“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings...” – Moslih Eddin Saadi
Date: 9 May 2017 (Tuesday)
Route: Pitlochry – Inverness
Distance: 86 miles (1 hr 47 min)
After a short coffee break at Ralia Highland Café, we drove direct to Inverness and arrived there in early afternoon.
|(Taking the right route to Inverness)|
Inverness is a city in the Scottish Highlands. It is the administrative centre for the Highland council area, and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands. Inverness lies near two important battle sites: the 11th-century battle of Blàr nam Fèinne against Norway which took place on The Aird and the 18th-century Battle of Culloden which took place on Culloden Moor.
|(Entering the northern most city of Scotland)|
|(One of the many bridges criss-crossing the River Ness)|
|(The Inverness Castle overlooking the River Ness)|
Inverness is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and lies within the Great Glen at its north-eastern extremity where the River Ness enters the Moray Firth. At the latest, a settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim in the 12th century. The Gaelic king Mac Bethad Mac Findláich whose 11th-century murder of King Duncan was immortalised in Shakespeare's play Macbeth, held a castle within the city where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray and Ross.
|(The sun was bright in the afternoon)|
|(Leisure walk to the recreation area by the river)|
|(A nice view of the bridge over River Ness)|
This afternoon, we had time to visit the Inverness Mosque and The Highlands Islamic Community and Education Centre. It is the Most Northerly Mosque in The United Kingdom of Great Britain. Inverness has a small Muslim community, approximately only 1% of the total Inverness population. Inverness Masjid Association is a Registered Charity in Scotland.
|(The main prayer hall is situated underground)|
|(A mosque catering for a small community)|