The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 12 March 2011

CKD Galbraith offer substantial country property in Ayrshire “golden triangle”

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is marketing a substantial country property within the sought after “golden triangle” in Ayrshire, close to the conservation village of Symington.

Fairfield House is set within large mature gardens of about one acre. The house lies close to the A77, offering excellent commuter links to Glasgow. Formerly a substantial country property, the property has been damaged by fire, and now presents a wonderful renovation or development opportunity.

The accommodation is currently designed to include three main reception rooms, centred round an imposing central hallway with double height ceiling and stairs leading to an upper gallery. The living room and study both have a lovely south-westerly outlook over the rear garden. The bedrooms are on the ground and first floor, with two en-suite bathrooms, an additional family bathroom and a cloakroom. There are a kitchen and utility room conveniently adjoining each other at the western end of the house, leading to a rear porch, sunroom, boiler room/store and an integral garage.

Fairfield House now requires full renovation, or alternatively, there is potential for full redevelopment of this substantial site, subject to planning permission being obtained.

The house has attracted considerable interest, with in excess of 60 viewings since its launch to the market. Buyers have seen this as an outstanding opportunity to re-create what will be a stunning family home.

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Offers over £175,000 are being sought.

A closing date has now been set for Monday 21st March 2011.

For further information:

Contact Bob Cherry 01292 268181

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 180 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

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

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of large estates and woodland, valuations and building surveying work.


CKD Galbraith
7 Killoch Place
Ayr KA7 2EA
Ayrshire, Scotland
Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS

Tel: 01292 268181
Fax: 01292 292300

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Ayrshire printing company Kestrel Press has ISO9001 accreditation renewed again

Irvine-based print company Kestrel Press has succeeded in having its ISO9001 accreditation renewed for a 12th successive year.

[Pictured: Kestrel Press account manager Graeme Ferguson and managing director Colin McCallum.]

ISO9001 is by far the world’s most established quality framework, currently being used by 1,064,000 organizations in 178 countries worldwide, and sets the standard not only for quality management systems, but management systems in general.

It helps all kinds of organizations to succeed through improved customer satisfaction, staff motivation and continuous improvement.

Kestrel Press is the only printing company in Ayrshire to have achieved this accreditation.

Kestrel Press managing director Colin McCallum commented: “Kestrel Press has been successfully providing printing, packaging and reprographic services since 1973.

“The key to our success is our commitment to service and our determination to keep our lead in technological advancement.

“Our skills in handling high levels of diversity and complexity are built on experience of making a positive and creative contribution to our many clients' varying requirements.

“Our service reaches almost every sector - pharmaceuticals, financial services, hotels, retail, engineering, construction, transport, education and the public services. Our products are even more diverse, and our quality is consistently excellent.”

Ben Nevis Challenge

Kestrel Press account manager Graeme Ferguson will be taking part in the Ben Nevis Climb on Saturday 30 April in aid of the Ayrshire Hospice.

You can find out more about this event on the Ayrshire Hospice website and support Graeme’s fundraising for the Ayrshire Hospice on his Just Giving page on:

Kestrel Press (Irvine) Ltd
25 Whittle Place
South Newmoor Industrial Estate
Irvine KA11 4HR
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Graeme Ferguson
Telephone: 01294 222222
Fax: 01294-222219

Kestrel Press is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and will be hosting the next Circle business breakfast networking meeting at 8am on Friday 15 April.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Saints and Sinners Racenight at Ayr Racecourse boosts Scottish charities

By: Iain Ferguson

SCOTTISH charities received a shot in the arm from last year’s busiest ever Saints and Sinners Racenight at Ayr Racecourse.

Over 10,000 attended the night last June which mixed racing with a performance from Alexandra Burke after the last race.

Almost £34,000 was raised for charity and will be distributed among the many charities the Saints and Sinners committee support.

Ayr Racecourse Finance Director David Brown handed over a cheque to Fred MacAulay from the Saints and Sinners Committee and former Miss Scotland Aisling Pearson before the recent Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce dinner at the racecourse.

Philip Martin, Racing Convenor for Saints and Sinners commented: “This fantastic contribution reflects Ayr’s hard work and terrific support from racegoers. Saints and Sinners looks forward to working with Ayr’s management to continue to grow the meeting and expand the amount we raise for over 120 small Scottish charities each year.”

Saints and Sinners Racenight was moved to Ayr from Hamilton in 2008 after 42 years at the Lanarkshire track and is now Ayr’s third busiest fixture of the season.

David Brown commented: “Saints and Sinners Racenight has grown year on year since relocating at Ayr – we are delighted that the public support the event in such large numbers and that this results in an increase in what the individual charities receive.”

Saints and Sinners Racenight 2011 will be held on Friday 17 June.

For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795 565691.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Cottages and Castles website boosts Isle of Arran holidaymaker numbers

Scotland’s leading specialist holiday lettings agency Cottages & Castles Ltd has officially launched a new website that will transform the way families and visitors book holidays on the Isle of Arran and Ayrshire.

Cottages & Castles has been operating for over 25 years providing a dedicated holiday lets service offering a supreme range of self catering holiday cottages, exclusive large houses, holiday castles, mansions and sporting lodges for rent throughout Scotland, with a fantastic choice of properties on Arran.

Having recently conducted a survey with over 500 of their customers, it is apparent that holidaymakers are as interested in what they can do and see in the area as they are in the facilities provided by the accommodation, with 76% of respondents claiming local activities and places to visit are top criterion when booking a holiday.

