The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

CKD Galbraith offers for sale superb country house situated in idyllic rural Ayrshire location

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Drumcoyle House, by Coylton, Ayrshire, a superb country house situated in an idyllic rural location just six miles from Ayr with beautiful views across the rich parkland of Sundrum Estate and the countryside around. 


The property extends to about twenty acres and has first class equestrian facilities as well as a detached holiday cottage which provides an additional source of income through the summer months.

Internally Drumcoyle House is bright and modern with well-proportioned rooms and a simple “Mediterranean” feel. 


The breakfasting kitchen has excellent storage and ample space for a large dining table and chairs. There is also a separate dining room adjacent to the kitchen. 


The sunroom is a wonderful room, warmed with a log burning stove and with views across the manicured gardens. 


Two bedrooms and a bathroom are located on the ground floor and there is also a living room with a little kitchen and bathroom off which can be used as a self-contained apartment. Two further ensuite bedrooms are located on the first floor.

Stables Cottage is a charming pied-a-terre situated within the grounds of Drumcoyle and currently operating as a successful holiday let during the summer and autumn months. It reflects the standards of the main house with an open plan living and kitchen area and two ensuite bedrooms.


The policies of Drumcoyle are immaculate. A tarmac driveway sweeps up to the house bordered by a level well-tended lawn and gravel chips. 


At the rear there is a delightful pond sheltered by mature trees and crossed by an ornate metal bridge. 

The equestrian facilities are excellent. A purpose built stable block houses 12 stables and there is an adjoining WC and first aid room. In addition there is a large sand arena and turn out arena. The grazing land extends to about 18 acres in five well fenced fields.

Offers Over £675,000 are being sought.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith

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

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  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 CKD Kennedy Macpherson.


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


Trainer Keith Dalgleish and Maleficent Queen win at Ayr Racecourse

BY: Iain Ferguson

TRAINER Keith Dalgleish hailed his super filly Maleficent Queen, the 3-1 favourite, after she made it five wins from six runs when winning the £50,000 British Stallion Studs EBF Tennent’s Rothesay Stakes, a Listed Race over a mile and a quarter at Ayr’s Tennent’s Raceday last week.


[Trainer Keith Dalgleish (third right) with jockey Phil Makin 
and connections of his big Ayr winner Maleficent Queen.]

Keith said: ”As soon as this race was announced I had it in mind for her. She won here last September and obviously likes the track and she win well again today.

“I’ll speak to the owner and we may go for a group race next and might put her up in trip to a mile and a half.”

For the second Ayr meeting in a row Irish trainer Adrian Keatley saddled a treble. He started the ball rolling when Nice Vintage (3-1 favourite), ridden by Kieren Fallon, won the one mile two furlong CCE Enterprises Handicap by three and a quarter lengths from Grand Canyon.

The second leg of the three timer saw Anonymous Lady (3-1 joint favourite), again ridden by Kieren Fallon, get up on the line to win the five furlong Jacks On Fire Handicap from Classy Anne. And the treble was completed by Millefiori (4-1), the mount of young Robbie Dolan in the Franklin & Sons Apprentice Handicap.

Adrian, dashing to board a private plane from Prestwick back to Ireland, said: “I thought we would do well today and it’s great to have another treble at Ayr – it’s certainly my lucky course and it’s great to have Kieren riding for me.”

The biggest price winner of the day was the Jim Goldie trained Lady Cordie in division two of the six furlong handicap. The 33-1 chance, ridden by Joe Doyle, held off Insolenceofoffice by a nose.

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.


Friday, 13 May 2016

Belleisle Golf Clubhouse is officially opened ahead of the busy summer season

Course designer’s family give new facility their seal of approval

The new Belleisle Clubhouse in Ayr has been officially opened by South Ayrshire Council. The ribbon was cut for the new £1.5m facility on Wednesday 11 May, with golfers already descending on an impressive new structure which significantly improves facilities for golfers and guests.


