Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The River Tilt Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The River Tilt Reel 8x32 Reel Norma MacLeod 2021

1-4 1s turn RH cast off 1 place
5-8 1L and 2s, 1M and 3s dance RHA, to face 1st corner
9-16 1s dance ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners pass LSh to dance ½ LSh reel of 3 on the side, pass LSh to face 4th corner position
17-24 1s dance ½ RSh diagonal reel of 4 with corners to 2nd place own side, 1M and 3s, 1L and 2s dance ½ RSh reel of 3 across the dance to 2nd place opposite side (1L RSh to 2M, 1M RSh to 3L)
25-32 3s/1s/2s turn RH, chase clockwise ½ to own side. 213

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Norma MacLeod, 2021)


Dance Notes

On bars 9-24, the flow of the reels is continuous, i.e. 2nd man and 3rd lady dance full 'loops' at each corner position.

(Dance notes by the deviser, Norma MacLeod, 2021)


Dance Information

This dance, The River Tilt Reel, was devised to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of Fraser and Margaret Evans.

Originally the dance was to be called Fraser's Lady but The River Tilt Reel came to be preferred as the music for the dance is called The River Tilt and this is also the river that their holiday home is beside.

The recommended tune is "The River Tilt" by Peter Wood.


The River Tilt runs down the length of Glen Tilt (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Teilt), a glen in the extreme north of Perthshire, Scotland.

Beginning at the confines of Aberdeenshire, it follows a South-westerly direction excepting for the last 4 miles, when it runs due south to Blair Atholl. The Tilt, enters the Garry after a course of 14 miles, and receives on its right the Tarf, which forms some beautiful falls just above the confluence, and on the left the Fender, which has some fine falls also.

The massive mountain of Beinn a' Ghlò and its three Munros Càrn nan Gabhar (1129 m), Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070 m) and Càrn Liath (975) dominate the glen's eastern lower half.

The River Tilt
The River Tilt Above Marble Lodge
Braigh Coire Chruinn Bhalgain Is In The Distance


Dance information by the deviser, Norma MacLeod, 2021.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Glen Tilt article on Wikipedia.
Image copyright Nigel Brown under this Creative Commons Licence 2.0.

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