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A hedgehog's spikes are angled so if the animal suffers a fall they are not driven into their body.

Fortingall Yew

In the geographical heart of Scotland stands the oldest living organism in Europe.


Fortingall Yew © Archie Miles

The Fortingall Yew (Taxus baccata) has been guesstimated at around 5,000 years old.

The tree sits in the corner of the churchyard of Fortingall village kirk and is surrounded by a wall and railings, which serve to protect it.

A major heritage tree of international importance, what you see today are the relics and offspring of the original, which was recorded in 1769 as having a girth of 17 metres / 65.5 ft.

Steeped in history and folklore, prior to the introduction of Christianity, yew trees were regarded as the ‘tree of eternity’. Often long-lived, they have a habit of starting to grow again as they reach their 500th year.

Little remains of the original tree. Natural deterioration and vandalism over many years has reduced this once vast specimen to two surviving fragments. The remaining live growth, however, is in a healthy condition and continues to thrive.


At Fortingall, 10 miles / 16 km west of Aberfeldy. Well signposted from surrounding road network.


Facilities are available either at the local hotel or in nearby Aberfeldy.

On-street car parking within the village of Fortingall.

Opening Times

Visit any time of year.

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