Well at least I am actually back in my own house. There are apparently plenty people stuck on the roads who are not so fortunate. Not so fortunate as to have a good mate with a 4x4 who left his nice warm house and came to get me and Allan and take us home without even being asked. He just phoned up, said "You'll never get your car back up here. I'll come get you. Get your stuff ready." Luckily by that time Allan had managed to get a train out of Glasgow to meet up with me.
The main roads were all jammed with abandoned vehicles so we had to do it the hard way - the teeny back road, up and over the hill! Highly entertaining. John dropped us off on a road that goes past the top end of our estate (but not into it) and we walked the last stretch.
So in brief- we're home, we're warm and my mate John is a prince amongst men. :)