CKD Galbraith Strengthens Residential Property Team in Ayrshire

Leading Scottish property consultants, CKD Galbraith today announced the expansion of its residential sales team within the well established Ayr office, following the recent amalgamation of Donalds Chartered Surveyors.

The firm has appointed Robert Taylor (pictured), an experienced professional who for the last four years has been working in the hotel investment and property sales market with leading global real estate agency Colliers International.

Robert is from a farming background in Lanarkshire, where he started his career working as an auctioneer and chartered surveyor in the rural sector. Robert will be working alongside Tom Donald, formerly of Donalds Chartered Surveyors and now a consultant at CKD Galbraith, providing a wide variety of professional advice to farmers and landowners, as well as assisting businesses secure lending facilities through the agricultural mortgage corporation.

This appointment demonstrates CKD Galbraith’s commitment to the Ayrshire market, and marks a significant move to advance the firm’s existing residential offerings as the firm enjoys continued success in the local market under its recently expanded operation.   

Bob Cherry, partner and head of CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office, said: “It’s a very exciting time for us at present with our recent amalgamation with Donalds Chartered Surveyors. Having retained all staff from Donalds in the merge and further strengthening our team through the appointment of Robert, who brings with him a great breadth of experience, we are delighted to expand the range of rural and residential property services now offered by our firm in Ayrshire.”

Robert Taylor said: “I am delighted to join the team of professionals in Ayr. The local Ayrshire market, with which I’m very familiar, presents an exciting one to work in, and given my experience in the rural, commercial and residential sectors, I very much look forward to working on a range of projects across these diverse markets.”

The residential department at Ayr is currently handling property sales in excess of £45million, 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.

For information on properties for sale or to let through CKD Galbraith in Ayrshire please visit or contact the Ayr office on 01292 268181.

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 large estates and woodland, valuations 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 extended to most areas over Scotland.  Donalds was fully merged with CKD Galbraith on 1 September 2010.

CKD Galbraith’s Ayr office:

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

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

Independent property consultancy CKD Galbraith’s Ayr Office is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council 
Clydesdale Bank       
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort 
Ayr Racecourse       
Western House Hotel       
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants       
Frazer Coogans Solicitors  
Accident & Injury Claims Centre       
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers       
Donald Ross Estate Agents:       
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors        
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants       
Paligap Creative Agency       
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects      
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club       
Fouters Restaurant     
Christie Financial Planning Ltd 
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors 
Kestrel Press  
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio        
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail



Contact: Murdoch MacDonald
Phone: 01292 281498