The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

CKD Galbraith offer for sale luxurious family country home in South Ayrshire

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith's Ayr Office is offering for sale Burton Cottage, an outstanding conversion of two traditional country cottages to form a wonderful family home with an excellent level of specification.

Burton Cottage is a truly wonderful conversion of two traditional stone cottages by Dawn Developments, available at offers over £495,000. Situated within a secluded, sheltered plot on the edge of the Carrick Hills, Burton Cottage enjoys fine country views yet is within walking distance of the amenities of Doonfoot and Ayr Shore.

The property extends to approximately 213 square meters and offers generously proportioned accommodation on one level. Glazed oak doors open to a spacious reception hall with bright aspects towards the patio at the rear and stream beyond.

The lounge is an equally bright room with double aspect windows. 

The dining kitchen is the hub of the house and is fully fitted with a range of bespoke handmade units by Alno incorporating an induction hob, central island and granite worktops. Kardean flooring runs through the kitchen to the sun room which is a wonderfully relaxing area. Bi-folding doors form a bay window around the sun room opening to the landscaped gardens and ideal for summer entertaining.

Five bedrooms and a family bathroom complete the accommodation – two bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms and all sanitary ware is Porcelanosa.

Burton Cottage occupies a sheltered plot of approximately one acre entered via electric gates which opens to a gravel sweep at the front of the house and lit by low level lighting. The gardens are fully landscaped and planted with a variety of shrubs and bushes. A large decked patio is enclosed and overlooks a small stream at the rear and in addition there is an integrated double garage with electric doors.  

Burton Cottage is a luxurious country home formed from traditional cottages and enjoys all the benefits of rural living within easy reach of local amenities.

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 250 staff in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen. 

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland. CKD Galbraith also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Lifelong memories of Girvan

South Ayrshire Council is working hard to improve Girvan town centre and part of this involves funding an innovative art project to showcase the ideas of young people in the town transformed into stunning artwork. 

[Pictured: Enjoying the artwork are back row (left to right) Marie McNulty, South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Alec Clark, Councillor Bill Grant, Councillor John McDowall along with David Atkinson, Mingaile Jasine, Paul Ritchie, Lauren Hercus, and Jordan Hercus.]

The artwork reflects the fun that can be had in Girvan, creating happy memories of the seaside town that will last forever. It was decided that the artwork would be used on shop windows which were empty, helping landlords and retailers to brighten their premises and make the town more attractive.  

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “The idea of the project was to improve the look of two empty shop windows, one in Dalrymple Street and one in Knockchusan Street, using vibrant and nostalgic artwork. 

“The colourful artwork visually improves the town centre making it look better and brighter and more inviting by making use of empty premises in a positive way. I hope that this will increase pride in the town and importantly encourage further businesses investment that will bring the units back into use.” 

A group of young people from Glendoune worked with the artist Frank Carty who interpreted the young people’s ideas about the town and harbour and produced the boards for Knockcushan Street. The Dalrymple Street boards imagery is based on the work of Z1 - Girvan Youth Trust who supported Girvan through the summer with a beach front summer programme ‘Girvan − a day at the seaside − a lifelong memory’ and ran the boating lake and pitch and putt.  

Councillor Grant added: “This project clearly demonstrates how easily a street can visually be improved, for both local residents and tourists. Working in partnership with the young people is a great way to get them involved in the regeneration of Girvan town centre.

“We are working hard to improve all our own centres to improve them for residents and visitors.

“It is a particularly exciting time for Girvan with lots to look forward to. Our Council has committed most of the funding for the new leisure and community facility and we are working with the local community to raise the rest of the funds. 

“You can play your part by shopping locally and giving your support to local traders many of whom have long established and reliable businesses in Girvan and other towns in South Ayrshire.”

Another way in which new life is being breathed into Girvan businesses is through a Visual Merchandising Project which is taking place in the town. This project offers support to local businesses by advising the businesses how to present and sell products and services, create and image for the business and attract customers through the door.

For more information about the work within Girvan town centre please contact Marie McNulty at or 01292 616293. 

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ryder Cup showcases food and drink

Scotland’s world-class produce on the world stage

Scotland’s food and drink has been showcased to over 45,000 spectators from 75 countries across the globe every day at the Ryder Cup.

Around 260,000 meals have been catered for over the course of the tournament. The produce used includes:

• 480lbs of Scottish Smoked Salmon
• 20,000 portions of fresh cod & haddock from Scottish Waters
• 1,500lbs of local Perthshire Strawberries
• 20,000 hand-pressed Simon Howie beefburgers 
• 2,400 bottles of Johnnie Walker Whisky

The Ryder Cup is the first major event since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to adopt a Food Charter, and is believed to be the first Ryder Cup to have done so. This means the menu offered local food from sustainable and traceable sources with ethical, safe, and healthy choices wherever possible. 

