Sorry this is a bit late!
We decided mid-week to take off for the weekend and were lucky enough to get a room at Tigh Na Leigh in Alyth, (after a TA recommendation of the place - thanks!)
We drove up from Glasgow at about 5pm and arrived by 7.30pm. The sun was out and it was a beautiful drive up. We were met by Bettina who was so helpful (even giving our puppy a chew bone to entertain her - she was allowed to stay in our room with us). The guesthouse was completely fabulous, we loved it!
We ate in Tigh Na Leigh around 8pm, excellent food (lamb and steak). We then took the dog for a walk around Alyth around 11pm. The stars were so much brighter than we see them in Glasgow and it was a lovely stroll.
Next morning, we woke and ate breakfast around 9.30am (it's served til 11am, if i remember correctly. That's service!) The choice is huge, they'll cook you whatever you want. We were for pancakes and French toast with eggs. Fab.
On Bettina's advice and armed with maps that she'd lent us, we headed for Glen DOll, armed with snacks we'd purchased from the shop across the road (although Tigh Na Leigh would have supplied a packed lunch if we'd asked). We walked all through the beautiful woodland river walk into the bowl at the base of the mountains. One of the most beautiful views i've ever seen (can't upload my shots just now but here's one i found on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/freesteamer/2247606168/)
We climbed the Mayer here after relaxing in the bowl but the snow got pretty deep and unfortunately we had to retreat, abour 100ft from the summit (think our little dog was relieved although she was cadging a ride in a rucksack by then!)
We headed back to the guesthouse around 5pm for a much-needed soak in the spa bath! Left the dog in her bed and went to the Meikleour Inn for dinner. The food was nice, but we were both exhausted so didn't stay out too late to enjoy the atmosphere!
Headed back, walked the dog around Alyth again then hit the sack! (very comfy bed and pillows!)
Up the next day for another breakfast feast, then on the road. Drove along beautiful roads, through Pitlochry then down to Aberfeldy where we stopped at the Millhouse for tea and got some lovely things in a little shop called Homer.
Drove on to Callandar where we stopped for delicious steak pies from a bakery on the main street (sorry - forgotten the name) and a couple of bags of excellent cakes from Mhor Bread.
Drove on home to Glasgow after a very successful, restful weekend!