What is the oldest living thing in Europe? Apparently, this yew tree which is estimated to be about 5000 years old:
You can find it in the Perthshire village of Fortingall where we’ve just spent a couple of nights in this lovely hotel:
The whole village has an air of Arts and Crafts with, very unusually for Scotland, several thatched cottages:
Another claim to fame is that the village is supposedly the birthplace of Pontius Pilate, following a visit by his father to the Caledonians as an emissary from Emperor Augustus, but that seems to be no more than a myth. Still, it makes a good story!
23/3/2013- there’s a poem on my site about the Fortingall Yew, which you might enjoy…
I’ll have to check it out!