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Sunset at Ross Bay

What do Guests Love Most About Visiting Ross Bay Retreat?

So many of our guests have been to Ross Bay return year after year, some guests over 12-15 times. It is lovely  to welcome new guests so they too can enjoy the full Ross Bay holiday experience and hopefully return like the migrating birds every year. We know why we love it here but what

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Loch Ken - Galloway Forest Park

Guide to the Wild Side of Southern Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway has often been regarded as the ‘most overlooked part of Scotland’ as many head further north to the Highlands and Islands. However visitors can enjoy some of the best kept secrets and charms that it boasts. Ideal for those who fancy something on the wild side different. And without the crowds. Galloway

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Woodland red squirrel

6 Great Wildlife & Nature Areas around Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is beautiful and offers a variety of habitats that host rich wildlife, birdlife, flora, fauna and nature. These habitats include mountains, moorland, lochs, marshlands, woodlands, forests, rivers, coastal, and farmland. From starling murmurations, wild deer, red kites hunting, nesting wildfowl, natterjack toads to otters fishing in the River Dee. There is so

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Spring season starts here…….

Well we have had the daffodils……now calves and lambs en their way…..we call it silly season.  It goes by so fast with not a minute to spare, running around like I don’t know what’s!!! That is being polite…….you never know how many hours are in the day until you don’t have any left……. Our lovely

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We never get snow she says……!!

Well, what can we say.  We say we never get snow here, we are on the edge of the Gulf stream…….anyway we had a little fluttering the other day.  Great change to the view from the holiday cottages across the bay which only appears to be a few feet long!!  It came as quickly as

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Eat, drink & be merry they say………….

Well 2022 certainly has passed by in a whirl….. with 2023 just around the corner. All ready for our guests cakes, a few presents and maybe a hamper to help celebrations along the way. A stay at Ross Bay for Christmas or New Year makes some wonderful Christmas memories whether it is with family and

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On a cold and frosty morning………..

Another beautifully different piece of scenery but its still Ross Bay……..  Just dressed in a coat of white frost……..all crisp and crunchy with the fresh air nipping your nose, cooling the airways, fingers and toes……. No pollution down here at Ross Bay either light, or air making your stay here all the more relaxing and

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dog walking holidays at Ross Bay Retreat

Dog Walking Holidays around Ross Bay Retreat & Kirkcudbright

Ross Bay Retreat, near Kirkcudbright, offers the one of the ultimate dog walking holidays. We are so lucky to have such wonderful countryside, wild coastal paths and great sea views direct from our doorstep. Walking is one of the very best ways to experience, enjoy and explore the natural surroundings. So who better to take

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Wild Meadow flowers

Embrace the Wonderful Biodiversity at Ross Bay

We had a visit from a lovely gentleman and group of specialist botanists at Ross Bay earlier in the year. They were keen to establish the extent of biodiversity of the plants, wild flowers in and around our farm counting and identifying the various species. They also matched them with their geographical status across the

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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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