The Fortingall Yew tree is said to be the oldest tree in Great Britain and is estimated to be between 1500 and 3000 years old. Modern experts estimate it to be around 2000 years old and it is thought that it may be parts of the remains of a post-Roman Christian site. Others have suggested it may be a 5000 year old tree! Whatever its age it still remains that it is one of the oldest trees in Europe and possibly the oldest in the UK.
The problem about trying to age the tree is that through natural decay it has lost the heartwood rings that would establish the true age of the ancient yew tree.
The yew tree has been cut, and even burnt in the past and it has the look of several smaller trees, however the main trunk is underground and all come from the same tree roots.
Absolutely brilliant, didn't want to leave. All information given prior to and at arrival was really thorough and welcoming.The lodge has everything you could need for a short stay and more.Little touches such as washing up liquid,toilet rolls,spices,teabags are really helpful as you don't always think of these when packing to get away.Although there were houses and other lodges nearby, it was so peaceful and relaxing, helped by the log fire and the lovely robes supplied for dipping in and out the hot tub.Worth every penny and will recommend to anyone looking for a lovely weekend away. Traveller from Wishaw, GB
This was our third stay at the lodges, as per our previous stays it was a very relaxing and comfortable stay. would recommend to anyone. K Dods, Oban