2010-05-15 -- Akureyri to Inverness

After a good nights sleep, we left for the airport at 8:30am, got fuel, paid fees, and were off the ground at about 11am.

In mid-flight we had to divert a couple of times, once for "non-overlapping sigmets" and then again to get around more ash, then again to get over/around a large cloud build up, then again because a new sigmet came out.

  • First routing: -> RATSU -> BARKU -> STN -> INS.
  • Second routing: -> MY -> GONUT -> WK -> INV.
  • Third routing: -> RATSU -> BARKU -> STN -> INS.

The airport officals here were wonderful. Immigrations? "I do need to bother you one little bit, no hurry, whenever you're ready." We, again, misplaced the folder with the pasports. Misplaced, as in, I didn't know it was in the bag in front of me.

The Bunchrew House is...peaceful. Tucked away behind a bunch of trees, right on the Beauly Firth. Hit the link to get more. See the photos at the end for dinner.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/14.1, ISO 200
Dad, very chilly, and the airport, fortunately not snowy. The forecast was for heavy snow last night.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/14.1, ISO 200
The town of Akureyri, from the Akureyri Church.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 65.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/14.1, ISO 200
Fueling. Cold and almost rainy. Miserable. We would have loved to stay and explore Iceland, but not with this weather. And not with the threat of ash.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
North sea oil platform just outside Inverness.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 60.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Wow, after Greenland and Iceland, this is quite a dramatic change!



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/14.1, ISO 400
The tree planted by "Duncan Forbes 5th of Culloden, prior to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. He was born at Bunchrew in 1685." or so says the plaque. Dad for scale. The tree is a Cedar of Lebanon.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/14.1, ISO 400
Bunchrew House



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 47.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/14.1, ISO 400
Bunchrew House



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/14.1, ISO 400
Bunchrew House, looking slightly evil. The clouds didn't cooperate with me, and the un-shaded portions destroy the illusion of dark and creepy.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/8 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
The dining room. Classy. I wore five-day old jeans, a two-day old tee-shirt and a two-day old collared shirt, unbuttoned. Classless.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
The amuse-bouche....which I didn't catch exactly what it was, chicken and celery (?) and beet (?) and a spiral cucumber.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
Warm Crottin of goat's cheese with a sun dried apricot and herb salad.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
"Trilogy of Scottish salmon: Salmon tartar with smoked salmon mousse, smoked salmon disk and garnished with golden mango dressing.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 40.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/9.9, ISO 400
Supreme of chicken stuffed with Dingwall haggis mousse, mustard mash, French beans wrapped in Parma ham, spiced parsnip ribbons and a red onion glaze.

I recommend "spiced parsnip ribbons", yummy!



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