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The Rocks Of Solitude

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The Rocks Of Solitude
32 Bar Strathspey For 3 Couples In A 4 Couple Set, Devised By Barry Priddey, Published In "The Silver Rose Book Of Scottish Country Dances", 2015.

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This dance, The Rocks Of Solitude, was devised by Barry Priddey for Barbara Hallam who was born in Glen Esk nearby The Rocks Of Solitude which stand in the North Esk River.

The North Esk is a river in Angus and Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is formed by the meeting of the Water of Mark (from Glen Mark) and the Water of Lee (from Loch Lee), and enters the North Sea four miles north of Montrose. It forms the boundary between Angus and Aberdeenshire at certain stages in its course.

The Rocks of Solitude is a local beauty spot where the River North Esk flows through a narrow gorge in a series of waterfalls at the point where the river crosses the Highland Boundary Fault.

There is a folktale that a Glen Esk piper was once kidnapped by fairies as he played near the river, and that his music can occasionally still be heard in the distance.

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