Any food waste will be sent for anaerobic digestion – helping with the aim to become the first ever zero waste to landfill Ryder Cup.

Speaking following a tour of catering facilities at the Ryder Cup over the weekend, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead said: “The Ryder Cup has been the perfect platform to showcase Scotland’s world-class food and drink to visitors from 75 countries across the globe. 

“Around 260,000 meals have been served during the tournament - that’s more than a quarter of a million opportunities we have had to serve up the finest food and drink Scotland has to offer to players, officials, media and spectators from across the globe. And it was great to see the menus and service areas highlighting the provenance of their quality Scottish ingredients - it is clear a new benchmark has been set for all events held in Scotland to aspire to. 

“We have an outstanding natural larder with impeccable provenance credentials and the quality of the food and drink produced here is among the best to be found anywhere in the world.

“The Ryder Cup comes hot on the heels of the success of the Commonwealth Games and our second Year of Homecoming this year – with 2015 Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. ?These occasions represent an unprecedented economic opportunity for Scottish produce. It’s anticipated that visitors to Scotland in 2014 will spend almost £33 million on food and drink at events, enjoying the delicious local produce we have right on our doorstep.” 

James Withers, Chief Executive Scotland Food & Drink, said: “The Ryder Cup is an iconic event and it was always our ambition to use it as a platform to showcase our Land of Food and Drink. 

“We've had many spectators comment on the quality of produce on offer, with suppliers big and small from the four corners of Scotland supplying the event.

“18 months of work with Ryder Cup Europe and their contract caterers, twinned with funding support from Scottish Government, have set a new benchmark for major event catering in Scotland. This all comes at the perfect time as we prepare for 2015, Scotland's Year of Food and Drink.”

Key Scottish Suppliers include: Loch Fyne Oysters; Amanda Anderson Gigha Isle Halibut; RR Spink & Sons; Fresh Direct Scotland; Albert Bartlett; Hugh Greirson meats; Nairn’s Oatcakes; Stoats; Walker’s Shortbread; Mackies Crisps; Cambus O’ Mey Cheese; Simon Howie; Ochil Foods; Stornoway Black Pudding; Great Glen Charcuterie; Gartmorn Farm Poultry; Mark Bush Rape Seed Oil; Katy Rodger’s Dairy; Hebridean Sea Salt; Gloagfarm Oats.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

MAPgpi invite you to view a great commercial property investment opportunity

Storage Units, International Car Parks, Office Units

Thursday 2 October 2014, Linwood Point, Linwood Road, Paisley

MAP Global Property Investments would like to invite you to view the newly opened Group First facilities at Linwood, Paisley.

If you are an existing Investor, this is an ideal opportunity to come along and see what one of the centres looks like and how it operates.

There will be a presentation on how Group First are progressing, followed by a tour of the facilities. Bring a friend along on the day and let them see what a fantastic opportunity it is that you have chosen.

If you haven’t invested yet or are just considering matters, this event will help answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Date: Thursday 2nd October 2014
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Venue: Group First, Linwood Point, Linwood Road, Paisley PA1 2FB

To Register: Email Carol Gorman at or telephone 01292 317214.


MAP Global Property Investments

Friday, 26 September 2014

South Ayrshire Council announces another first for Carnegie Library

You can now get wired in for free at South Ayrshire Council’s Carnegie Library in Ayr, where for the first time free Wi-Fi connection is available to all library members.

£20,000 of joint funding was provided by SLIC (Scottish Libraries and Information Council) and the Scottish Government to enable a Wi-Fi service to be provided in Carnegie library. The installation was managed by the library team who worked with IT colleagues, Boston Networks and Lorensbergs to bring the project to fruition. 

[Pictured: (left to right) Councillor Bill Grant, Jean Inness, Libraries Co-ordinator, Julie Foster Boston Networks and Michelle Jefford ICT Librarian pictured at the launch.]

Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “South Ayrshire Council library members can now use wireless enabled laptop or mobile devices within the Carnegie Library in Ayr.

“Our libraries are evolving all the time, continually changing to meet the modern needs. Installing Wi-Fi will improve the service for our existing library members and I am sure encourage more people to use the facilities at Carnegie library in Ayr. We currently have over 22,000 members who enjoy all the library facilities.”