The Belleisle championship course was designed by James Braid in 1927 and remains one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland, viewed by many as one of the best public inland courses in the country. James Braid’s granddaughters Marjorie Mackie and Betty Hope and his great granddaughter Fiona Collins were the special guests of honour at the event, where they saw first-hand how their famous relative’s legacy was being preserved for future generations.

The clubhouse was officially opened by South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie.


Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said the new clubhouse was a facility to be proud of, “This fabulous new building is the perfect fit with the surrounding courses which have built up an enviable reputation across Scotland and further afield.

“The clubhouse is a versatile building that provides modern facilities that will help to nurture the next generation of golfers, but will also play a role in community life, with a range of functions and events able to be held here.

“I’m confident that everyone that visits this eye-catching landmark will agree that the new clubhouse has been worth the wait, and it will help to attract fresh interest from golfers from around the world in the years ahead.”

The new Clubhouse features modern changing accommodation, a new professional golf shop, new starter facilities, club rooms, lounge area, and a golf simulator room. The clubhouse will operate as a family-orientated licenced premise with capacity for 180 people. A full-range of services including bar meals, receptions, televised sports, as well as outdoor events, will all be catered for.

Marjorie Mackie said the development meant that her grandfather’s work would continue to be enjoyed well into the 21st century, “This wonderful clubhouse perfectly complements the surrounding grounds and I’m sure my grandfather would have approved. 

“Belleisle and Seafield are the second of his double courses, after his Gleneagles Kings and Queens, which leaves these two courses in good company.

“My family and I are delighted to have been asked to attend as guests of honour at the official opening, with the family all very proud of our association with golf at Belleisle.” 

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


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Ayrshire property market sets the pace

Property sales across Ayrshire have been driven forward by cash buyers making successful offers and quick sales according to CKD Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.

The firm is reporting that a high number of successful sales completed during the first quarter of the year has allowed buyers to progress quickly with their next purchase and is resulting in an increasingly stable property chain in the region.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office reported that it had sold more than double the number of properties in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same quarter of last year. There has also been a 19% rise in the supply of houses in comparison to the last three months of 2015.


Bob Cherry (pictured above), head of residential sale at the CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “The general uplift in the region’s property market can be equated to the increased volume of successful sales at the start of the year, which lead in turn to an increase in buyers ready to purchase their next property.

“The boost of active buyers to Ayrshire is also helping to ensure smooth buying and selling processes. The quickest sale during the first quarter of this year took only 12 days to receive a successful offer and is a reflection of the steady movement the market is experiencing.”

The Ayrshire lettings market has also experienced a very positive first quarter according to head of lettings for the region, Marjory Douglas, who added: “The lettings market across Scotland remains very healthy with high level of demand and competition for good quality lets. Demand in Ayrshire during the first quarter of the year increased by 20% compared to the same period last year, in part due to the number of successful sellers renting local property temporarily before finding their next house to buy.” 

CKD Galbraith operates a network of regional offices located throughout the country and figures for the firm as a whole during the first quarter of 2016 demonstrate healthy growth and significant movement of home owners throughout Scotland. The firm has reported a 29% increase in the volume of sales achieved compared to the same period last year, with 36% of buyers coming from across the UK reflecting the wide appeal of the Scottish market.

About CKD Galbraith

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

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  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 CKD Kennedy Macpherson.


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


Elite Ayrshire Business Circle NEXT MEETING

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle MEETING
Friday 3 June, 12pm – 2pm
Dansarena Studios, 9 Fort Street, Ayr KA7 1HU


The next networking meeting of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle will be held between 12 noon and 2pm on Friday 3 June.

The venue will be Dansarena Studios, 9 Fort St Ayr KA7 1HU.

Topic of the day will be the regeneration of Ayr Town Centre.

The principal speakers will be David Bell, managing director of Ayr Renaissance, and Rebecca Cadie and Gordon Fleming, directors of ARPL Architects Ltd.

