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Ayrshire Treasured Trees - Heritage Trees
Heritage Trees - for more information on these trees refer to: “Heritage Trees of Scotland”, Rodger, Stokes & Ogilvie (2003)
1) Blairquhan Dool Tree

Click to enlargeThis is a famous tree, which harks back to the days when the lairds exercised the right of “pit and gallows” over their lands. Dool trees were natural gallows where lawbreakers or the enemies of the landowner were hanged. The Blairquhan Dool Tree still has a very brooding presence to this day. Please note that Blairquhan is not always open to the public. For details please see www.blairquhan.co.uk

2) Rabbie Burns’ Sycamore

Click to enlarge This impressive old tree dominates the grounds of Alloway Old Kirk. The Bard himself was born just a little way from the church and immortalised the site in his poem “Tam O’ Shanter”.
3) The Auld Yew Tree of Loudoun

Click to enlarge This venerable old tree by the south wall of Loudoun Castle has been estimated at 1200 years old. Drafts of the 1707 Treaty of Union were discussed in its shade. Click to enlargeThe tree survived the huge fire that destroyed the castle in 1941 and now lies within Loudoun Castle Theme Park.
4) The Arran Whitebeams

Click to enlarge These trees, Scotland's rarest native trees, are found nowhere in the world other than the Isle of Arran. They can be seen only in Glens Catacol and Diomhan, approximately 3.2 kilometres south-west of Lochranza. At least three distinct species have been identified so far and they are all considered to be endangered.

Arran Whitebeam photo courtesy of Graeme Walker, SNH
5) Kelburn Weeping Larch

Click to enlarge This giant tree, which is thought to be about 180 years old, covers about a quarter of an acre! It is a unique tree with branches growing out in all directions and it regenerates itself from those branches that touch the ground. It can be found next to the walled garden of Kelburn Castle off the A78 -an entry fee may apply. For details please see www.kelburncountrycentre.com


6) The Kelburn Yews

Click to enlarge Two ancient yews are to be found in the walled garden of Kelburn Castle off the A78. They are thought to be over 1000 years old - older than the castle and Estate themselves! Please note that an entry fee may apply. For details please see www.kelburncountrycentre.com
Photography © William Robertson unless otherwise indicated