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!

2 thoughts on “Fortingall

  1. Candia October 18, 2016 / 22:16

    23/3/2013- there’s a poem on my site about the Fortingall Yew, which you might enjoy…


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