Property Specialists CKD Galbraith Merge with Donalds Chartered Surveyors

Leading Scottish property consultants CKD Galbraith today (Monday) announced details of their expansion in Ayrshire with the amalgamation of Donalds Chartered Surveyors.

[Pictured: Bob Cherry, partner and head of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office.]

Donalds is a diverse practice including land agency, development consultancy and cottage lettings. The merger, which will take effect from 1 September this year, will result in an expansion of the range of rural and residential property services offered by the firm.

All staff at Donalds Chartered Surveyors will be retained by CKD Galbraith and will continue to serve the needs of their clients as a fully integrated part of the enlarged firm.

Residential lettings are an important part of the business of both firms, and the expanded lettings department in Ayr will manage well over 300 properties and provide a comprehensive service second to none. 

Bob Cherry, partner and head of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “We have been working in conjunction with Donalds on various projects and instructions over many years, and we very much look forward to building on our successful relationship in the Ayrshire property market. Donalds has a similar ethos to ours and we strive to provide the highest quality of personal service that clients have come to expect.”

Tom Donald of Donalds Chartered Surveyors, who will become a consultant at CKD Galbraith, said: “The Donalds team welcomes the opportunities this merger will provide, and is confident that all clients will benefit from it.”

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office is currently handling sales in excess of £45million with property types ranging from cottages and conversions to country houses, farms and estates.

Examples of properties currently being marketed through CKD Galbraith include:

*  Skeldon Estate – an exceptional residential, sporting and agricultural estate on the banks of the River Doon. For sale as a whole at offers over £6m or in three lots.

*  Drumbar, by Ayr – an impressive country house, with separate flat near Alloway set within mature private grounds for sale at a guide price of £1m.

*  Mallard Cottage at Burton Farm – a traditional country farm steading which makes for a wonderful country house near Ayr for sale at a fixed price of £320,000.

*  Cambusdoon Lodge – a delightful listed cottage in historic Alloway with terraced garden offering views over Belleisle Golf Course for sale at offers over £195,000.

Alternatively contact Bob Cherry of CKD Galbraith on 01292 292303 or email: 

Tom Donald of Donalds Chartered Surveyors can be contacted on 01560 600581, or e-mail 

About CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy specialising in serving the needs of private clients. It employs over 180 people in offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Cupar, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Castle Douglas, Ayr, Elgin, Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles.

The partnership provides the full range of property consulting services across the commercial, residential and rural sectors throughout Scotland. The company enjoys a successful relationship with its associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.

The company’s rural arm specialises in farm sales and purchases, the management and sale of estates and woodland, valuation, professional work and building surveying work.

About Donalds Chartered Surveyors

The firm was established by Tom Donald in 1991, continuing a family tradition of five generations’ standing in serving and advising the farming and rural business community on a wide range of property matters, and with specialisations in planning and compensation, landlord and tenant relations and dispute resolution.

Although concentrated in the west and central regions, the firm’s client base extends to most areas over Scotland.


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

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

Contact: Murdoch MacDonald
Phone: 01292 281498