Natural History & Environment

Nearly an hour’s strenuous walk from the nearest road, the Fraser Yew stands high above Loch Ness south-west of Knockie. The original trunk has long since disappeared and the tree has formed a grove of stems around 30 yards in diameter. Because of this form, age cannot be determined by counting growth rings, but it is thought that yew trees can live almost indefinitely in this way. Almost certainly the tree was here before the Frasers! Photograph courtesy of Iain Cameron.

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