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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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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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Happy New Year…………2020.

A lovely breakaway at New Year at Ross Bay Retreat can blow away the cobwebs literally……….and recharge your batteries to take on the challenges of a new year.  The bay can be calm and quiet, yet over the field towards the Isle of Man, the story can be very different.  Roaring seas can be heard

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Philippa and Bonita take to the showing……..

Well we had a night out………not like you imagine………Philippa took our first dairy calf to the Holstein show held at Castle Douglas and they earned themselves a second prize in the Young Handler. Her show name is Sugarhill Applecrisp Bonita………gosh I hear you say…… thats a fair name……..how did they come up with that………well, Sugarhill

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New silage wrap…………..greener farming……

Well, at Ross Farm we are always looking for innovative ways to do things better, be forward thinking and proactive, improve how we do things, and review our impact on the countryside, environment and the farm. So……….for our second cut of grass / silage we were going to make it into the large round bales

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Green Tourism – Silver Award

Ross Bay Retreat & Overdale Cottage A qualified assessor for Green Tourism undertook a Green Check for the above named site. This is a summary of the activities being undertaken on site in relation to the Green Tourism criteria. This Green Check report is a statement on the performance of the business as a sustainable

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Autumn is approaching…….

Well down here at Ross, someone has switched the button to say the Summer sunshine and heat is off and the winds of Autumn are here…….its not cold though I have to say.  We have been sorting cattle here on the farm, the pedigree limousins should be in calf due to calve in Springtime.  We

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Great scenery…..

Just doing that lovely summertime job of going around the animals out on the fields with the camera in tow as the sun is shining………… We are split for choice for a lovely photo to use but this secret little alcove / mini bay is just so cute…….could just sit there and listen to the

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Biodiversity, linking farming and the environment………..

How is that for a lovely photo, even if I do say so myself………….the Ross peninsular really encourages you to take the camera on a trip around the animals out grazing the land, its a lovely job on a sunny day but as many of you will know when the wind is blowing and horizontal

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Silage time……….

It soon comes around, grass grown and ready to be cut and collected, then put into the silage pit, covered over and getting ready for Winter feed for the cattle, a bit like soaking the fruit to get the Christmas cake ready!!  Some of the grass we have left to wilt a little longer and

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