Niel Gow's Oak
Species: Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
Age: 300 years
Region: Perthshire, Scotland
Niel Gow was the most famous Scottish fiddler of the 18th century, and today his tunes are played around the globe. Local legend says that many of them were composed under this ancient oak on the River Tay in Perthshire. A seat placed underneath the oak by Forestry Commission Scotland includes a lyric by singer songwriter Michael Marra, “I’ll sit beneath the fiddle tree, with the ghost of Niel Gow next to me”, a tribute to the legacy left to modern musicians by their ancestor.
Photo: Charles Dundas
European Tree of the Year 2014
 
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7th place 
National contest organizer: Woodland Trust Scotland
Previous years and their winners

Finalists of the European Tree of the Year 2014

 
The Old Elm
 
Bulgaria
 
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The Giant Wild Pear of Gödöllő
 
Hungary
 
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2nd place 
Wybicki Oak at Będomin
 
Poland
 
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3rd place 
Zechenter´s Garden Oak
 
Slovakia
 
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4th place 
The Guardian Oak of Višňová
 
Czech Republic
 
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5th place 
The Bonsai Oak in Begard
 
France
 
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6th place 
Niel Gow's Oak
 
Scotland
 
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7th place 
The Birr Castle Grey Poplar
 
Ireland
 
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8th place 
The Oak at the Gate of the Dead
 
Wales
 
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9th place 
The Tree of Perfect Gaiety
 
Italy
 
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10th place