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G8 Summit Leaders Will Enjoy Their Downtime in Scotland; See What There is to do in Perthshire and Around Scotland


GLENEAGLES, Scotland, June 28 -- G8 Summit leaders will find tons to see and do in Scotland once their meetings are over. The G8 Summit will be held July 6-8 at Gleneagles, home to some of the most famous golf courses in the world, as well as excellent salmon and trout fishing, whisky distillery tours and tons of summer festivals.

Here are just a few of the things G8 attendees can enjoy when they are done with their meetings. For more information, visit

-- GOLF -- Scotland is the birthplace of golf, with world- famous courses like the Old Course at St. Andrews and Gleneagles. There are hundreds of others, ranging from quiet Highland links where the sheep still keep the grass short, to waterfront courses where bold golfers can attempt shots over the Atlantic.

-- FESTIVALS - Scotland comes alive in the summer with hundreds of festivals, outdoor events and live music. It’s also the 700th anniversary of the death of William Wallace, Scotland’s national hero immortalized in Braveheart, which is being commemorated with several festivals in nearby Stirling.

-- OUTDOOR ADVENTURE - Perthshire is known as home to some of Britain’s finer outdoor pursuits, such as fly-fishing for salmon, sporting clay shooting, falconry and horseback riding.

-- WHISKY - Learn about Scotland’s most famous invention, whisky, by touring and tasting at the more than 100 distilleries.

-- TRACE YOUR ROOTS - More than 12 million Americans are of Scottish descent - including Elvis Presley, Colin Powell, Johnny Cash, Tom Selleck and Jay Leno. Visit to learn more about how to walk in the footsteps of your Scottish ancestors.

-- LITERATURE - UNESCO recognized Edinburgh last October for its rich literary history when it named the Scottish capital as the world’s first UNESCO City Of Literature. Edinburgh’s literary contributions range from the first printing press in 1507 to well-known authors like J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Ian Rankin.

-- ARCHITECTURE AND ART - Art lovers can tour designs of Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh with a new ticket that includes entry to Mackintosh attractions and unlimited travel on subway and FirstBus in Glasgow. An outstanding architect, designer and artist, Mackintosh has been hailed as one of the principal founders of European Art Nouveau.


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