We drove into the eye of storm Henry for a dramatic start in Durness, the most north-westerly village in the UK. The show opened to a roaring wind blasting the corrugated roof of the new village hall. We expected no one to come out in the 90mph/160kmh winds but, to our amazement, a substantial number turned up and gave us a great reception, listening even more intently than normal as we pushed the volume up to compete with the gale.
The next day, the weather had calmed a little. We drove past the stunning beaches and cliffs of the north coast, past the Dounreay nuclear facility and into Thurso. Thurso cinema that night was soundproof and a very good venue for the show, much better than we thought it might be and every seat was filled. Back along the coast on Wednesday to tiny Melvich Hall and a packed house which gave us a standing ovation ! Excellent talks with pupils at Thurso High School and with the Melvich audience too ! We bade farewell to the north coast and our wonderful hosts at Lyth Arts Centre and drove south, stopping for a brief sojourn round the 5,000-year-old Camster Cairns, whale-like stone burial chambers. The remainder of the week saw full houses in Birnam, Stirling and Aberdeen. Quite frankly, this first week of the tour couldn't have been much better !