The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 17 August 2012

Enjoy Christmas or New Year in sheer luxury at Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort

Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort set on the rugged Ayrshire coastline of Scotland, is opening its doors again this festive season, offering special Christmas and Hogmanay packages for the ultimate end of year indulgence. With stunning views of the Ailsa Craig and snow-capped mountains of Arran, Turnberry promises a truly magical experience for the entire family.

Thanks to Ayrshire’s localised micro-climate, discerning guests arriving at Turnberry often enjoy milder weather and will be able to delight in the great outdoors this Christmas, without the chill normally associated with the Scottish winter. From invigorating walks along the beach, to golf lessons and pitch & putt, families will be able to take part in Turnberry’s usual exciting range of outdoor activities, as well as a dedicated festive programme packed full of seasonal games, all of which add to the quintessential Christmas and Hogmanay family experience at the resort.

Arriving on Christmas Eve, families can look forward to a special visit from Mrs. Claus, who will meet the children and share stories of Father Christmas and his reindeer. There will even be a screen showing a live Santa Tracker for little ones to track Santa as he makes his way around the world.
On Christmas Day, children will wake to find personalised stockings hung in their rooms as a special gift from the resort. In the afternoon, guests will be encouraged to gather together to watch the Queen’s speech before continuing the celebrations with a champagne reception followed by a stunning family lunch served in Turnberry’s signature restaurant, 1906.

Boxing Day is traditionally a time for families, and this year Turnberry will be offering a vast array of leisure pursuits designed to appeal to both children and adults alike. From off-roading, to horse riding, to ESPA spa treatments, the resort provides guests with top-class entertainment. The day will end with a drinks reception followed by a gala dinner with at-table entertainment provided by a magician.

The Hogmanay Experience at Turnberry allows the entire family to ring in the New Year together in an unprecedented style, starting with a drinks reception held in the Grand Tea Lounge.  Whilst the adults indulge in a wonderful gala dinner, little ones aged three and over can enjoy a complimentary children’s programme including a Hogmanay party with festive food, drink, games and entertainment, followed by a supervised kids-only sleepover.
Turnberry’s two-night Christmas Inclusive Experience starts from £1,350 per room, arriving on 24 December 2012.

The Boxing Day Experience starts from £445 per room for a one-night stay arriving 26 December 2012, based on two people sharing classic accommodation.

The Hogmanay Experience at Turnberry starts from £595 per room for a one-night stay arriving 31 December 2012, based on two people sharing classic accommodation.

All of the resort’s Christmas and Hogmanay packages include a full programme of food and entertainment.  Children can stay in their parent's room for £90 per child; alternatively, they can stay in their own room for £150 per child.

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To reserve, please call Turnberry Reservations on 01655 333 991 or email

Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Turnberry is located on the stunning Ayrshire coast, offering elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events. The five red star resort underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme prior to hosting the 2009 Open on its legendary Ailsa golf course and becoming part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts much acclaimed Luxury Collection. The 198 luxuriously appointed guest rooms include four lavish ocean-view suites and offer a perfect blend of Edwardian tradition and timeless design. The iconic Ailsa Course is currently ranked as Britain’s number one golf course by leading golf publications and consistently rated within the world’s best. For golfers, there is also the Championship Kintyre Course and the Arran Course, as well as The Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy. Turnberry is the perfect setting for food lovers, with a choice of unique dining experiences, including the signature restaurant 1906, led by Executive Head Chef Ralph Porciani, which offers classic dishes with a modern twist and a unique Chef’s Table experience. There is also the elegant Grand Tea Lounge, Ailsa Bar & Lounge, Duel in the Sun bar and Tappie Toorie restaurant overlooking the links golf courses and sea beyond. Turnberry has a well-established reputation for top class meeting and events facilities, specialising in bespoke boardroom experiences. There is also a luxurious spa offering a range of ESPA treatments. The onsite Outdoor Activity Centre offers guests a variety of distinguished outdoor activities including quad biking, horse-riding, fishing and off-road driving. For more information, please visit
About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 75 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel’s distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information, please visit
Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


Thursday, 16 August 2012

CKD Galbraith offer wonderful Arts and Crafts style cottage with beautiful views and riding arena

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering Guinea Well Cottage for sale.

Situated in a sheltered spot on the edge of the pretty village of Barrhill in South Ayrshire, Guinea Well Cottage is a charming two-storey family home occupying a beautiful rural location.

Built in 1910, it is a most appealing country house with Arts and Crafts features and is well appointed with 3 reception rooms, conservatory, 4 bedrooms (one en-suite), kitchen, utility, cloakroom and family bathroom.

The sun porch, has a lovely tiled floor with shelving for house plants which leads into the vestibule with a wonderful stained glazed door and windows.

The spacious entrance hall with parquet flooring and storage cupboard leads to the lovely light and bright lounge with attractive cornicing and an open fire with tiled hearth.