Library users can access the Wi-Fi in Carnegie library from their web browser which will automatically direct them to the Wi-Fi log in screen then all they have to do is enter their membership number and your PIN code. Library members can access the system for two hours and visitors for one hour each day. The Wi-Fi system is safe to use as it has the same filter system on it as all Council computers. 

Amina Shah, Chief Executive of SLIC (Scottish Library and Information Council) said: “Introducing free Wi-Fi into South Ayrshire Council’s Carnegie Library means that more people can access harness modern technology while having easy access to other facilities in the library. This is another great example of how libraries meet the needs of the people.”

Councillor Bill Grant added: “We will continue to work to ensure that our libraries remain an outstanding example of how to embrace modern technology and changing ways of consuming information and literature. We led the way with introducing ebooks, and they have been a resounding success.”   

To find out more about this and the wide range of other library facilities available in branches, online and in many other ways log on to 

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Jockey James Doyle wins gold and silver at William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival

By: Iain Ferguson

JOCKEY James Doyle was the star of the show at the 2014 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse, winning both the Gold and Silver Cups.

The southern based rider steered last year’s big race runner-up Louis The Pious to land gold, around an hour after he tasted silver success on the Roger Charlton trained Huntsmans Close.

He wrote his name into the record books when Louis The Pious won, as no jockey has achieved the double before, and he showed his delight as the David O’Meara 10/1 chance crossed the line.

James also captured the opening race, the QTS Handicap on Power Play for Richard Hannon, making it a treble on his first visit to the track in seven years.

Graham Lee was another jockey at the top of his game, riding Dark Reckoning to win the William Hill Firth of Clyde Stakes for trainer Ann Duffield at odds of 25/1 and then partnering the Saeed bin Suroor trained Sky Hunter, the 9/4 favourite, to land the William Hill 80th Anniversary Book Launch Doonside Cup.

And Graham was also among the winners earlier in the week, winning the Nursery Handicap on Roosey for Willie Haggas on Friday and landing the Wallace McDowall Handicap on Orient Class on Thursday.

Keith Dalgleish was the only Scottish trainer on the scoresheet –Harrison’s Cave, ridden by Joe Fanning, won the Grants Fruit Merchants Prestwick Handicap on Thursday, and Beautiful Stranger took the Enterprise Screen 10 Years of Video Handicap on Friday.

Thursday’s prestigious William Hill Handicap for the Kilkerran Cup was won by Fire Fighting, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Joe Fanning.

The glamour gauge was turned up a few notches on Friday – Ladies Day and the final of the ladies competition was held in conjunction with the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup with each finalist during the name of a horse running in the race.

As the 24 runners hurtled down the home straight the screams of the girls watching just yards from the winning post grew louder and louder and it was New Cumnock girl Claire Young who was shouting the loudest as Expose crossed the line in front.

[Pictured: Claire Young receives the keys to her 
prize car from TV soccer pundit Robbie Savage.]

Claire won the star prize – a Vauxhall Adam car courtesy of Kerr & Smith. Llindyn Bollenhagen from Ayr won a holiday to Dubai courtesy of Stewart Travel and Emirates Airlines and Kelly Anderson from Kilmarnock was third winning cosmetic treatments from Coast Clinic.

Almost 12,000 people packed the stands on Saturday and they were treated to a fabulous day of sunshine. In all over the three days 20,000 attended the racing boosting the local economy by millions.

Ayr Racecourse Managing Director David Brown commented: “I think we gave people respite from the politics and all who attended seemed to have a great time. The champagne lawns were full and the atmosphere was one of people enjoying themselves.”

Ayr next races on Tuesday 30 September - September Finale Raceday and the feature race of the day is the £15,000 Betfair Scottish Racing Mile Series Final Handicap.

The first race is due off at 2.10pm with the last race at 5.30pm. For more information on racing at Ayr go online at or call 01292 264179.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Farmland for sale at CKD Galbraith

Scotland’s leading rural consultancy, CKD Galbraith, has recently brought three varying blocks of land to the Scottish market for prospective buyers to purchase as a whole or in separate lots.

The Land at Craigbeck Farm by Moffat (pictured above) extends to about 178.68 acres in total and is available as a whole or in two lots. Craigbeck enjoys a spectacular location in the hills of the Southern Uplands. The nearby town of Moffat, which is synonymous with its unique brand of toffee, provides a wide range of shops, leisure activities and agricultural services.

Lot 1 includes about 105.83 acres in total, comprising of 29.31 acres of grassland and 50.24 acres of permanent pasture and is mostly graded as 4(2). The fields are interspersed with several woodland plantations totalling about 20.83 acres which provide shelter and sporting potential. Also included in lot 1 is a level house site with full planning permission to erect a single story dwelling with a detached double garage (granted in May 2014 and subject to 75 Agreement). 

