Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Walnut Schiehallion Reel

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Walnut Schiehallion Reel J96 Anne Dejean
96-bar jig for four couples in a square set

1 - 4 Women dance right hands across once round and finish in original places facing out.
5 - 8 All dance ¼ schiehallion reel, finishing men facing in and women facing out.
9 - 12 Men dance around their partners, dancing in and behind them to begin.
13 - 16 All dance ¼ schiehallion reel.
17 - 20 Women dance around their partners, dancing out and behind them to begin.
21 - 24 All dance ¼ schiehallion reel.
25 - 32 All chase once round, women dancing clockwise and outside the set, as men dance anticlockwise and inside the set.
33 - 36 Men dance left hands across once round and finish in original places facing out.
37 - 40 All dance ¼ reverse schiehallion reel (women start facing center, and dance to the left into next man's place, as men start facing out and follow partner).
41 - 44 Women dance around their partners, dancing in and behind them to begin.
45 - 48 All dance ¼ reverse schiehallion reel.
49 - 52 Men dance around their partners, dancing out and behind them to begin.
53 - 56 All dance ¼ reverse schiehallion reel.
57 - 64 All chase once round, men dancing anticlockwise and outside the set, as women dance clockwise and inside the set.
65 - 72 All dance men's chain (left hands across for men in the middle of the set on bars 65-66 and 69-70), with a polite turn for women at the end.
73 - 80 All dance ladies' chain (right hands across for women in the middle of the set on bars 73-74 and 77-78).
81 - 96 All dance complete reverse schiehallion reel.

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser Anne Dejean)


Dance Notes

Note 1: As an option for energetic dancers, women can dance four turning pas de basque on the spot to follow their partners as they dance around them, and men can do the same as women dance around them (pulling back right shoulders on bars 9-12 and 17-20, and pulling back left shoulders on bars 41-44 and 49-52).

Note 2: As an alternative for the transition between the two chains (which is uneasy), on bars 71-72, all couples can turn both hands and open out to face in. It avoids taking right hands twice for women (before and after changing direction).

(Dance notes by the deviser, Anne Dejean)


Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


Dance Information

This dance, The Walnut Schiehallion Reel, was devised on 1st April 2018.

I just love schiehallion reels.

This dance is definitely not for those who easily feel dizzy!



Dance information from The Walnut Book, published 2018, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Anne Dejean.

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