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Fortingall Yew

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Address: Fortingall, Scotland

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Britain's oldest tree - possibly

OK, it's a yew tree in a churchyard, a five or ten minute diversion if passing. However, it's worth a look at what may be a 2000 - 3000 year old tree in a lovely village that you... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

OK, it's a yew tree in a churchyard, a five or ten minute diversion if passing. However, it's worth a look at what may be a 2000 - 3000 year old tree in a lovely village that you would otherwise miss, and it's worth taking the time for a brief walk to look at the rest of what is nearby.

Thank Viatori-lasso
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We took a small detour to Fortingall late yesterday afternoon, to view this tree, after spending the majority of the day in nearby Aberfeldy. Fortingall is a beautiful little village with old fashioned style street lamps, and two or three of the properties have thatched roofs. The yew tree itself is in the church graveyard, adjacent to the Fortingall Hotel.... More 

Thank thetravellingmanUk
Winsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

This ancient tree is thought to be 5000 years old which possibly makes it the oldest living thing on the planet. To be honest, it's the fact rather than the reality of seeing the tree that makes the visit so exciting, but I would not deter anyone from a visit.. It's a lovely drive over from Pitlochry & when you... More 

Thank Stevie1948
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 726 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

As you walk towards this magnificent yew, the inscriptions on the flagstones give a fantastic insight to the sheer scale of history and time that has passed during the life of this tree. Whenever I am in this part of Scotland I like to pay my respects to this wonderful old girl. 5000 years old; still going strong; and possibly... More 

Thank johnhouston2
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

5000 years of growth and this trees fan club is stlll growing. Spilling over Fortingall Kirk's graveyard- this place lays claim to being the world oldest living thing- though my mother may dispute that. Well worth a trip off the Aberfeldy- Loch Tummell road- especially if the Ewe bar of nearby Fortingall Hotel is open. If still energised continue up... More 

Thank Henry T
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed in fortingall near the 5,000 year old yew tree. The history of the tree which is the oldest living thing in Europe and maybe the world. The things this tree has lived through is something to behold. We went for some wonderful runs here. We saw deer and red squirrels. Love it.

Thank Emma S
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Fortingall yew and church is a must. They have stone steps carved with history. Very interesting. Younger kids not so impressed. Beautiful surroundings.

Thank jools1756
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Found this by accident, popped in to see it as we'd seen a photo in the neighbouring hotel and wasn't disappointed. Beautiful ancient tree. It would be good to think it is as old as they claim... But tastefully offered to the public.

Thank Samantha B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Beautiful area, but I wouldn't go through a lot of trouble to see this tree. It's ancient yes. But when they say it's Survived / I would say Just Barely. I can see why they had to build a wall around it -- it's quite beaten up. Church and graveyard are quite picturesque / tree no so much. Stop in... More 

Thank rollngstone
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

To be honest i found it hard to figure out which one it was... I don't want to sound silly but i think we should have done some more research before hand! A very lovely old church though and some beautiful trees. Also enjoyed the drive to he yew, it was gorgeous.

Thank Nikki-marie13

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