Ormiston Yew Tree – A New Years’ Day Adventure

A wonderful recounting of a very special day with my adventurous daughter in Scotland.

Live. Eat. Travel.


On New Years Day, 2013, my mother, Heidi Bohan, and I went on an adventure to find a famous yew tree that is said to be over 1000 years old.

My Mom had heard about this tree through some friends of hers, but didn’t know anything about it besides the name, Ormiston Yew Tree. We knew it had to be near Ormiston, Scotland just a 30 minute drive outside of Edinburgh. We were in Edinburgh for Hogmanay, and the next morning was the only day we could go.

We had some general directions, but nothing was specific enough to guide us there. Luckily, I found one blog that actually gave a great picture and hints on how to find it.  Here it is.      Thank goodness we found this blog, because any other instructions would have left us driving on dirt roads for hours.

We originally thought that we…

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