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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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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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Around this time of year………..

When Galloway was like Corsica Around this time of year, we notice the swallows by their absence. One day they are here, the next they are gone as they leave Ross Bay Retreat and begin their incredible migration thousands of miles south. We miss them darting about the skies overhead, building nests and raising their

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I name this ship……..

  I name this ship I’ve just been thinking about this time three years ago when I was asked to name and launch a boat from Ross Bay by some of our regular guests (well, being completely honest I was reminded by Facebook, other applications are available!). Here’s the story of how it came about.

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The hills over the water………….by Liz Woodham……

The hills over the water As you relax on the balcony of your Ross Bay Retreat, sipping the beverage of your choice, you may wonder about the Cumbrian hills visible over the Solway Firth. The hills you can see on a clear day (and we’ve had plenty of those this summer!) are the Northern, North

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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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