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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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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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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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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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Autumn is approaching…….

Well down here at Ross, someone has switched the button to say the Summer sunshine and heat is off and the winds of Autumn are here…….its not cold though I have to say.  We have been sorting cattle here on the farm, the pedigree limousins should be in calf due to calve in Springtime.  We

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Silage time……….

It soon comes around, grass grown and ready to be cut and collected, then put into the silage pit, covered over and getting ready for Winter feed for the cattle, a bit like soaking the fruit to get the Christmas cake ready!!  Some of the grass we have left to wilt a little longer and

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Deer running across the bay…….

Well we have lots of deer down here at Ross Bay, and my daughter was lucky enough to have spotted these two, and grabbed the camera and took the photograph from our house window………so I could pinch it and put it on here!!  It is such a special place down here and all you have

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