Fortingall Church

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Fortingall Church information

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10am-4pm Apr-Oct
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Fortingall's church has impressive wooden beams and a 7th-century monk’s bell . In the churchyard, there’s a 5000-year-old yew , probably the oldest tree in Europe – it was already ancient when the Romans camped in the meadows by the River Lyon. It’s also famous as the reputed birthplace of Pontius Pilate.

Today the tree is a shell of its former self – at its zenith it had a girth of over 17m! Alas, souvenir hunters have reduced it to two much smaller trunks.