Age: Heritage (<400 yrs)
Access: Public ~ Admission fees and opening times apply
Site Type: Historic Castle/House/Estate
Location: Castle Fraser, Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD
OS Map Grid: NJ 72276 12557
Coordinates: 57.204687, -2.459605

Despite the particular connection of the yew with the Fraser family there are just three taxus baccata in the grounds of Castle Fraser likely to be around 300 years old. Irish yew (Taxus Baccata Fastigiata) also grow in the castle grounds and there is yew hedging in the walled garden.

The Norman Fraser family are first connected with yews in the 12th century after their arrival and building of Neidpath castle, a unique site of Taxus Baccata Neidpathensis of fastigiate grow habit which grows ‘nowhere else’. The yew is their clan emblem. The clan also have their sacred tree, the Great Fraser Yew, a layering yew grove thought to be 800 years old, on a steep crag above Loch Ness and a gathering point for the clan.

Access: Public ~ Admission fees and opening times apply
Age: Heritage (<400 yrs)
Site Type: Historic Castle/House/Estate
Location: Castle Fraser, Sauchen, Inverurie AB51 7LD
OS Map Grid: NJ 72276 12557
Coordinates: 57.204687, -2.459605