High Road To Fort Augustus reel

Also known as Coir’-a-Ghearraig, The High Road To Fort Augustus.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

High Road To Fort Augustus has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: High Road To Fort Augustus
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|B,FF^G A2 (A/G/F)|EA,ED CA,A,C|B,FF^G A2 (AB)|AFEC B,/B,/B, B,2:|
BFBc dcBd|cAeA cAAc|BFBc dcBd|cAec ~B2 B2 c|
def^g agfe|faed cAAa|fdec dBcA|AFEC ~B,2 B,2||
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X: 2
T: High Road To Fort Augustus
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
F|c,FF^G A2 AF|A,>A, E2 CA,A,E|c,FF^G A2 Ac|AFEC B,/B,/B, A2|
c,FF^G A2 AF|A,A, E2 CA,A,E|c,FF^G A2 Ac|AFEC B,/B,/B, A2
BFBc dBFd|cAeA cAAc|BFBc dBFd|caec B/B/B f2|
def^g agfa|efde cAAa|fdec dBcA|FAEC B,/B,/B, F2||
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Six comments

High Road To Fort Augustus

Composed by Simon Fraser. Learned from the playing of Alex Francis MacKay. For fiddlers, the A quarter notes/semi-quavers in the first part are played with the fourth finger, but I found it helpful to play them on the open string when your first getting the tune if that’s how you roll. That AGF melodic triplet in the first bar helps avoid an odd fingering that I find tough to do otherwise…instead of the triplet MacKay just plays AF like a badass. Rave on rounder, rave on.

Note names

That should read "quarter notes/crotchets".

High Road To Fort Augustus

Fraser’s notes (In ‘Airs & Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the Isles’) say, "The words associated with this air give anecdotes regarding that stupendous work, the road cut in traverses by General Wade down the side of a mountain…betwixt Fort Augustus and Garvamore…"

It’s often difficult to decipher the truth from these notes, but the fact that he claimed there were words to the melody suggest that it’s not one of his compositions.

2nd part

I love this song. The second part is so pretty.

High Road To Fort Augustus, X:2

Have put the version up of the tune as it appears in Simon Fraser’s Airs and Melodies peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles. Absolutely hopeless version for the flute, but still, that is what Simon Fraser has down in his book - as collected by his father.
The tune’s Gaelic title is Coir’ a Ghearraig (the Anglicised version being Corrieyairack) - the name of the pass that links Laggan with the Great Glen) one of the two main drove routes south from Inverness and the longest surviving stretch of Wade’s military road left in Scotland.

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Re: High Road To Fort Augustus

I can vouch for Corriyearack having many years ago in a lwb Landrover done multipoint turns to negotiate down the bends heading for Laggan Bridge. The old Skye road out of Fort Augustus to Torgoyle Bridge also has some impressive bends and beautiful drystone bridges hidden in the forest.
Now to check out the tune and the Skye Road on which I live.