Age: Heritage (<400 yrs), Ancient (400-800 yrs)
Access: Public ~ Admission fees and opening times apply
Site Type: Historic Castle/House/Estate
Location: Tolquhon Castle, Tarves, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7LP
OS Map Grid: NJ 87266 28627
Coordinates: 57.348416, -2.213856

In the grounds of Tolquhon Castle there is a total of around 75 yews of various sizes, conditions and age, some being over 400 years old. They were once part of avenues, hedges and individual plantings.

The castle, now managed by Historic Environment Scotland, was a residence for over 500 years, but the present ruins are from a comprehensive rebuilding programme begun in 1584. The 1846 Topographical Dictionary noted that there were very fine old yews at this site, but in 1890 Hutchison only recorded details of one of them, stating that it was ‘the best of a group of old yews here’ with a girth of 11′ 2” at 1′, 9′ at 3′ and a height of 48′. There is a stump remnant of one yew which stood at the head of one flank of an avenue and was felled after Storm Arwen in 2021.

    Access: Public ~ Admission fees and opening times apply
    Age: Heritage (<400 yrs), Ancient (400-800 yrs)
    Site Type: Historic Castle/House/Estate
    Location: Tolquhon Castle, Tarves, Aberdeenshire, AB41 7LP
    OS Map Grid: NJ 87266 28627
    Coordinates: 57.348416, -2.213856