Complimentary buffet luncheon refreshments will be provided.



Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Scottish first as night-time spectacular lights up skies and launches Scottish International Airshow 2016

A night-time flying and fireworks spectacular – the first of its kind in Scotland – is set to kick-off this year’s new-look Scottish International Airshow on Friday 2 September.

The new-look Airshow – for which South Ayrshire Council is the main sponsor and funding partner – will include aerobatic fun and excitement at the Low Green at Ayr seafront on Friday 2 AND Saturday 3 September, giving more people than ever before the chance to see some incredible flying close up.


The fun kicks off on Friday 2 September with a funfair and live music before the world-renowned Aerosparx – who recently took part in celebrations for HRH The Queen’s 90th birthday – take to the skies with an incredible sky-high pyrotechnics show that’s sure to wow crowds.


With some fabulous flying courtesy of the amazing Blades Aerobatic Team, and a live music premium tent, the Friday night programme for the Scottish International Airshow 2016 will make sure festivities get going with a bang.

Saturday sees the return of the Royal Marines and the world-famous Red Arrows, who proved a massive hit with the crowds last year.


Meanwhile it will be the first appearance for the RAF Falcons Parachute team, who will be showing off their skills with a stunning aerobatic display. Lauren Richardson – t he British female aerobatic champion – will also be making an appearance on both days.

Other Saturday highlights include the World War Two Battle of Britain Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane, as well as the loudest aircraft on the airshow circuit – the RAF Typhoon. 


Doug Maclean, Event Manager for the Scottish International Airshow, said: “We’re very enthusiastic about what we’ve planned for 2016 knowing we will continue to excite and wow the crowds with some of the most amazing aircraft, pilots and displays they will ever see. The acts we have coming along are truly world-class and the fact they all want to come and take part in our event shows that the Airshow has continued to grow from strength to strength.  

“We’re very lucky to have some incredible sponsors, without whom the event simply couldn’t happen – South Ayrshire Council, Event Scotland, Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Virgin Media – and we are grateful for their support.

“We’re also indebted to the thousands of people who come along and we would encourage anyone planning a trip to the Scottish International Airshow to check out the great value packages we have on offer this year. But don’t wait too long as numbers are limited!”

While access to the Scottish International Airshow will continue to be free for both days, spaces in a number of exclusive premium ticketed areas will be available, offering the best seats in the house with access to toilets, refreshments and live entertainment. This includes, for the first time, a family enclosure with access to picnic tables, toilets, parking and baby changing.  Welcoming disabled facilities will also be provided.

For plane-spotters and aircraft lovers, there are exclusive packages available that give access to some of the best photo spots as well as an exclusive, up close photo session with some of the aircraft at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Details of the different packages – what you get and how much they cost – are all available from the Scottish International Airshow website: www.tsia.scot. 

South Ayrshire Council – the main sponsor for the event – has contributed £120,000 towards the Scottish International Airshow 2016. Alongside Glasgow Prestwick Airport, it’s also supporting a Scottish International Airshow trade event on Friday 2 September.

The Council’s Chief Executive, Eileen Howat, said: “The Scottish International Airshow has grown in magnitude and 2016’s line-up is undoubtedly set to be the best yet. 

“Last year around 120,000 people enjoyed the air display and demand has led to the addition of another day of flying and entertainment on the Friday. Not only is this a great family event, but it gives the local economy a real boost, generating over £5 million last year, which is something we all benefit from.

“We’re happy to continue our support for the Scottish International Airshow and, given our position as the aerospace hub of Scotland, we’re particularly pleased to support the trade and industry event as well as the family fun days. Let’s just hope the sun shines once again this year!”

Richard Jenner, Glasgow Prestwick Airport Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to be working for a third year with the Scottish Airshow team and South Ayrshire Council to support the delivery of this fantastic event. The Airshow offers a great opportunity to tell the story of Ayrshire’s long history of aviation and it helps to put us on the map as a hub for aviation and aerospace.  

