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.
We liked the fact we were greeted on arrival and then left alone to enjoy the tranquility of the lodge. It was an ideal location for peace and quiet, within walking distance into Pitlochry. All facilities within the lodge were excellent and we could have easily spent the whole weekend there without leaving. C Hogg, Montrose
We booked the premier love cabin for 3 nights for our mini moon - simply To relax and chill out undisturbed after the stress of the wedding and then immediately followed by Xmas! And relax we did - the hot tub was lovely! Always warm and a good size - and surprisingly private! I had thought the lodges looked a little close together when we arrived but they are set out so you feel like nobody else is there with amazing views of the mountains! There was plenty of wood for the log burner to cosy by on an evening and close enough to walk into Pitlochry to take in the views and some fresh air! The cottage had everything we needed and was personalised with 'Just Married' signs which was a lovely touch - we wish we had stayed longer! We also used the on site spa uniq which was also a highly recommended experience! Will definitely return and will recommend to others xxx The Graydons, Sunderland