Spring Time at Ross Bay Retreat
Spring is upon us, bringing longer and warmer days, pink cherry blossom and colourful flowers back in bloom. Spring also brings along the increased melody of birdsong, the sight of new born lambs and very soon, the return of guests to Ross Bay Retreat.
After what has been a very long hard winter for us all in lockdown, we are very excited to welcome visitors back to our holiday cottages.
It is great news that tourism and travel restrictions are being gently lifted across the UK. This means that guests will again be able to enjoy the delights of Dumfries and Galloway and our beautiful corner of South West Scotland here at Ross Bay.
There will still be a number of limitations in place which will impact eating indoors in restaurants and bars. Despite these, there are still so many great opportunities for getting out and about. It is a wonderful chance to explore the great outdoors and enjoy eating out with a lovely picnic in beautiful coastal and countryside locations with friends and family.
Explore the Ross Bay Peninsula
Take a walk with your dog (and a picnic) and explore the shores around Ross Bay, experience out very own wildlife and stunning countryside around our very own Solway Coastline peninsular. See the old lighthouse, built back in 1843 on Little Ross Island.
Check out the many little coves, the rocky coastline, farmlands and head down to the sandy beach at Brighouse Bay. Go ‘rockpooling’, crab fishing or even throw out a line to sea and see what you can catch for dinner. For more information see our Ross Bay interactive map
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
The Solway coast is an absolute delight for walkers with the variety it throws up. From walking along the pretty little sandy bays, visiting bird reserves teeming with wildlife to enjoyable clifftop rambles offering up views across the Irish Sea to the Lake District and on a clear day over to the Isle of Man.
Heading further inland the landscape becomes hilly and richly wooded particularly as you head north towards the Galloway Forest Park with its glens, lochs, mountain views. Go stargazing in Galloway Dark Sky Park and enjoy amazing starry views of fantastic dark skies.
There is some great cycling to be had in the area for all ages. Head out mountain biking locally or visit the Kirroughtree or Dalbeattie mountain biking trail centres. You can also enjoy the quiet lanes and the excellent Sustrans Tweed Cycleway which runs nearby.
Nature and countryside lovers are very well served in the corner of Scotland with a huge menu of options. Guests can also experience and abundance of natural delights directly from our cottages
Other Outdoor Delights, Activities & Recommendations Include:
- Drumlanrig Castle & Estate – walks, biking trails, activities and outdoor centre
- Scottish Dark Sky Observatory Experience the wonders of a dark sky night –
- Mull of Galloway – Experience the stunning Scotland’s most southerly point
- Mersehead Nature Reserve – Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings & skylarks
- Galloway Kite Trail – great attraction for walkers, cyclists, wildlife lovers and birdwatchers
- Barstobrick Visitor Centre – Activity Centre with history, wildlife, horse-riding, walking, cycling and fishing
- Galloway Activity Centre – Family run outdoor activity centre
- Threave Garden & Estate – National Trust gardens providing a haven for wildlife. See ospreys and Scotland’s only bat reserve
- Cream of Galloway – Wildlife, farm animals, crazy golf and of course delicious ice creams
Or for the more adventurous try Rock Climbing at Meikle Ross, a short walk from our cottages.
After a long day out in the countryside or by the coast come back to Ross Bay Retreat, relax and watch the sun go down. Add a glass of something nice with ice or a cool glass of beer then fire up the BBQ for some ‘al fresco’ dining delights.
We look forward to seeing you and your four legged friends again soon.
All at Ross Bay Retreat