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Historic Sites & Local Heritage Around Ross Bay Retreat

Steeped in rich history, the local area around Ross Bay offers a wide range of historic sites and hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Whether you are fascinated by neolithic monuments, old castle ruins, Gothic abbey’s, Iron Age forts to the more recent industrial heritage, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Step Back

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Milky Way Forest

Stargazing at Ross Bay Retreat

The dark skies at Ross Bay Retreat and Dumfries & Galloway are some of the best in the UK. We have very little light pollution here making it a great place for stargazing. On a clear night outside our holiday cottages you can see thousands of stars, wonderful astronomical sights as well as spectacular views of

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great local walks

Ross Bay Retreat – Guest Favourites & Our Local Recommendations

Explore Ross Bay & Dumfries & Galloway We are so lucky to have so much to see and do right on our doorstep here at Ross Bay. Here are some of our guest’s favourite places to visit and our local recommendations. Fancy heading out for a bite to eat or drink, there are some of

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Visit Kirkcudbright

8 Great Reasons to Visit Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright is pronounced as ‘ker-coo-bree’, it is only 6.5 miles away from Ross Bay Retreat and a great place to visit during your stay. Visit Kirkcudbright for a friendly and colourful town with pastel painted houses and shop fronts.  There is distinctly artistic vibe to it as it has attracted generations of creative artists, painters

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Hereford Bull at Ross Bay

Meet ‘Vindicator’ – Our Resident Hereford Bull

Meet ‘Vindicator’, our handsome resident Hereford Bull here at Ross Bay Farm. Vindicator has about 20 lovely ladies to look after and just lives happily along with the other cattle all year around. As a ‘breeding bull’ he has a very important job serving our lady cows to breed herd replacements for our farm. His

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Ross Bay Peninsula

Spring into Summer

Resourceful Lambs Well, those little singles, twins and sometimes triplet lambs of a few months ago are much older, larger but not very much more wiser now. The saying ‘the grass is always greener’ must have been invented by a farmer watching a sheep or lamb forcing its head (and sometimes itself!) under or through

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ross bay peninsula

Welcome Back – Come & Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Ross Bay Retreat

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

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Ross Bay Retreat Welcomes You Back to our Secluded Coastal Idyll

Welcome Back to Ross Bay Retreat We are delighted and very excited to be soon be welcoming guests back at Ross Bay Retreat. In accordance with the Scottish Government our first guests will be welcoming guests back from 10th July onwards. If you have a booking and anything changes to the contrary we will of

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Scottish Thistle Awards Pipers

Finalists at the Scottish Thistle Awards 2019/2020

Celebrating Excellence in Scottish Tourism In less than two weeks time, the regional winners announced last autumn will battle it out to determine the 2019/2020 National Winners at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final. These are held to recognise and celebrate excellence in Scottish Tourism. Not only were we delighted to be nominated as a ‘Best

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Ross Bay Aerial View

How Guests Can Enjoy Going Green at Ross Bay Retreat

The Benefits of Green Tourism & Our Commitment What is green tourism and how can visitors to Ross Bay Retreat enjoy the benefits of going green? Here at Ross Bay and we strive to implement green initiatives and enable sustainable farming. This benefits the farm animals, local wildlife, the environment, landscape and nature, making the

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