The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 7 November 2014

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a charming extended cottage nestled on the edge of Galloway Forest Park

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale Craigmalloch, a charming extended cottage nestled on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, on the banks of Loch Doon.

The surrounding area offers some of Scotland’s finest scenery and borders the neighbouring county of Dumfries and Galloway.  

Loch Doon is a fresh water loch and is the largest in Southern Scotland.  Loch Doon Castle, which was originally built on an island in the loch, now stands on the shoreline and is linked historically to Robert the Bruce.

Craigmalloch was built in 1955 and has been more recently extended creating a good sized family home.  

The accommodation is formed over two levels and includes four bedrooms with the master bedroom opening to an ensuite shower room.  

There is also a fitted kitchen, utility room, comfortable living room, dining area and a delightful conservatory with far reaching views across the Loch.  

The gardens surrounding Craigmalloch are fully enclosed and planted with fruit trees including apple trees, cherry and plum.    

In addition to the cottage, Craigmalloch comes with a workshop which has excellent potential for a variety of uses and has also been granted full planning permission to convert to a dwelling house.  It is situated across a single track road and offers the same panoramic loch views.  

The gardens are sheltered to the rear by a number of young spruce trees and a pond is regularly visited by wildlife.  There is parking for a number of cars and a single garage.

The countryside surrounding Craigmalloch offers excellent outdoor pursuits including hill walking, mountain biking and fishing or if it’s time for relaxation just sit back in the conservatory and enjoy the views.

Craigmalloch Cottage is available at Offers Over £275,000.

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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.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Treble tops for Brian Harding at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

Ayr’s final Saturday meeting of 2014, the John Smith’s Raceday last weekend, was dominated by veteran jockey Brian Harding, who rode a treble.

Brian, enjoying a bumper season, set the ball rolling on Top Billing (3/1) in the Plumbstore Handicap for local owner Doreen McGawn, then scored on 9/1 chance Fisher for trainer John Quinn in the John Smith’s Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle, and finally completed the hat trick on Another Bill (3/1) in the national hunt flat race. Top Billing and Another Bill were both trained by Nicky Richards.

Cumbrian based trainer Martin Todhunter and jockey Wilson Renwick teamed up for Presenting Junior (11/10 fav) (pictured above left) to win the John Smith’s Handicap Chase. 

The feature race, the John Smith’s No Nonsense Handicap Chase, was won by Definite Dream, in the hands of jockey Paul Moloney, from the Vale of Glamorgan stables of trainer Evan Williams.

Next meeting at Ayr Racecourse

AYR Racecourse’s next fixture is Heroes Raceday on Wednesday 12 November.

The seven race card is due off at 12.50pm with the Maiden Hurdle over two miles four furlongs and the final race is at 3.50pm.

The joint feature races of the afternoon are a Handicap Chase and a Novice Handicap Chase both over three miles one furlong.

For more information on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online

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.

Monday, 3 November 2014

UWS working with STV as part of the broadcaster’s bid for local TV licence for Ayr

STV has submitted an application to Ofcom to deliver local television programming in Ayr, which would see the broadcaster working in partnership with University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

[Pictured: University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr Campus.]

STV launched Scotland’s first local TV station in Glasgow in June 2014, which reaches a monthly audience of over 500,000 in Glasgow and the west, with 60% of the transmission area tuning in since the station’s launch. 

STV’s application for Ayr proposes to deliver local news and current affairs content in partnership with UWS. It will provide UWS creative industries students, including those on journalism and broadcasting degrees, with the opportunity to learn and train in a live broadcasting environment on the University’s Ayr Campus, working alongside professionals from STV. The University will also be represented on the board of the local station should the application be successful. 

Bobby Hain, Director of Channels at STV, said: “We believe that, working closely with our education partner UWS, we can successfully deliver a compelling service for viewers in Ayr across the 12-year licence. If we are successful in securing the licence this will provide invaluable opportunities for UWS students to gain experience working alongside our media professionals.”

Professor Nick Higgins, Director of the UWS Creative Media Academy, commented on the STV bid: “Our venture with STV presents a unique and exciting opportunity for the University; one that has the potential to bring great benefits for UWS students and graduates. The UWS Creative Media Academy has one of the UK’s highest levels of professional accreditation, and underlining the level of recognition that we have attained is the strength of our partnership work with the creative industries. A sign of the position we hold in the sector is also the fact that UWS is the only university in Scotland to be part of the British Film Institute’s Talent Net.Work.

“If the bid is successful, this unique broadcast hub on our Ayr Campus – the first in a Scottish university - will bring valuable placement opportunities for our students with STV and provide exposure to a network of broadcasting professionals to enable our students to enhance their practical skills and knowledge as part of their degree studies. Opportunities to enter the STV Graduate Trainee Scheme will also be opened up for our graduating students. 

“The University is committed to enhancing its contribution to its local communities and the creation of a local TV station on our £81m Ayr Campus will bring exciting opportunities to promote Ayrshire and to widen the range of broadcast coverage for the region. We are delighted to be part of this ground-breaking initiative.”

Students at the University’s Ayr Campus, which opened in 2011, have access to some of the sector’s finest broadcasting, performance and recording facilities to help prepare them for work in the creative industries. Teaching is also delivered out of the University’s seminar space at Film City in Glasgow’s media quarter, positioning UWS students at the very heart of Scotland’s international screen industry. A regular masterclass programme by some of the industry’s leading lights also enables students to gain knowledge and insight from those with significant real world expertise. 

For more information regarding the University’s Creative Media Academy visit

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.