Raith - YouTube Scottish Country Dancing Instruction Video

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The Raith, or Junction 5 of the M74, is a major road axis connecting all compass points in central Scotland. With around 75000 vehicles using it per day, in Febuary 2014 work began to upgrade it.

This dance was inspired by the experiences of commuters trying to negotiate the maze of ramps, tunnels, bridges and overhead cycle tracks and the constantly changing road signs and traffic lights while the road works continued.

(Dance Information From YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgZv3bGcImc.)


The A74(M) and M74 form a major motorway in the United Kingdom, mainly in Scotland, with a short section in England. Following an extension opened on 28 June 2011, they connect the M8 motorway west of Glasgow to the Scottish-English border at Gretna, creating a route from the south to the west of the city.

In conjunction with the M6 motorway, they form one of the three major cross-border routes between Scotland and England. Although the entire route is usually referred to as the M74, more than half of its length is officially the A74(M).

The Raith Image
M74 North Of Junction 5 (Raith Interchange Notorious Bottleneck)


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Text from this original A74(M) And M74 Motorways article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright G Laird under this Creative Commons Licence.

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