The results have allowed Cottages & Castles to design a website with unparalleled interactive search functions. To make it easy for users to find their ideal area and holiday, the website has split Scotland up into distinct regions including Arran, with each into more localised areas with suggestions for activities, attractions, eating out and events in the area.

Activities have been categorised into three main interests; adventure sports, country sports, great outdoors, with additional search criteria including for example if a property has an open fire, a swimming pool and if it’s located near a beach or close to a ski resort.

The Isle of Arran is well known for being “Scotland in miniature”, and with justification, for although small in size, its wonderful scenery combined with the great array of things to see and do enable you to sample the best of Scotland in one distinct area. Set in the Firth of Clyde, the island takes only four hours to drive around, yet is packed with stunning scenery and dramatic views of the surrounding area.

The island is ideal for those looking to kick back and get away from it all however, for the more active there is also a wide range of activities including some spectacular walks on and around Goat Fell, golf, cycling, horse riding, sailing, sea kayaking and canyoning. Whilst some of Arran’s top visitor attractions include Brodick Castle, the Isle of Arran Brewery, the Isle of Arran Distillers, and the Heritage Museum.

Most recent figures available, for 2009, indicated that just over 1 million visitors came to Ayrshire & Arran, of which 900,000 were from the UK (source: Through the launch of its new interactive website, Cottages & Castles aims to increase visitors to the region particularly through domestic holidaymakers as they have experienced a trend towards more people choosing to holiday at home.

Supporting the new website, Hazel Pearce of House of Bruar of House of Bruar, renowned as Scotland’s most prestigious, independent store, said: “We have worked with Cottages and Castles closely for a number of years and are delighted to now feature on their fantastic new website.”

Sue Bourne (pictured above), manager of Cottages and Castles, said: “With the internet being an essential tool when booking a holiday, what we wanted to achieve was a website offering visitors a ‘one stop shop’ for all their queries about holidaying in Scotland, where to stay, what to do and what to see. At present approximately 60 percent of our bookings are made online, a trend we hope to increase over the next few years aiming for over 75 percent of all our bookings via our new interactive website.

“Whether you are a new visitor to Arran or you know the region well and are seeking inspiration on alternative activities and visitor attractions in the area, then our website will equip you with all the information needed to book that perfect holiday.”

John Miller owns Banner Cottage (pictured above), the former office and print shop of The Arran Banner newspaper, located in the heart of Brodick, Arran and lets his property out through Cottages & Castles.

John Miller said: “Being in the self-catering holiday business our number one priority is to ensure we are providing the best accommodation facilities that our customers have come to expect. We are also aware that of paramount importance is the close proximity of our property to local activities and places of interest to visit. The two go hand in hand when thinking about where to holiday and we are delighted that the new Cottages & Castles website has made it easy for users to establish these vital links.”

As part of the new website launch Cottages & Castles Ltd is running an online competition titled ‘Where are Wills & Kate?’ to celebrate April’s Royal wedding. Cottages & Castles are offering a £500 holiday voucher for a stay in one of their outstanding Scottish cottages or towards a stunning castle, for one lucky winner who can find where Wills & Kate are hidden on their website. Visit for full competition details and to entry by Thursday 28 April.

for information on properties availability to rent, please visit or call 01738 451 610.

About Cottages & Castles Ltd

Cottages and Castles Ltd is Scotland’s specialist holiday lettings company with over 600 properties in its portfolio. The firm’s dedication and attention to detail has made them one of the largest self catering companies in Scotland offering an enviable range of holiday cottages, exclusive large houses, holiday castles, Scottish mansions and country lodges.

Cottages and Castles was established in 1983 and is operated by CKD Galbraith, one of Scotland’s leading independent property consultancies with 12 regional offices throughout Scotland.


CKD Galbraith

Scots house buyers up but prices dip

RICS February 2011 UK Housing Market Survey

The number of homes sold in Scotland last month increased and the number of potential buyers enquiring about property for sale rose sharply for the second month running, which showed there was more activity in the Scottish housing market. And chartered surveyors in Scotland expect sales to continue strongly in the next three months says the latest RICS Housing Market Survey.

However, to attract these buyers, sellers have had to price their properties realistically and as a result, house prices dipped slightly last month and chartered surveyors do not expect them to increase in March.

The number of homes coming on to the market for sale in Scotland also increased in February, which suggests sellers are accepting the need to price their homes realistically. It could also mean sellers have some confidence in the market despite the need for large deposits from lenders and the threat of rising interest rates.

Scotland was one of just three areas of the UK which saw a rise in demand for property in February. London and the North East of England also saw more interest. The property picture in Wales and Northern Ireland is very different with surveyors reporting a lack of buyer confidence affecting the market.

Commenting, RICS Scotland director Graeme Hartley (pictured above) said: “Scotland’s property market is once again showing different results to the rest of the UK. Scots seem to have more confidence in the market, despite the need for large deposits and a possible interest rate rise. There are more properties coming on to the market and realistic asking prices are attracting potential buyers. Surveyors expect this to continue into spring.”

RICS housing market survey is the longest running monthly survey of house prices in the UK, collecting data since January 1978. The survey is cited by the Bank of England's monetary policy committee at its monthly interest rate setting meetings.

About RICS Scotland

RICS Scotland is a national association of RICS. RICS Scotland has over 11,000 members. Managed from its offices in Edinburgh the focus of RICS Scotland is to develop, maintain, uphold and promote the standards, knowledge and skills of its members always acting in the public interest.

RICS Scotland enjoys a degree of autonomy due to differences in Scottish Law and practice. It holds a significant role within the professional and business community in Scotland, working with central and local government and educational institutions in Scotland.