The superb Victorian style conservatory overlooks the beautiful gardens. Both the dining room and conservatory have French doors to the garden.

There is a comfortable family sitting room and the breakfasting kitchen has a lovely range of shaker style units with Rangemaster leisure oven and solid oak flooring. There is also a deep walk-in shelved larder and utility area.

Local amenities in the village of Barrhill including a village store and pub, and a popular primary school. The seaside town of Girvan is about 12 miles away and the Galloway town of Newton Stewart (17 miles) has many interesting shops. The nearby Galloway Hills are popular for those who like to walk and cycling routes are available at the Seven Stanes mountain bike tracks.

Adjoining the house, is a store/workshop and a small greenhouse. With a 7.7 acre field adjacent, ménage, stabling, office, garage and log store, this is a house with considerable potential for those seeking to work from home or those with equestrian interests. The beautiful landscaped gardens incorporate a variety of shrubs and flowers, and mature trees including copper beech and ewe.

Guinea Well Cottage is available at Offers Over £360,000.

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.

Sunshine, glamour and music make best ever Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Sunshine, glamour and music combined to make Champagne GH Mumm  Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday one of the most successful ever.

A crowd of just over 7,000 flocked to the track, and the most popular area was on the sun kissed champagne lawns where huge crowds gathered to enjoy racing and entertainment.

The course was busy long before the first race as thousands of glamorous ladies tried to catch the eye of the Ladies Competition judges.

Several lucky girls won a coin on the night, which sees them invited back to the course on Saturday 22 September to try to win the star prize – a fabulous Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.4 16v 140 BHP Turbo Start Stop SRI courtesy of Kerr & Smith/Iveco Trucks.

In addition to winning a coin on the night the ladies (pictured above) also received a goodie bag from KZ Hair, who have several branches including ones in Ayr, Troon, Prestwick and Kilmarnock.

There was also a prize for the Best Dressed Man on the night sponsored by Slaters, and Ayr branch manager Jack Blades handed over £300 of vouchers to local man Kenneth Kenally.

Some of the biggest cheers came when 50/1 outsider Bee Brave won the third race. As the triumphant horse and rider returned to the paddock there were yelps of delight from ladies who had somehow picked the winner.

After racing Scouting For Girls (pictured below) played a stunning concert in the paddock area with the crowds going mad as the band unleashed their hits including “This Ain’t A Love Song”, “She’s So Lovely”, “I Wish I Was James Bond” and “Elvis Ain’t Dead”.

The champagne lawns were still packed well after 11 o’clock as the fun continued.

Ayr Racecourse Sales and Marketing Manager Lindsey Smith commented: “What a night! The feedback has been just amazing and I think its safe to say that the Scouting For Girls performance was the best ever seen at Ayr.

“Now its all systems go for the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival in September.”

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.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Tartan Special was the order of the day on Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Champagne GH Mumm Ladies Night at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday turned into a Tartan Special, with five of the seven winners being trained in Scotland.

Uplawmoor-based Jim Goldie led the way, saddling Glenluji (14/1) to win the Gas Sure & James Frew 101 Year Handicap. Jockey Graham Lee timed his run to perfection, heading the 9/4 favourite Cheeky Wee Red well inside the last to win by a length and a half.

Graham Lee (pictured above) also rode Goldie’s second winner Forrest Flyer (4/1) to land the QTS Group Handicap by a length from Vittachi (9/2).

Ian Semple also saddled a double, courtesy of Argentine (9/1) in the Jan Wilson Memorial Apprentice Handicap, ridden by Shirley Teasdale, and Burnwynd Boy (4/1), the mount of PJ McDonald, in the Unison’s Ayrshire & Arran Health Branch Handicap.

Keith Dalgleish is a trainer in scintillating form, and his King Of Windsor (9/4 fav) just got the better of Watt’s Up Son (8/1) to win the Champagne GH Mumm Blanc De Blanc Handicap.

Biggest priced winner of the night was 50/1 chance Bee Brave. Trained by Sharon Watt and ridden by Paddy Aspell, who won the Champagne GH Mumm Cuvee R. Lalou/E.B.F. Maiden from Orion’s Hero (12/1).

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.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

CKD Galbraith offer superb 5 bedroom house in a tranquil village setting

LEADING Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale The Stables, a superb extended cottage in the heart of the peaceful village of Craigie, South Ayrshire.

Craigie is easily accessible from the M/A77 corridor and has a pretty historic church and village inn.

Formerly the stables for the village Inn, the house is beautifully presented and in immaculate condition. Situated opposite the village pub (now a well regarded restaurant) and with open views across farmland to the rear, the current owners have cared for and upgraded the house to a very high standard, resulting in an immaculate family home with ample accommodation and lovely gardens.

The accommodation on two floors comprises entrance hall, with a welcoming lounge and a lovely open fireplace and patio doors to the garden, two bedrooms and shower room. The modern kitchen has fitted floor units with integrated appliances, and a shelved pantry. There is also a useful utility. The stunning south facing living room / dining room extension with solid oak flooring, overlooks the pretty gardens with French doors. This is a superb addition to the house.

