Saturday morning (11 Oct 14) was the beginning of our trek back home. Although our stay in Scotland has been wonderful, after a month, it’s time to go home – we are ready. After cleaning and straightening our West Gallaton Farmhouse, (a tie for the best two places we stayed whilst in Scotland) we headed to Aberdeen. We drove downtown Stonehaven to fuel up the car – it was a bit more expensive, but I knew where the station was and hoped that Saturday morning traffic wouldn’t be as bad as i assume it would be in Aberdeen. I paid £2.29 per liter at this BP station which translates to $13.85 per gallon. Although that is really high, all their cars regularly rate at 50-60 mpg. If we could buy these cars in the States, our gas (petrol) prices would go up I suspect. Our last car, a Toyota Auris, was the nicest car we hired – didn’t hurt that is practically brand new with only 839 miles on it. I managed to tack on over 300 miles during the 5 days we had it. I didn’t check my mpg, but it is purported to have a combined 52 mpg (US).
Even though we chose a circuitous approach to the Arnold Clark car hire location, the traffic was still quite thick. About a bazillion hectic roundabouts and a couple wrong turns that threw us into the thick downtown crush later, we arrived unscathed to the car hire car park. Whew!
A young man from Hungary who is attending uni in Aberdeen and working at Arnold Clark, took us to the rail station. Really friendly young man – he is enjoying school and work in this Scottish city.
We had time to waste before our train departure, so we ate at Pizza Hut at the Union Station mall. Best Pizza Hut pizza and service we’ve ever experienced anywhere! I’ve never entered a TripAdvisor review for a fast food restaurant before, but this deserved that effort.
Arrived in Edinburgh, grabbed a cab, then off to our final hotel – Budget Ibis. Having never stayed at one of these before, i was taken aback by the small, stark, and sparse accommodations. But it was new and clean and since it was only one night, we managed to stumble around each other for the short duration. Did I mention it was tiny!? Still had to take a cab to the airport although it was very nearby – it wouldn’t have been safe to walk since there really wasn’t a pedestrian pathway. But, it was 2/3rds the cost of the Hilton and had free Wi-Fi.
Early Sunday morning, we were on our way to Edinburgh airport. We had good flights – six hours to Newark, 2 1/2 hour layover, 3 hours to Kansas City. Since so many people were sick on the flights home, I began a regiment of Sambucus Black Elder Berry extract. Allen was there to whisk us away home. It did feel odd riding on the right side of the car as a passenger instead of the driver.