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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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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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The Bug Hotel…….

Having recently visited the Cream O Galloway and attended the Ethical Farming Conference there earlier this month, David and I had food for though (pardon the pun!)  We have already planted some wild flower areas on the farm to encourage the bees and butterflies, but we thought we could do more so watch out for

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Kirkcudbright Festival of Light………..au naturale!

Well, Kirkcudbright is celebrating with the festival of light, the town looks amazing with all the displays, light projections, trees in the Soaperie gardens lit up along with the shops and house windows lit up in a display of glory. Here down at Ross Bay we are more familiar with the real dark skies, no

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Walking at Kippford.

A visit to beautiful Kippford is a must.  Seeing the moored boats with their tinkling bells, smelling the fresh sea air and following the Jubilee path to Rockcliffe is a real treat.  Walking along the coastal road and peeping at all the hidden surprises along the way makes you feel like a child at heart……….how

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Fun in the sea……

When you stay with us at Ross Bay you are never far from the seaside, and lovely beaches.  Ours here is on the muddy side, but safe, and actually quiet……….if you head to the neighbouring sandy beaches of Brighouse Bay, the Dhoon Bay, Carrick, Sandgreen, or Mossyard equally beautiful views and fun can be had……children,

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The Big Lit, 19-22nd April 2019.

Its here and on at Gatehouse of Fleet, whet your literary appetite and see whats going on…….

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What’s happening locally……we have been too busy to know!

That’s a terrible thing to say but…….oh my goodness we have been busy. The sheep have been lambing, cows calving, my mum has broken her hip and is staying with us to get mended, we have missed our upholstery classes for a couple of weeks, but now………the weather has settled, lambing nearly finished, and we

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What’s happening in Kirkcudbright? I can’t see!

Just out and about on the hills around the farm. You sometimes have to stop and look at the breathtaking views even when the wind in perishingly cold and your face is tingling. Looking from the field down the estuary to Kirkcudbright……but I can’t see far enough. Its only 6 miles to pop in the

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Leaves all gone………….

A few cold spells, and breezes here in Kirkcudbright has seen most of the leaves fall off the trees.  I suppose though it does make way for seeing some more of the views through the bare trees, and those lovely walks with the cold fresh air as you sniff…………hats, coats and gloves on and enjoy

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