Ballater to Gordons Bay: Sunday May 6

We were up bright and early to pack up. With all our shopping we are still underweight! Breakfast was a treat of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes. Dave checked out while I sorted out the bags. Our electricity cost us £21 for the week.

back to Edinburgh
back to Edinburgh

We then drove through Perth and stopped at the Powmill Milk Bar in Hook of Devon where we had an espresso each and shared a cream and jam scone (£5.70).

back to Edinburgh
back to Edinburgh

We the drove to the Falkirk Wheel and we were in time to see it work.

back to Edinburgh
back to Edinburgh

After that we drove to the airport and sat in the Servisair lounge while waiting for our flight. Our luggage has been checked straight through which is a blessing given how chaotic terminal 5 is. Edinburgh airport is a duty free zone even though we have not gone through border control. This is the same at terminal 5. Our penultimate whisky for the trip was a Talisker for Dave and a Cragganmore for me. Our flight to Heathrow was uneventful – but BA could learn a thing or two from SAA when it comes to snacks – we got a packet of chips! We tried to claim our VAT back at Heathrow but we did not have the right slip from Edradour as they do not have the slips, and Whisky Castle have not registered. After that we had a snack of sushi before heading to the correct gate for our departure. They can only tell you an hour beforehand which gate the flight is leaving from! The flight was empty so I had two seats to sleep on, and Dave had 4! What a pleasure. Sadly my diabetic meal was full of sugar – but I was given fruit from business class – real crockery and cutlery! We got through border control and collected our cases and we were out of customs within 15 minutes – another lesson for Heathrow. It was then home, after an amazingly wonderful holiday.

back to Edinburgh
back to Edinburgh
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London to Edinburgh: Thursday April 26

We landed at Heathrow terminal 5 and were told by BA staff we could clear customs so that we could see Kim. After half an hour in the queue we were told we could not clear the transit lounge. So, we went to the departure hall and waited for our delayed flight. We arrived in Edinburgh and our suitcases did not go through customs! We caught the bus into the city and walked up a hill to the apartment. Had a shower and unpacked.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh

We went grocery shopping, posted Kim’s wedding present and bought a data package for our SIM card. Had a wee dram at The Albanath Whisky. Our choice for this afternoon was The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Dave made lamb chops with tomatoes, mushrooms and carrots for supper and we drank Canti Negroamaro Zinfandel from Puglia.
note: wine is very expensive here!

Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Cape Town to London: Wednesday April 25

We have checked in and we are now sitting in the lounge waiting for the flight to board. So far there is no-one sitting next to us. I really hope it stays that way. Sadly it didn’t and Dave was sitting in the middle! I took a sleeping tablet when my supper arrived and did not even manage to stay awake long enough to finish my dessert. The young girl who sat next to Dave was very sweet and did not mind that he got up a few times during the night to stretch his legs. Breakfast for me was not exciting – chicken just does not do it!