“As well as delivering the infrastructure, handling and air traffic control services required to put on an event like this, we will be working with the Airshow organisers to offer exclusive access to our airfield for special ticket holders.

“In addition to the support for the public event, we will be working with the Council and a number of other partners to deliver a week-long science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event for young people interested in a career in aerospace and a number of other STEM industries. There will also be a one day industry conference. All of this will fall under the Scottish International Airshow banner – extending the event to almost a week long programme that covers off education, economic benefits and entertainment.” 

For full details of the Scottish International Airshow 2016 line-up and ticket information, go to www.tsia.scot. Alternatively, you can keep up to date with the latest news on twitter, using #ScotAir2016.

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


Friday, 29 April 2016

Treble at Ayr Racecourse for Irish trainer Adrian Keatley

By Iain Ferguson

IRISH trainer Adrian Keatley took the honours on the opening day of the 2016 flat season at Ayr Racecourse. saddling a treble with former six-time champion jockey Keiren Fallon riding two of the winners.

The Curragh-based handler sent out Mo Henry to win the Watch on The Racing UK App Handicap, and followed up half an hour later with Anonymous Lady in the Racing UK Handicap Stakes. Both were ridden by Fallon.

Robbie Dolan, a youngster who had never ridden a winner in Britain before, completed the treble for Keatley in the Spring Promotion At Western House Hotel Handicap on Nice Vintage.

The delighted trainer said: “I knew my horses were in good form, and I have a good record at Ayr. We fancied the one we ran in the first as well – Patience A Plenty – but he disappointed slightly. But to have three winners is great.”

Keiren Fallon added: “I love coming to Ayr, and have ridden a lot of winners here over the years. I'm based back in Ireland now, but will be coming over as often as possible. I ride out a lot for Adrian - he's a good trainer."

Another in-form trainer was Uplawmoor-based Jim Goldie who saddled a double. The top trainer at Ayr for many years, Goldie got off the mark for 2016 when Funding Deficit, ridden by Danny Tudhope, fought off the challenge of the Michael Dods-trained, Paul Mulrennan-ridden Sea Wolf to win the feature race, The Weddings At Western House Hotel Handicap over seven furlongs.


[Pictured: Jim Goldie’s Funding Deficit (nearest camera) 
wins the feature race at Ayr Racecourse last Monday.]

His second winner of the afternoon came courtesy of Haidee's Reflection in Division One of the Conference and Events at Ayr Racecourse Handicap run over a mile. Again ridden by Danny Tudhope, the six year-old broke into the lead about two furlongs out and kept on for pressure to beat Tellovoi who was finishing best of all after a tardy start.

A very promising horse Irish Optimism followed up his racecourse debut by winning the opening Racing UK 1 Price 3 Devices Maiden Stakes over six furlongs from Geno who ran a solid race in second.

Jockey Phillip Makin riding for John Quinn reported that the horse would probably benefit for running over an extra furlong and added: " He wouldn't want the ground any quicker than that." Jim Goldie's racecourse debutante Insurplus caught the eye running into third at 40-1.

Another Scottish trainer in form is Iain Jardine who saddled a big winner at Perth last week with Double Whammy and was on target yesterday with Pick Your Battle(5-2 favourite) ridden by Royston Ffrench in Division Two of the Conference And Events At Ayr Racecourse Handicap over a mile.

There was a fourth Scottish trained winner in the finale, the Racing UK’s Profits Returned To Racing Handicap over one mile two furlongs when Keith Dagleish’s Sattelac got up under a fine Phillip Makin ride to beat the favourite New Abbey Angel.

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


New era at Belleisle as golf clubhouse opens for business

Golfers from across Scotland are expected to descend on South Ayrshire following the opening of the new Belleisle Clubhouse in Ayr. Staff welcomed the first golfers to the new £1.5m facility today, Friday 29th April, with the clubhouse (pictured below) set to become an important fixture for the local sporting economy.


