The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 24 February 2017

Leading jockeys eye big prizes at Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

THERE’S some excellent prize-money for a start of the week fixture at Ayr Racecourse on Monday (27 February) when the seven race card includes two Class 3 contests.

And the £57,000 on offer has attracted some leading jockeys including Tom Scudamore, Brian Hughes, Paddy Brennan and Aidan Colemant to the west coast of Scotland and a really competitive afternoon’s racing is in prospect.

The first of the Class 3s is The Racing UK Now in HD! Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase over two and a half miles due off at 4.15pm, and recent course winner Master Ruffit, trained by Neil McKnight in Northern Ireland, makes the trip over the Irish Sea, but could find another Ayr winner Lucinda Russell’s Newtown Lad a tough nut to crack.

The other feature race run half an hour later is a two and a half mile handicap hurdle, and this looks like being the most open heat of the afternoon. Dan Skelton sends Willow’s Warrior on the 640 mile round trip from his Warwickshire base, but this 10 year-old has questions to answer and Galston trainer Mike Smith’s Strong Economy (pictured above) could follow up a recent win at the track off a light weight.

Leading Flat trainer Mark Johnston saddles Golden Jeffrey in the bumper at 5.15pm, but Sandy Thomson’s McGowan’s Pass caught the eye in a similar race at Ayr last month and is the one to beat.

The first race is at 2.10pm with gates open at 12.10pm.

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.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

CKD Galbraith offers for sale a beautiful country house with private grounds

Leading independent Scottish property consultancy CKD Galbraith is offering for sale a beautiful country house near Alloway.

Whiteleys is situated amidst prime Ayrshire countryside surrounded by its own land of some thirty acres and sheltered on three sides by mature woodland. The property lies just two miles outside the village of Alloway, well known for it leafy avenues and high value homes.

Historically, Whiteleys was a working farm but has retired gracefully into a comfortable family home. There is a pretty cottage (Stable Cottage) which sits independently and has four double bedrooms all on one level – perfect for additional family members or generating an income as a letting property.

The accommodation of Whiteleys House is well proportioned with bright, spacious rooms all on one level. 

The lounge - almost 30feet in length - has a bay of windows overlooking the gardens and the conservatory which lies off the lounge takes full advantage of the tranquil countryside views. The dining room can be entered from the lounge or the hallway and has a door out to the gardens. 

The kitchen is fitted with a range of shaker style units and has ample room for a breakfasting table or a sociable sitting room. There is also a well-equipped utility room and a shower room adjacent to the kitchen – ideally located for washing muddy hands. 

There are three good sized bedrooms. The master bedroom has excellent storage and a luxurious en suite bathroom. The office, which was created from a former byre, could easily be a large fourth bedroom if required. 

Despite its generous proportions, Whiteleys is both economical and environmentally friendly as the present owners installed a number of solar and hot water panels with a feed in tariff of £1,300 per annum.

The outbuildings of Whiteleys are clean and well maintained. There is a stable block with five good sized stables, a tack room and a large stock shed (120ft). In addition there are various workshops and stores as well as garaging with remote controlled doors. The grazing land is divided into four enclosures and is high quality, fertile land.

Offers Over £850,000 (as whole) are being sought. PDF available on

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 
7 Killoch Place 
Ayr KA7 2EA 

Contact: R A Cherry BSc MRICS 
Tel: 01292 268181 
Fax: 01292 292300 
To find out more about CKD Galbraith visit

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

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Green light for transformational plans to breathe new life into Ayr riverside

Ambitious plans to transform a neglected part of Ayr's historic town centre into a thriving new public realm have been approved by South Ayrshire Council. The new masterplan from Ayr Renaissance involves the demolition of a section of High Street to create a new thriving hub.

The masterplan, which involves the regeneration of land between the medieval "Auld Brig" and the Victorian "New Bridge", includes the demolition of the massive retail stores which have blocked access to the river since the 1960s, the creation of landscaped public realm, alongside a festival building and an elegant new waterfront for the town.

The masterplan will deliver a vision for a mixed development including quality office accommodation and housing, as well as space for niche retail units, cafes, restaurants and spaces for public engagement. The plan sets out a commitment to top quality design including the use of materials that relate to existing historic buildings and to an overall scale that respects the surrounding conservation area.

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said the decision marked an exciting time, not just for Ayr, but for the whole of South Ayrshire, "I'm very proud we're now at the point when we will see the physical works to regenerate Ayr get underway. This has been a long time coming and marks the start of a whole new era for the town that will create a legacy for generations to come.

"The transformation of this riverside site and the opportunities to open up the river as a feature once again, will breathe new life into the town and will well and truly ensure Ayr is a true destination of choice for living, working and leisure. Ayr has a vibrant and exciting future ahead – and it starts now."

Traditional vennels, in keeping with the existing town centre, will open up informal pedestrian connections throughout the Riverside Block site from all directions; while in the longer term, the River Ayr Walk, which currently ends at the Auld Brig, could continue across the site, running along the river to the sea. The north shore is also part of the plan which will be re-landscaped as part of the framing of a new River Square including the stretch of river flanked by both bridges - with the potential to become the focal point for festivities and events.

James Knox, Chairman of Ayr Renaissance, said: "This decision marks a turning point in the fortunes of Ayr. Decades of blight will be swept away, opening up the river to the locals for the first time in generations.

"Our masterplan offers a humane and beautiful solution to the transformation of this key sight which will act as a magnet for visitors, office workers and inhabitants alike."

The masterplan was prepared by architect Niall McLaughlin, who has worked extensively for Oxford University and the London Olympic Authority, and Charles Jencks, world renowned land artist and co-founder of Maggie's Centres which builds cancer centres designed the world's top architects.

The full application for the Ayr Riverside Block can be found CLICK HERE.

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