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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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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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Ross Bay Retreat announced as Scottish Thistle Awards Winners

Wow, what a night out in Glasgow last week and such fun too! We were delighted and pleasantly shocked to be nominated as Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist for the West Region of Scotland but absolutely stunned to be announced as Scottish Thistle Awards winners in our regional category. The superb Gala Awards Dinner evening

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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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Lambing time is getting started………….

Well, when we scanned the ewes over the Christmas period, we knew lambing was going to be a little later this year.  We usually start on Valentines day!  We have had a few lambs but things are still slow……….all mums holding tight to their unborn lambs just waiting for this nice weather to disappear and

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Taking a pet for a walk…….

Well, just as I was getting the tea out of the oven, minding my own business there was a tap on the window……….Stephen and his animal!!  He was just taking it out for a walk on the halter and teaching it to stand correctly for the showring.  We just caught this nice photo as they

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Straw here and straw there………

Well, got some combining done in Yorkshire and we have been efficient at having it delivered up here to stock up for Winter.  Barley straw is used for both feed and bedding up here on the farm.  The cattle enjoy the roughage of it mixed and chopped up in with the silage, as well as

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Sailing fun……out on the water……

Well……we had some fun out sailing in the bay on our Seastrike.  Calm tides, gentle waves – just how we like it. Lots to see with a different view from out on the water, cattle, sheep, coastline and grassland. Lovely picnic afterwards – just what was needed for a lovely excursion!

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Roxey our little cocker spaniel enjoying the view.

A lovely walk over the hill and down to the sea is sometimes all you need for a recharge – Roxey enjoyed stopping to take in the view, unless it was a deer she had spotted!

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Muck spreading.

Dry ground equals muck spearing on the farmland! Our bedding from winter is all loaded into the rota spreader and spread across the fields to make the grass grow. A natural fertiliser which also adds soil depth for the grass roots to make growing much better. Green grass equals happy contented cows and sheep (husband

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