The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 4 November 2016

Buyer competition strengthens Ayrshire property market, reports CKD Galbraith

Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith is reporting healthy levels of buyer activity across Ayrshire, resulting in a steady increase in property sales.

Buyers from across Scotland have driven property sales throughout Ayrshire, resulting in a 17% increase during the third quarter of 2016 (July – September) compared to the previous quarter, according to the firm’s Ayr office.


Bob Cherry (pictured above), head of residential sales at CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “We are experiencing high levels of activity amongst Ayrshire residents who are choosing to either up-size or are relocating to more rural properties which offer excellent value for money. We have also witnessed an upsurge in interest from buyers outside the region, including buyers from Glasgow and Lanarkshire, who are attracted to the high calibre homes and value for money that the Ayrshire property market presents.


“The time taken by our team to sell properties during the third quarter has also decreased significantly. One particularly quick sale was Shield House (pictured above) by Cumnock, which sold within 19 days of appearing on the property market.

“Accurate and sensitive pricing remains vital to ensuring a property generates interest, and ultimately a number of competitive offers. Well-presented properties in the £300,000 - £400,000 bracket continue to produce the highest level of buyer activity, as well as rural properties with a few acres of land, which remain extremely popular throughout Ayrshire as a lifestyle choice.”

CKD Galbraith operates a network of regional offices located throughout the country, and figures for the firm as a whole during the third quarter of 2016 illustrates its ability to market and sell high quality houses drawing buyers from across the UK and beyond.

The firm has reported a 30% increase in the volume of sales achieved compared to the previous quarter of 2016. Local buyers from across Scotland accounted for 58% of sales during the third quarter, whilst 37% came from across the rest of the UK and 5% were international buyers.

CKD Galbraith 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 
Ayrshire, Scotland 

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy employing 236 staff in offices across Scotland including Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso, and Aberdeen, offering local knowledge, national expertise and enjoying international reach.

The firm is Scotland’s largest and leading rural consultancy managing and providing advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests on over three million acres.  CKD Galbraith provides the full range of property consulting services across the residential, commercial, rural and renewable energy sectors throughout Scotland and northern England.

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


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Ayr Racecourse wins two awards in one week

By: Iain Ferguson

AYR Racecourse has won many awards over the years, but to gain two in the space of seven days is way above par for the course.


But that is what happened this week.

Firstly, Ayr was named as one the top six large racecourses in the country for owners and awarded the Racehorse Owners Association Gold Standard status for the second year in a row.

ROA representatives visited every track in Britain at least once to assess all aspects of the raceday experience for owners. In addition, feedback was provided by hundreds of ROA members following their racecourse visits.

The six large courses awarded Gold Standard were Ayr, Ascot, Chester, Haydock Park, Cheltenham and York.

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown said: “I am delighted that we have retained the ROA Gold Standard and remain one of only six large racecourses to be given the accolade.

“We strive to deliver the best experience possible for owners, and to receive recognition like this is very rewarding.”

Racecourses are divided into two categories – large and small – with their classification decided by a range of factors, including the quality of racing and attendance figures. The six tracks in each category that were considered to provide owners with the best raceday experience will hold the Award for the next 12 months.

One racecourse from each section will be named as their respective category’s ‘Racecourse of the Year’ at the annual ROA Horseracing Awards to be held in London on Thursday 1 December.

Top award for Ayr Racecourse chef de cuisine Paul

And also this week, Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel chef de cuisine Paul Cuthbert was named the 2016 Catering Personality of the Year at the National Racecourse Catering Awards.


Paul was unable to attend the event held earlier this month at Doncaster Racecourse and was presented with his award and a magnum of champagne by Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown at the course on Saturday (pictured above).

A delighted Paul said: “This is not just for me but for the entire kitchen staff. It is a real team effort and I thrilled for us all to win this.”

Ayr Racecourse managing director David Brown added: “It is a great honour for Paul and the team at Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel that he has been recognised in this way.

“The National Racecourse Catering Awards are very prestigious within the industry and this is a great accolade.”

Paul has spent more than 34 years preparing sumptuous food and picking up award after award in doing so.

On leaving school he began working in various hotels in and around Ayrshire and has built up a reputation over the years as a chef who specialises in catering for large functions.

Over his many years in the catering industry Paul has won a plethora of awards include three Scot Hots, a Gold Medal at the Culinary Olympics in 2000 and National Chef of the Year Awards in 1994, 1996 and 1998.

He worked for many years for Celtic Football Club before joining Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel in 2009, as head chef, becoming chef de cuisine in 2014.

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.