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An evening with the freelance ranger

- July 19, 2016 -


We were lucky enough to enjoy a ranger session with Dark Sky Ranger Elizabeth Tindal at Sandyhills beach on the Colvend Coast. Elizabeth has many years experience as a ranger in Dumfries and Galloway and you are unlikely to find any one more knowledgeable about the outdoor world in this region.


Our session was catering for young children (aged 2 to 5) and Elizabeth has the perfect skills to get such a difficult audiences attention! First we met Elizabeth at the agreed meeting point and gathered at her car to help prepare for the session, the children were involved from the word go and relished in helping carry the equipment to our destination. There was much excitement when they saw the fire pit and marshmallows!



We headed down to the beach to pick the best spot for our session. Sandyhills is such a stunning beach and the perfect place to spend a sunny Sunday evening. All the children ran in different directions at first, thrilled to be there! Elizabeth soon had them gathered around and we learned about fire safety through games.



Then we lit the fire with a flint and toasted marshmallows, made chocolate bananas and even made our own bread cooked with the help of a whittled stick. The whole evening was informative and relaxed, the children absolutely loved it.


The rangers project offers so many options for different groups, not just for the young. They are tailored to suit the group and can include bush craft, outdoor art, stargazing, wildlife spotting and identification and many more options beside. If you wish to book a private session with one of the Dark Sky Rangers simply click here. Alternatively you can contact Elizabeth via her website here.


Happy Clients who have stayed with us

  • Okay, so the best thing about Craigbittern was the space, it was large enough not to be tripping over each other (we were three families, including 6 teenagers). We often go away together, but in other places we have been a bit cramped at some point (parking, kitchen, dining, whatever..). Actually the dinning room is fabulous and we all sat together at the table for dinner which does not happen very often any more. And the games room was a hit. Oh, and I got 4G (on Vodafone) which is a rarity in this part of the country. The wifi’s fine, but it was getting hammered by the kids. We had a very lovely holiday stay in a chilly mid-February and would very happily come back again
    Iain Forrest-Craigbittern
  • What a stunning house. We loved everything from the fully stocked kitchen to the cosy decor to the open fires and luxurious bedrooms. They've thought of everything - even a games room, x box, and treasure hunt for the kids!
    Jenny Fitzgerald-Craigbittern
  • Perfect is the only way to describe this property and it's surroundings. The house itself set in a stunning location, with each room furnished to a very high standard is so warming and welcoming. If you can pull yourself away from the property, you are never short of things to do, with the beach across the road and coastal walk to the beautiful coastal villages Rockliffe and Kippford. Such an amazing place, perfect for a family get together or group of friends, can't recommend enough. Will definitely be back in the near future.
    Kristofer Lorimer- Craigbittern
  • My first trip to Scotland was to gorgeous Craigbittern House. Stayed with 10+ friends, loved the beautiful landscape, long walks and coming "our" stylish (decorated so tastefully!), comfortable house to enjoy the fireplace. They thought of everything, including the a big collection of dvds and a game room! Best weekend getaway and can't wait to go back to explore more!
    Idil Akyol-Craigbittern
  • We stayed in the winter and it was a warm, beautiful and we'll equipped base from which to explore - really luxurious!! We will be back
    Thom Groot- Craigbittern

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