Upstairs, there is a sumptuous spacious master bedroom suite with Paris balcony. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The gardens have many colourful plants and shrubs and there is a delightful patio seating area for outside entertaining. There is also a garage and timber framed shed. From the garden, there are fabulous views over open farmland, and a public footpath to the east of the house is a very pleasant circular walk leading back to the village.

Set in a sought after position, The Stables is being marketed at Offers Over £325,000.

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About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 200 people in offices in Edinburgh, Stirling, 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.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Ayr Town Hall to host Jubilee Ball to get you ‘in the mood!’

There’s a great chance to get in the swing this month, and turn back the clock too, as Ayr Town Hall hosts the Jubilee Ball on 25 August from 7pm – a nostalgic night of singing and dancing that will transport you back to the sights and sounds of the 1940s and 50s.

Featuring the big band sound of That Swing Sensation (pictured above), hot from their sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show, you’ll literally be flexing your vocal chords and tapping your toes as the fantastic night of forties and fifties features hits made famous by performers such as Tommy Dorsey, Mary Martin, Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and many more!

There’s more to sing about too, as the band is joined by a star-studded line-up of vocalists featuring the talents of June Love, John Griffin and Claire Knight (who plays Iona McIntyre in River City).

The Jubilee Ball also features the 1940s all-girl dance troupe ‘The Kennedy Cupcakes’ of Lisa Kennedy, Emma Dunlop, Linzi Slamin, Lynne Haig, Julieann Crannie and Evette Sheehan, leading the way in successfully reviving a golden era of glam and swing nights in Scotland.

Set up by dance tutor Lisa Kennedy, the six-strong group (pictured above) has been charming audiences for over a year and her dancers have been a huge success with Armed Forces.

South Ayrshire Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Enterprise, Tourism and Leisure commented: “All in all, the Jubilee Ball promises to be a visual, musical and choreographic feast – offering something different for all ages.

“Ayr Town Hall has a fantastic pedigree in hosting events such as this. In the 1940s and 1950s it was the place to be for the big band sound and dancing, so I’m thrilled the Jubilee Ball will take the audience back to the days of the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy with a superb evening of nostalgia for all ages.

Tickets, priced at just £12, can be purchased from Citadel Leisure centre box office, by calling 01292 269793, or through Ticketweb

Councillor Grant concluded: “To really help the evening go with a swing, we’re suggesting that people might wish to dress in 1940s outfits, with a prize on offer for the best dressed!”

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

Buyer demand falls in Scotland says latest housing market survey

Interest from would-be house buyers dropped in Scotland during July, says the latest RICS UK housing market survey.

Potential buyers stayed away last month as 31 percent more chartered surveyors reported falls rather than rises in demand (from -21 percent).

This was compounded by a slight fall in prices across Scotland with 28 percent more chartered surveyors reporting falls rather than rises in prices in the area. Unsurprisingly newly agreed sales last month remained flat during July, whilst the number of new properties coming onto the market slowed as a net balance of 3 percent more chartered surveyors reported falling supply.

This fall in demand and prices, is being compounded by the ongoing difficulties many buyers are experiencing with accessing mortgage finance.

Elsewhere, prices across the UK continued to edge lower last month. 24 percent more surveyors reported falls rather than rises in prices. This reading has now been in negative territory for two years. Respondents note that a general lack of consumer confidence continues to weigh heavy on the market.

Looking ahead, surveyors across Scotland are cautiously optimistic that transaction levels should improve over the coming three months, with a net balance of 11 percent more respondents predicting rises in activity. However, unsurprisingly, a more pessimistic outlook exists for future prices, as 27 percent more surveyors expect prices to continue to fall rather than rise.
Sarah Speirs, Director RICS Scotland, commented: “Activity in the housing market failed to result in a higher level of actual transactions in July. Fewer sellers are putting their homes up for sale and the ongoing problem of accessing affordable finance is not helping and does not look set to change in the near future. If vendors want to sell their homes quickly, they will have to be realistic in their price expectations.”
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.

CKD Galbraith offer fine stone steading in prominent rural situation with panoramic views

Leading independent Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith are offering for sale Shalloch, by Drongan in Ayrshire, a fine stone steading in a prominent rural situation with panoramic views.

Shalloch offers enormous development potential in a rural setting with fabulous views across the rolling Ayrshire countryside.

It is about 2 miles from the village of Drongan, a former mining village about 8 miles from Ayr.

The earliest references to Drongan can be found in documents dating back to the 14th century.  The lands were granted to the Craufurds of Drongan Castle in the 1390’s where they held the stronghold for 250 years.  Remains of Drongan Castle can still be seen on the land of a local farm.

Planning permission for conversion to 3 substantial houses has been granted or it would be possible to utilise the position to build one spectacular single house in the site grounds of about 5.6 acres.

Offers Over £175,000 are being sought.


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.