Age: Ancient (400-800 yrs)
Access: Private
Site Type: Historic Castle/House/Estate
Location: Thornton Castle, Thornton, Laurencekirk, AB30 1EB
OS Map Grid: NT 7353 7356
Coordinates: 56.836682, -2.513566

Two striking yews stand in the middle of the lawn of Thornton Castle which would have originally been the entrance approach to the castle. It is thought that these yews were planted around the time the tower house was built in 1531 – making them nearly 500 years old (in 2024). The owner advises that there was once a third yew to the right of the current pair as viewed from the house, planted at the same time. When it was lost (before 1900) and for what reason is not known. Yew hedging which was once part of the landscape design has been replanted to restore the gardens. Note: It is thought that these yews were planted around the time the tower house was built in1531 and if so are 493 years old (in 2024) which girth measurements appear to confirm.

King Robert the Bruce granted the lands of Thornton to Valentine of Thornton in 1309. Later that century Agneta, heiress of Thornton married into the Strachan family and Thornton became one of the principal seats of the Clan Strachan for a further 300 years. The Estate is currently in the hands of the fifth generation of the Thornton family. Whilst Thornton Castle is a private site it offers bed and breakfast accommodation see thorntoncastle.com.

Access: Private
Age: Ancient (400-800 yrs)
Site Type: Historic Castle/House/Estate
Location: Thornton Castle, Thornton, Laurencekirk, AB30 1EB
OS Map Grid: NT 7353 7356
Coordinates: 56.836682, -2.513566