The Blog: Green Tourism

Wild Meadow flowers

Embrace the Wonderful Biodiversity at Ross Bay

We had a visit from a lovely gentleman and group of specialist botanists at Ross Bay earlier in the year. They were keen to establish the extent of biodiversity of the plants, wild flowers in and around our farm counting and identifying the various species. They also matched them with their geographical status across the

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welcome celebration cake

Homemade Cakes Await Guests at Ross Bay Retreat

We love welcoming our guests to Ross Bay Retreat, we also love baking.  Cakes are made to be shared and we enjoy leaving out a little  surprise ‘wow’ for our guests on arrival. There is nothing better than the smell and sight of a freshly homemade cake to help relax our guests into their holiday.

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Red Kite in Flight

Great Days Out – Follow the Galloway Red Kite Trail

Have you seen the red kite in flight? It is a magnificent and graceful bird of prey, quite majestic  sight as its soars in flight. Saved from natural extinction, red kites have been successfully re-introduced to the UK and there are now over 4,600 breeding pairs nationwide. Visit the Galloway Red Kite Trail and enjoy

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Fresh Local Produce

Fresh Local Produce, Farm Shops, Seafood, Distilleries & Craft Breweries

A visit to our beautiful area is not complete without experiencing and tasting the local produce. You will soon realise that Scotland has so much more to offer than just superb our whiskies, haggis, tatties & neeps. We are blessed with a wonderful coastline, fertile land, experienced skilled farmers and producers of fine meat, wonderful

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Best Beaches for Family Walks & Dog Walking in & around Ross Bay

Dumfries & Galloway is well known for its outstanding beauty, incredible scenery, dark night skies & its wonderful coastline, however we are so lucky to have some great beaches too. Many are ideal to enjoy coastal walks as well being able to take our four legged friends to as well as relaxing, having a picnic

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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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Ross Bay Retreat Beach

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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Coast and Country Escape in one,
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Destination Balcary is a self catering holiday house in Dumfries and Galloway, with breathtaking scenery when you wish to stay in a place like no other...

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