The Belleisle championship course, designed by James Braid in 1927, is one of the most popular golf courses in Scotland, viewed by many as one of the best public inland courses in the country.


Facilities include: modern changing accommodation (pictured above), a new professional golf shop (pictured below), new starter facilities, club rooms, lounge area, and a golf simulator room. The clubhouse will operate as a family-orientated licensed premises with capacity for 180 people. A full-range of services including bar meals, receptions, televised sports, as well as outdoor events, will all be catered for.


3B Construction Ltd completed the project on behalf of South Ayrshire Council.

Jill Cronin, Head of Enterprise, Development and Leisure said: “We’re committed to providing the public with first-class facilities, and it’s great to see this fantastic new facility open for business.

“The clubhouse has been custom built to cater for the varied needs of golfers, but it also has a dual role and will be available for host a wide-range of public bookings and functions.

“I’m confident that everyone who uses the new building will be impressed by the facilities available as we move into a new era which better meets local needs, and raises the bar to compete with the best in the country.”

The new clubhouse brings off-course facilities in line with the quality of the course itself. It is available to golfers playing both Belleisle, its sister course ‘Seafield’, as well as visitors to the wider Belleisle Park Estate.

Richard Gordon, Head Golf Professional at Belleisle, said the new facilities sent the right message. “I’ve been coming to Belleisle since I was two years old and the new clubhouse perfectly complements the standard of courses we have here.

“From a coaching point of view the new simulator means we’ll be able to offer classes all year round as part of our drive to attract more families to the sport.

“It’s a friendly environment that offers dramatically improved facilities and I’m looking forward to welcoming the next generation of golfers in the years ahead.”

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


Thursday, 28 April 2016

CKD Galbraith offer property for sale on Isle of Cumbrae

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale the Osprey Centre, a superb prospect located on the north side of the Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire. 


The property enjoys spectacular sea views across the Firth of Clyde to Mount Stewart on the Isle of Bute, the beautiful Cowal Peninsula and the hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and on the mainland, Largs and Skelmorlie to the north.


The Isle of Cumbrae (also known as Great Cumbrae) is approximately 4 miles long and 2 miles wide and a circumference of about 10 miles. It is a short ferry trip (10 minutes) from Largs with a regular 15-minute ferry service in the summer months.

The Osprey Centre comprises two detached single storey buildings situated on a single track road. The current owners operate the accommodation as a holiday letting business for small groups and families, whilst the second building is used as a sports hall (pictured below). However there is potential for a change of use to permanent accommodation or a variety of commercial uses, subject to planning permission.


Historically, the Osprey Centre was of significant importance and was operated during World War II as an anti-submarine detection base. Known then as Eerie Port, its proximity to the shoreline was a major advantage for listening to underwater sounds in the approaches to the Firth. 

The equipment used was housed in the current living quarters and could detect the sound of any vessel attempting to penetrate the Cloch Boom which stretched from Dunoon to Cloch Point thus protecting the Firth of Clyde. 

The second building was thought to provide accommodation and was said to have a small machine gun emplacement nearby. The buildings were known on the island as “hush hush” - partly because of the clandestine nature of their purpose, but more because of the quiet needed to detect enemy presence.

After the War ended the station lay empty and disused for many years before being converted into a residential holiday centre for children in 1992 by the popular television series at that time Challenge Anneka. The refurbishment was entirely funded by local public appeals and completed over a three-day period.

Today the Isle of Cumbrae remains untouched and unspoilt. The sandy coves and bays are often visited by grey seals, and with a circumference of just 10.5 miles it is a haven for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The main town of Millport offers a range of shops, cafes and restaurants and, whilst it feels like a world of its own, it is less than 10 minutes on the ferry back to the mainland.

Offers Over £160,000 are being sought.

PDF available on www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk

About CKD Galbraith

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

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  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.