Fortingall Yew


The Yew

In the churchyard of Fortingall Church near the east end of the attractive village of Fortingall is the Fortingall Yew, believed to be 5,000 years old and quite possibly the oldest living thing on Earth.

The footpath through the churchyard to the yew carries a series of inscriptions that help set 5,000 years in perspective: but the truth is that for mere humans it is a almost unimaginable length of time.

The Fortingall Yew was a sapling when our Stone Age ancestors were building a burial cairn west of today’s Fortingall, and was already 1000 years old when the very first Bronze Age settlers left their mark on the surrounding landscape.

Read more at: Undiscovered Scotland

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