THE whole country has been caught up in the Olympic buzz this past week as the torch made its way through Scotland en route to its final destination in London for the start of the 2012 Games.
I have to say that I've loved every minute of it and no, not just because I got to see my favorite news reader John MacKay dressed head to toe in white lycra running with the torch, but because of the sense of unity it seems to have brought.
Thousands upon thousands of Scots lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the torch pass by and to show their support for their local community, so clearly proud to have been included in its journey up and down the country. And lots of very famous faces have shown their support too.
We had Hollywood actor and proud Glaswegian James McAvoy running through the streets of Glasgow with the torch, while Scottish golfing legend Colin Montgomerie proudly carried the flame through Aberdeen.
That is not to leave out the many members of the public so very proudly nominated by their colleagues or family members as torch bearers, who will no doubt savour memories of that unbelievable experience for the rest of their lives.
What it does show, though, is that the London Olympics aren't just about London, but about the whole of the UK uniting together which, as you know, doesn't happen very often.
I mean just look at the backlash that the GB Olympic Football team has received in some quarters, and with all the recent campaigning for Scottish independence the response to the torch has been a very pleasant surprise.
I mean, what next – Scotland supporting England in Euro 2012 or have I just taken that too far? Oh the banter, eh?
TOMORROW I'm off to a wee photocall in one of the most inspirational and humbling places in Scotland if not the world – the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill.
I was born just next door in the now closed Queen Mother's Maternity unit back in May 1980 and have had the honour of visiting some of the children in Yorkhill over the years with various charities and more recently with The Hour for our Give a Gift for Christmas campaign.
Tomorrow though I'll be supporting a charitable cause with a difference.
This challenge makes the London Olympics look like a walk in the park, and will see three young Scots – Greg McEwan, Garry MacKay and Lee Peyton – travel from Gallie Craig to John O'Groats in six days using various different Olympic disciplines including cycling 140miles, running the West Highland Way, climbing Ben Nevis and paddling the Great Glen.
I'm absolutely exhausted just writing it all down, and can't imagine the huge physical effort involved, but the boys are focused and have only one thing driving them on – and that is the children who need all the support they can get.
If you'd like to get involved there is a celebration dinner in the Hilton Hotel on Saturday June 30 and all details can be found at www.epic2012.org
l Don't miss Michelle tomorrow, when our Star Turn judge talks about her work with the city's young people