Recorded Yew Sites

A dying, but spectacular site

Aber Gartocharn

This magnificent, albeit dying, tree, is known as the Gartocharn Yew. Local tradition has it as a famous gathering place for cattle hundreds of years ago.


A dense woodland of Yews on the Hopetoun estate and next to Abercorn Church, originally a site from where Bishop Trumwine administered over the Picts during the late 7th Century.

Appin House Farm, Argyll and Bute

Following the Jacobite uprising in 1745, the Stewarts of Appin lost their clan seat at Ballachulish House, Glencoe, where there is a yew probably contemporaneous

Ardchattan Priory, Argyll and Bute

“Ardchattan Priory whose yew trees (Taxus baccata) according to other accounts, were inspected by Robert the Bruce and cut to make at least some of

Extensive areas of yew woodland on the Arniston Estate

Arniston House

Yew woodland close to the Knights Templars’ first preceptory at Temple.

Balbirnie House, Fife

Balbirnie House, now a hotel, stands in parkland and woodlands which have been public since 1990. There was a house here around 1640 when the

Ballachulish House, Highlands

Ballachulish House is a strictly private residence incorporating a bed and breakfast facility. It was built in 1746 to replace a partially destroyed house –

Bernera, Lismore, Argyll and Bute

In the sixth century an Irish Christian missionary, popularly called St Moluag, established a mission upon the island of Lismore in the Firth of Lorne

This is the only location where yews grow on Arran

Brodick Castle, Arran

Brodick Castle – the place where Robert Bruce launched his campaign to regain indpendence for Scotland – is the only place on Arran where Yews grow.

Carberry Tower

There are many Yews of different ages in the grounds of Carberry Estate – where Mary Queen of Scots surrended to an army raised by Scottish Lords and was taken into captivity.

Outside the Craigends yew from across the river Gryfe

Craigends Yew, Houston

This huge sprawling mass of a yew, on the banks of the river Gryffe in the middle of a housing estate, is said to be

Dairsie Castle Church

A number of yews at the entrance to the churchyard and in a small nearby woodland likely to have been planted in the late 18th and 19th Century.

Deer Abbey, Aberdeenshire

Five female yews grow at the ruins of Deer Abbey in Aberdeenshire. Probably from two different planting dates, the earliest likely to be around 400

Dirleton Castle

A fine collection of Yews surround a late 17th century bowling green within the grounds of Dirleton Castle. Other Yews in the parkland are thought to date to the 16th century.

This yew may be nearly 900 years old. If so, it has a slow growth rate

Dryburgh Abbey

If the Dryburgh Abbey Yew was planted, as claimed, by monks in 1136, this Yew and a second younger one in the grounds have grown at a remarkably slow rate.

Dunglass Estate

A number of Yews grow next to the ruins of a 15th Century Collegiate Church.

Dunkeld Cathedral

There are several fine Yews around this site which has a long religious history connected with the Culdees and St Columba.


World famous yew, most probably over 2,000 years old, and recently showing signs of changing sex.

Picture of Yew trees in front of Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

The ancient site of Glamis Castle, near Forfar in Angus, is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and stands in

Hailes Castle

There are small yews planted in a woodland overlooking the castle on the banks of the River Tyne.

Hawes Inn

One of the most significant yews in West Lothian, located right under the Forth Rail Bridge.

Hill of Tarvit

An avenue of Yew topiary and extensvie Yew hedging can be found at Hill of Tarvit.

Closer image of the Hopetoun yew

Hopetoun House, West Lothian

Hopetoun House, a magnificent building in stunning surroundings, is said to be Scotland’s finest stately home and has been home to the Hope family since


An ancient yew remains standing in the courtyard of a castle burnt and destroyed by Cromwell. 


A truly unique yew location – ‘the Isle of the Yews’ – reputed to have yews planted by Robert Bruce.


A sacred place, used by pagans, early Christians and the Knights Templar as a burial ground.

Inverary Castle

As well as yews within the castle grounds, a slight distance away and lining an old trackway between the castle and a burial ground is an avenue of over 30 yews.

