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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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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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