I Dreamed a Dream singer Susan Boyle has announced that she is heading out on tour for the first time after finally feeling ready to perform a string of live shows for her fans.

The 52-year-old singer, who shot to fame in 2009 when she auditioned for Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent, has confirmed she will perform a string of concerts in her native Scotland, starting in July (13).

A statement on her website reads: "This is the first year that I feel I can hold my own on a stage for the full time and that I will be able to please an audience and my fans. So I will be performing on 7 nights in Scotland as a tester to see if I enjoy it. The venues chosen are intimate and steeped in Scottish history."

Boyle even hinted at going on a world tour, saying: "Fingers crossed it will all go well and then as they say the world is my oyster and I can look in 2014 to do more, well that's the plan anyway."