Ross Bay Retreat announced as Scottish Thistle Award Winners

Wow, what a night out in Glasgow last week and such fun too!

We were delighted and pleasantly shocked to be nominated as Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist for the West Region of Scotland but absolutely stunned to be announced as Thistle Awards winners in our regional category. The superb Gala Awards Dinner evening held in Glasgow last week.

We are proud to join many more winners and worthy finalists in celebrating excellence in the Scotland Tourism sector.

This now means that not only are we winners of the ‘Best Self Catering Accommodation’ for the West Region but we will now go forward to the Thistle Awards national finals which will be held in March next year. We are very much looking forward to this but we will not be resting on our laurels as we continue to make even more positive changes for our guests’ enjoyment and comfort here at Ross Bay.

Rebecca Brooks, chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel and VisitScotland Board member, said: “On behalf of the panel, I’d like to congratulate all our regional winners. The Scottish Thistle Awards give businesses and individuals working within tourism in Scotland the opportunity to earn the recognition and appreciation they deserve from their own industry peers. They celebrate those people and businesses throughout the country responsible for offering the warmest of welcomes that Scotland is famous for. I would like to wish all our regional winners the very best for the next stage of the competition.”

We only moved here to Ross Bay in February 2014 and it has been an incredible journey and experience to date. In this time we have developed our working farm and our self-catering cottage business in this beautiful area of South West Scotland. We added our latest two bedroom cottage ‘Byre by the Sea’ to our other three more established pet friendly cottages earlier this year. All of our cottages are now heated by our Biomass heating system running on renewable energy products as we maintain our commitment and improving our Green Tourism and strive to enable more sustainable farming. 

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our lovely guests, staff, suppliers and colleagues for their support and contribution to helping us achieve this wonderful award. We look forward to continuing to welcoming our guests over the Christmas period and into the New Year. 

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all from all of us at Ross Bay Retreat.