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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 that have stayed with us

  • 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
  • We were lucky enough to be the first guests here to welcome in the New Year at Craigbittern. The house is huge and beautifully furnished and decorated. Everything you can think of has been provided - a kitchen equipped to cook roast goose for 12, a treasure hunt and games for the kids, an Xbox, table football and table tennis for the big kids, books, jigsaws and more dvds than we have at home! The weather was perfect, which meant the walk through to Kippford on New Year's Day was stunning. All in all an amazing weekend in an amazing house.
    Emma Porter- Craigbittern
  • The beautiful views of the Irish Sea from the house led me into a morning run to the beach to discover a stunning landscape of green hills, shallow waters and steep cliffs. Definitely made an exceptional start to my Saturday! The house is furnished to a very high standard and made us feel cost and warm. For those wanting to spend quality time with their friends, this is the perfect retreat (the house accommodates 13 people!).
    Manuel Fernandez Isabel- Craigbittern
  • What a perfect place to celebrate with friends! The house is beautiful with real fires and huge sofas to relax on with a film, book or just enjoy the wonderful sea views - the beach is just across from the house. We had fun playing table tennis in the games room! The surrounding area is great for walking but I found it hard to leave the house and gardens as this is one of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed at!
    Ros Rowcroft- Craigbittern
  • I recently spent the weekend at this beautiful house and recommend it highly. The house itself is decorated and furnished to a very high standard with lots of attention to detail. It's very well equipped with everything you need for a very comfortable stay. The kids were never bored with the games room, den and toys to keep them entertained. As well as the house being beautiful it is set in beautiful surroundings, right on the beach and with some lovely walks near by. We had a fantastic weekend and hope to return again soon
    Rebecca Cameron Crawley- Craigbittern

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