Picked up my new trailer in Southampton two weeks ago. 900 mls round trip.
About £160 in diesel £20 tolls (M6) Premier Inn £80.
Still a lot less than £450.
If Alan is heading for Aberdeen he'll be passing right past my house (literally).
If you want you're welcome to have it dropped off here and it can lie till you pick it up. I'm less than three hours from Fort William.