John Knox yew tree and hedging at Finlaystone House

John Knox’s Yew

The origin of this yew is a matter of debate as some claim it was planted by the leader of the Scottish Reformation John Knox

Kelburn Castle

Two wonderful ancient yews command the space in the castle gardens, one of which classed as female is also showing male flowers.


A pair of yews with plenty of adventitious growth stand on the shores of Loch Lomond looking out to Inchlonaig – the Isle of Yews. Several others yews grow around the village.

Malleny Gardens

Home to ‘the  Four Evangelists’ – 400 years old clipped yew trees.

Monzie Kirk

Four yews of over 200 years age line the edge of the churchyard on a steep bank.

Newbattle Abbey

A substantial yew avenue, hedging, topiary and ancient woodland yews make this location a real treat for yew enthusiasts.

Yew trees linking the edges of the Old Pentland Kirkyard

Old Pentland Kirkyard

The present kirkyard dates to the 17th century but was established on the site of the old parish church founded in the 13th century, which

Ormiston Hall, East Lothian

The Great Yew of Ormiston stands in what once were the grounds of Ormiston Hall, built in the mid – eighteenth century two miles south

Pittencrieff House, Fife

Pittencrieff House originally dates to the fifteenth century, when it was built by the Wemyss family who then sold the estate in 1610. Its present

Preston Hall, Midlothian

Preston Hall estate is a tranquil, beautiful estate covered in remarkable trees, and has been in the Callendar family since purchased in 1789 (see also

Yew in the hotel garden

Prestonfield House Hotel

Four yew trees, one of which was felled and now demonstrates the remarkable regenerative capacities of the yew.

Riddell House, Scottish Borders

Two yews stand overlooking a field near to the ruins of Riddell House, a mansion which was burnt down in 1943. The mansion was originally

Roslin Castle

Does this tall and ancient female yew stand above the treasures of the Knights Templar?

The intertwining of yew roots

Roslin Glen

There are several ancient yews within this beautiful and magical glen.

Ross Priory

Yews at risk – the loss of several ancient yews from a 600 year old yew avenue significant to Scotland’s history.

The other yew inside the Chapel - Yygdrasil

Rosslyn Chapel

The yew tree as Yggdrasil, carved in stone, has a prime place in the mystery of Rosslyn Chapel.

Ruchlaw House, East Lothian

Ruchlaw House is a Scottish baronial mansion house built by Archibald Sydserff in the early seventeenth century. Leading from the main gates to the house

Close up of root crown

Saltoun Big Wood

Yews standing amongst a managed plantation. One exhibiting a beautifully fluted trunk.

In a grove of yews

Saltoun Hall

A place with yew avenues, groves and woodlands, and unfortunately, evidence of ancient yews being recently felled.

A yew avenue at Scone


Scone is one of Scotland’s most treasured sacred locations – having served as the inaugural site of Scottish kings and the home of the Stone of Destiny. There are yews of various ages planted extensively throughout the grounds.

Yew at the entrance to Smeaton Hepburn estate

Smeaton House

Yews in a woodland, the location where novelist Nigel Tranter would come to write.

Temple was the primary preceptory for the Knights Templars


Temple was the primary preceptory for the Knights Templar. At the edge of the churchyard is a line of yews which have grown to create an archway.

A grove of yews appears as one canopy

The Hirsel

A stunning grove of yews left to grow as one canopy, as well as a number of other yew trees and groves across the estate.

A fine Heritage yew tree in the grounds of The Lodge, North Berwick

The Lodge, North Berwick

The Lodge Grounds were created in the late 17th century by the Dalrymples. In 1939 the Grounds became a public park. Outside the Lodge building,

An ancient yew in the former captial of the Scottish Gypsies

Town Yetholm

An ancient yew in the former capital of the Scottish Gypsies.

Yew roots embracing a gravestone

Whittinghame Church

Six notable yews in this small churchyard in an area associated with an early medieval religious settlement.

Whittinghame Estate

Surely a wonder of the world – the yew under which a plot to kill Lord Darnley is said to have been hatched.

Wallace's Yew - recovering

William Wallace Yew

This very damaged but slowly recovering famous yew stands next to the ruins of Sir William Wallace’s birthplace and has been known as Wallace’s Yew