Available as lot 2 is about 72.85 acres of mainly pasture and rough grazing split between Grade 4(2) and 5(2). The land is also equipped with a modern cattle shed, two outdoor cattle courts and cattle handling pens. 

The property is ideally suited as an outlying holding to an existing enterprise or as a possible start for a new entrant to the industry. 

Land at Craigbeck Farm, by Moffat is for sale as a whole or in two lots, as follows:

• Lot 1: Offers Over: £330,000
• Lot 2: Offers Over: £210,000
• For the Whole: Offers Over: £540,000

The Land at Wellbank, by Dundee (pictured above), is about 46.63 acres in total and is for sale as a whole. This block of productive arable land is likely to appeal to nearby farmers looking to extend their existing operations or for investors looking to make a return in the longer term. The village of Wellbank is approximately half-a-mile away and the land benefits from good access to the City of Dundee. The land is scheduled as being principally Grade 3(1) with a small area of Grade 3(2), and has been cropped for a number of years.  

Land at Wellbank, by Dundee is for sale as a whole for offers over £400,000.

The final block of land brought to the central belt market by CKD Galbraith is the Land at Ledard Farm (pictured above), in Kinlochard near Stirling. For sale as a whole or in two lots the block totals about 23.70 acres of grazing land west of Loch Ard. 

Lot 1 is about 13.86 acres in total and is classified as Grade 5(2). There is approximately 1.85 acres of amenity woodland with the remaining area mainly down to pasture and rough grazing.

Lot 2 is about 9.84 acres and is located a further quarter of a mile along the public road. The land is Grade 5(1) with about 3.10 acres of improved grassland. There is also a private water supply to the west of the subjects.

Land at Ledard Farm, by Kinlochard is for sale as a whole or in 2 Lots, as follows:
• Lot 1: Offers Over: £25,000
• Lot 2: Offers Over: £25,000
• For the Whole: Offers Over: £50,000

Handling the sales for CKD Galbraith is Duncan Barrie, who said: “These three blocks represent the wide range of agricultural land currently available in Scotland, from the highly productive arable land in the east, mixed grazing and silage ground in the south west, to attractive grazing and amenity land in the central belt. We therefore expect each block to generate interest from a variety of different potential purchasers as a result.” 

For further information please contact CKD Galbraith’s National Farm Sales office in Stirling on 01786 434 600.

About CKD Galbraith 

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 225 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, Peebles, Alyth and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying an international presence. 

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing in excess of 1 million acres of land across the country.

CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England. The partnership also enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival will draw the crowds to Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR is bracing itself for another busy weekend when crowds of more than 20,000 head to the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse.

The three day extravaganza gets under way on Thursday, and Ladies Day is on  Friday, with Ayr Gold Cup Saturday attracting the biggest crowd of the week with around 12,000 expected.

Businesses are in for a bonanza as hotel rooms within a 15 mile radius of Ayr are nearly all sold out and restaurants, bars, hairdressers and taxi firms all in for a boom time.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith said: “We are really encouraged by our advance sales both for entrance tickets and for corporate hospitality. We have also been given a boost with a weather forecast that says it will be dry with sunny spells, so our lawns should be packed.”

In addition to the racing there is live entertainment for three hours after racing, with bands appearing in the Horseshoe Bar, and in addition on Friday and Saturday nights West FM’s Colin McArdle appears in the Ayrshire Suite.

A jazz band will be playing on the lawns during racing on Friday and Saturday and a Beatles tribute act Penny Lane will be in the Tented Village on Saturday again playing before and during racing.

On Ladies Day on Friday the final of Ayr Racecourse’s Ladies Competition is held. Up to 27 ladies will have won a place in the final and each will draw the name of a horse running in the Bronze Cup.

The lady who draws the winning horse wins a fabulous Vauxhall Adam Glam 1.4 courtesy of Kerr & Smith, runner-up prize is a fabulous holiday for two to Dubai courtesy of Stewart Travel with the winner and a friend flying from Glasgow to Dubai with Emirates Airlines and enjoying four nights at the four star Vida Downtown Dubai a great location close to Burj Khalifa, Dubai mall. And third prize is cosmetic treatments from Coast Clinic.

Channel 4 will screen four races live on Saturday and celebrities visiting the racing over the weekend include TV football pundit Robbie Savage and Miss Scotland Ellie McKeating.

For more information on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival call 01292 264179 or go online at 

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.

Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.