CKD Galbraith

CKD Galbraith
Industry Real Estate
Founded 2003
Headquarters Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people

James Galbraith, Chairman

Tim Kirkwood CEO
Number of employees

CKD Galbraith is an independent property consultancy in Scotland. The firm offers a range of property consulting services across commercial, residential and rural sectors.


In April 2003, CKD Galbraith was formed through the merger of the Scottish offices of Cluttons with CKD Finlayson Hughes. (The firm has antecedents dating back to the 18th century.) In July 2009, CKD Galbraith acquired the Buccleuch John Sale estate agency and chartered surveying business based in the Scottish borders, thus adding three regional offices to its network.[1]

The company also has a relationship with an associate firm in London, CKD Kennedy Macpherson.


The firm currently employs more than 250 people across 14 regional offices in major cities in Scotland.[2][3] In 2013, CKD Galbraith merged with Hayes Macfarlane becoming one of the top Single Farm Payment brokerages in Scotland.[4]


The firm operate in a range of real estate sectors, including residential, commercial, estate, and farm property. They arrange finance through the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation for commercial farms and estates.

They have an established energy department that advises landowners and other private clients on the suitability and likely return from windfarm developments across Scotland. In February 2011, the firm published a report that estimated the annual rental return for landowners with windfarm developments on their land was £26,000 per annum - a figure that would continue to rise as demand for renewable developments increases.[5]

Estate sales

The firm handled the sale of Taransay, an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland which was the location of the BBC television series Castaway 2000.[6] The property was marketed at an offers-over price of £2 million in June 2011 and was sold to a landowning family for an undisclosed sum.[7]

In recent years, the firm has also been responsible for marketing a number of other large estates including the Heights of Kinlochewe,[8] Tournaig Estate,[9] Dalmagarry Estate[10] and Newtyle Fishings, a stretch of fishing rights on the River Tay.[11]

In September 2011, commentary by the firm found that Scottish estates were changing ownership on average every 16 years, and suggested that Scottish estates were being increasingly targeted by wealthy foreign buyers who saw land as a safe investment option.[12]

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