Scone is one of the most sacred places in Scotland. It served as the place where kings were crowned from the 9th to the 13th centuries, as well as housing the Stone of Destiny during the same period which acted as a throne during the coronation ceremony. Thought to have been established as a Christian sacred place by the Culdees in the early medieval period it possessed an important abbey until the 17th century. As well as the Chapel on Moot Hill there is also an extensive Bishop’s Palace. Throughout the grounds of Scone are found extensive areas of yews planted in avenues and groves and containing yews of varied shapes and sizes, some with ages of around 500 years old and perhaps slightly more in individual cases.