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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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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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A new year welcome for pets staying at Ross Bay Retreat…….

Dogs are welcomed (and loved) down here at Ross Bay, and as we leave a welcome cake for our 2 legged people, we though it was time to leave a welcome pack for each of our 4 legged friends for when they arrive on their holidays. …………. there is a ball to exercise those excited

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Ross Bay Retreat…. Scottish Thistle Awards……..2019

Scottish Thistle Awards 2019 / 2020   Ross Bay Retreat – Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist – West Region We are very excited here at Ross Bay Retreat as the Scottish Thistle Awards day is fast approaching and we have been nominated. The date that we will biting our nails, crossing our fingers and gently

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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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The cottages…….

We have now had Byre by the Sea opened for a few weeks and got over a few little teething problems…….we have a few bookings for next year too so that makes us smile.  This weekend we see the Tour of Britain cycling race ending in Kirkcudbright so that should be a spectacle not to

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You could be anywhere……….

Well, what a lovely job on a nice day, jumping on the quad bike, setting off to look around the cattle, sheep and land to see all is well and in order……….decided to take the camera with me as the sun was shining and things were under control on this particular day!! Its amazing how

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