Saltoun Big Wood is one of two privately owned plantations on the outskirts of the village of East Saltoun but has woodland walks and cycling routes accessible to the public.
Two notable yews exist in the woodland. They are found by walking from the parking facilities to the crossroads and taking a left turn to about halfway along the track where the yews are visible following recent plantation clearance in their immediate vicinity.
The first yew is a female with a magnificently fluted trunk and a girth of 316 cm at 100 cm (SYTHI 2017). The other, a male with a 305 cm girth at 100 cm, stands around 50 metres away but is in partially poor condition seemingly as a result of damage by heavy plant machinery used in plantation harvesting. Girth sizes of both yews suggest they are of the same age i.e. around 300 years old. What is notable is that both yews have been preserved despite the creation of a plantation around them.