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The Scottish castle in the background is at the heart of the winery

There is a copy of what looks like an old traditional Scottish Castle which has been carefully built 'brick by brick' in the craggy hills in the heart a Vineyard in China's 'Shandong Province'. This impressive castle commands stunning views in the Chinese countryside and has a Scottish saltire at the turreted top swaying in the winds for all to see.

Scottish Castle in China

Guy Fawkes night in Shandong

Inside the Castle is a Great Hall with marble fireplaces and a table large enough to seat 60 guests. To add to the atmosphere, the catering staff are dressed in traditional Scottish tartans and guests who are lucky enough to stay overnight, sleep in large four-poster beds. The views from the small windows, alas, have no beautiful highland lochs or hills but instead there are bright new vineyards to rival those presently in Europe.

Chris Ruffle, a Yorkshire-man, has assumed the mantle of an exiled Scot at this Castle and is very proud of it and is sure of its future success and fame.

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Comment by: john Hunter on Tue, 17th Sep 2013, 10:08 amRef id: 22

I understand that this castle looks authentic because the architect was Ian Begg who was awarded the Nigel Tranter Memorial Award by the Association in May for his work on restoring Scottish Castles including Aboyne, Muckrach, Law, Couston and Rossend. He has also designed and built another new castle - Ravenscraig - at Plockton.

Comment by: John Hunter on Mon, 9th Jul 2012, 10:59 amRef id: 20

Is Chris Ruffle the chap who rebuilt Dairsie Castle? Its oriental decor is(?was?) very striking.

Comment by: Brian McGarrigle on Fri, 1st Jun 2012, 5:42 pmRef id: 18

The second picture reminds me of Ferniehirst Castle at Jedburgh. The Chinese castle is a new build but there is a 'real' Scottish castle in Japan. Lockhart Castle used to stand beside the River Clyde near Hamilton but it was transported stone by stone and reassembled in Japan. It is used for weddings. One item on the wedding menu caught my eye - 'chocolate covered squid' - now don't all book at the same time ...

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