(Words and photographs by Roz Skinner)

On Saturday (June 18), an estimated 19,000 people crammed into the Tulloch Caledonium Stadium in Inverness to see and hear the recently-knighted Sir Rod Stewart perform. Many in the audience had travelled from the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis to attend the concert. 

This event marked the first time in six years that the singer had visited Inverness.  His 2016 Hits Tour saw him in Kilmarnock on the previous night.
Rod was supported by his daughter, Ruby Stewart, who forms one-half of the band, The Sisterhood.  
Rod opened with a song entitled "Having A Party," which quickly roused the crowd.  He performed many of his best-known songs, as well as his hits from his recent albums.  He applauded the crowd for how well they knew the tunes!  
In what was perhaps a nod to both the location and his Scottish roots, he performed a rendition of Wild Mountain Thyme, pleasing many in the audience.  
In spite of the cold wind, which caused him to apologise if it took the edge off his voice and jokingly ask if anyone had a spare sweater, Rod warmed the stadium and the hearts of his crowd.  
To conclude a very special night, a firework display took place near the stage.