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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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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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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 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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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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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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Scottish Thistle Awards – West Regional Finalist.

Ross Bay Retreat – Best Self Catering Accommodation Finalist – West Region We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised and shortlisted as a Scottish Thistle Award Regional Finalist for the West Region 2019/2020. A massive thank you to all our lovely guests we have had staying with us over the last five

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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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Our own design…………….

Well, we are always looking for ways to improve what we do here at Ross Bay Retreat, and we thought how about designing our own whiteware? Because life is better by the sea….   thats our thought, and we felt that our guests may just smile when they pick up a mug or enjoy their

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