The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 30 August 2013

CKD Galbraith offer unique small estate with handsome Georgian house set amidst landscaped gardens with stabling, fishings and grazing land

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Barskaig, a unique small estate in the village of Barr, South Ayrshire with a handsome Georgian house set amidst landscaped gardens with stabling, fishings and grazing land.

Barskaig is a beautifully appointed Georgian gem, available at Offers Over £890,000. The property dates from 1802 and is set amidst mature policies of approximately 11 acres on the banks of the River Stinchar.  

The property offers well-proportioned accommodation over 3 levels including a drawing room, formal dining room with bay window, a charming snug, fully fitted kitchen with Aga, cloakroom and WC. A useful utility room opens to the rear gardens.  On the first floor there are 3 spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms.  Two further bedrooms and a shower room are located on the second floor.

Barskaig is set amidst delightful gardens which have been carefully planted to provide year round colour and interest. The house overlooks a formal lawn and there are 50 specimen Acers as well as various conifers, exotic ferns and palms.  In addition Barskaig offers excellent stabling within a traditional stone and slate building, a tack room, feedstore, garage and garden equipment store. An all weather riding arena lies to the north of the house as well as a general purpose shed, summerhouse and large greenhouse. Five excellent paddocks are all well drained and fenced with an electrical connection.

Fishing rights along a 750 yard stretch of the east bank of the River Stinchar offer a reliable run of sea trout and salmon. The river forms the western boundary of the property and is widely regarded as the best Salmon river in Ayrshire. The Barskaig beat has two good holding pools. Neighbouring estates offer some of Scotland’s finest stalking and driven shoots and there are numerous quiet hacking routes along forest trails.

Barskaig is wonderful small estate offering excellent sporting and well-proportioned accommodation within a carefully refurbished Georgian country house.

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

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Ayr Racecourse offers top racing, entertainment and glamour at William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival

By: Iain Ferguson

IT’S the biggest and richest flat racing extravaganza in Scotland and the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival at Ayr Racecourse comes to town on Thursday 19 September until Saturday 21 September.

[Pictured: Jockey Pat Smullen, rider of the 2012 Gold Cup winning horse Captain Ramius is congratulated by the William Hill girls.]

Crowds of more than 20,000 will flock to the course to enjoy some top quality racing, superb entertainment and lots of glamour.

Friday is William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival Ladies Day  when up to 27 finalists who have been awarded a coin will draw the name of a horse running in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup.

The lady who draws the winning horse lands a Vauxhall Adam Jam 1.4 courtesy of  Kerr & Smith, second prize is a Fred Olsen 10 night Fjords, Mountains and Glaciers Cruise sponsored by Stewart Travel and third prize laser treatments by The Coast Clinic, Ayr.
And ladies can still qualify for the final - the final few bronze coins for Best Dressed Ladies will be awarded by judges on both Thursday and Friday.

There are 22 competitive races over the three days culminating in the richest sprint handicap in Europe – the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup due off at 3.50pm on the Saturday.

That race carries £155,000 in prize money and over the entire Festival a staggering £587,000 in prize money - up £150,900 from last year is up for grabs.

Other big races over the three days at Ayr include the William Hill – Bet On The Move Doonside Cup, a Listed Race and the William Hill – In the App Store Firth Of Clyde Stakes which carry prize funds of £60,000 each and these are run on Saturday along with the £50,000 William Hill Ayr Silver Cup.

The William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup is raced for on the Friday and carries a fund of £35,000 (£25,000).

And after racing on all three days there is superb entertainment with live bands performing in the Horseshoe Bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and in addition a disco playing in the Ayrshire Suite on the Friday and Saturday.

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, 28 August 2013

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Doors Open Day promises a game of thrones!

A carved oak chair, once thought to have belonged to King Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), will be exhibited in Ayr as part of the annual Doors Open Day programme 2013, on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2013.

[Pictured: South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie with the carved oak chair, once thought to have belonged to King Robert the Bruce.]

Doors Open Day offers a chance to take a sneak peek behind the doors of 78 buildings in Ayrshire – including castles, churches, townhouses, museums, towers, libraries and Council offices – and it's all free!

The oak chair comes from the former Tam O’Shanter Museum, which was located on Ayr High Street until the 1980s and has since been in storage at Rozelle House.

Also on display will be the Provost’s Chair from the former Royal Burgh of Ayr. Made from wood taken from the Auld Brig of Ayr during its repair in 1907-10, the wood on the chair is thought to be at least 800 years old. 

It was recently uncovered by Provost Helen Moonie, who wants to make some of the more interesting items and artefacts in Council collections more widely available for public display and can be viewed at the County Buildings, South Ayrshire Council's headquarters.

The ‘Bruce chair’ was originally found near Dunfermline Abbey in 1654 and bears two brass plaques stating ‘Carved Oak Arm Chair’ and ‘Believed to have been the property of King Robert the Bruce’. Prominently within the carvings are the initials ‘RB’ although a carving of a coat of arms would have been more likely for a knight or a king at that time.

Provost Moonie said: “It’s all very intriguing, but despite some wishful thinking at the time of discovery, the design and build of the chair strongly hint that it’s Elizabethan in origin – some 300 years after Bruce’s time, although it may have been re-worked to preserve it after it was found at the Abbey.

“Those who found it genuinely believed it had been the property of Robert the Bruce because he was interred at Dunfermline Abbey’s high altar, so the discovery of a chair with his initials carved on it at this particular site is significant.”

The 2013 Doors Open Day event also includes a new attraction, with seven homes open to the public where the owners have installed eco-friendly measures such as wood biomass heating, solar panels, wind turbines air source heat pumps and solar hot water tanks, to save energy and lower fuel bills.

Homeowners will be on hand to show you round, discuss the pros and cons and answer any questions you have on sustainable energy – but you need to book your visit with Colin McLachlan of the Energy Savings Trust Green Homes Network on 0808 808 2282 by Friday 6 September 2013.

The Doors Open Day programme is available from all Ayrshire libraries and you can search for participating buildings in Ayrshire (and across Scotland) online at: 

Supporting the weekend, Ayr Townscape Heritage Initiative (ATHI) has organised a series of walks, guided tours, experiences and events around Ayr for residents and visitors keen to learn more about the town.

A series of free events and tours are again being organised by Ayr Townscape Heritage and must be booked in advance through the ATHI office by email: or by telephone: 01292 617606.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Councillor Bill Grant (pictured above), Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure commented: “Last year, buildings in South Ayrshire welcomed nearly 1,000 people through their doors and I’m certain that Doors Open Day 2013 will be a huge success.”

He continued: “Not only can you look back to the past and marvel at the architecture and furniture from days gone by, possibly even from royalty, you can also get a glimpse into the different and innovative ways we might heat and light our own homes.

“Doors Open Day 2013 really does offer something for everyone and promises to be both fascinating and illuminating – quite literally!” 

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