The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

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.