Founded in 1999, Cairn is now a team of specialists in residential property investment. Managing Director David Rowand saw that his estate agency clients could benefit from more than sales or purchase advice and help with negotiation. Property assets could deliver more return with the right development, refurbishment, letting management and property maintenance programmes. Cairn began as a property company, developing and selling on existing properties. Now it works mainly with investor clients; sourcing, developing, managing and selling residential investment properties to maximise return for their owners.

How we do business

Personal connection is central to Cairn's ethos. We want to build long-term relationships with our clients. Agency means standing in your client's shoes and Cairn takes that responsibility seriously. Client's individual goals for their properties become Cairn's goals too. We offer honest advice coming from experience and expertise but geared to your own expectations.

How we add value

Adding value is at the heart of what we do. Identifying opportunities and delivering returns is why we make a difference.

- Cairn specialists in the profitable but highly regulated HMO (House of Multiple Occupancy) market have a reputation for sourcing and developing properties not only to respected standards, but also to deliver above-market returns.

- Commitment to regular inspection and a robust tenant contact and management programme ensures clients have peace of mind.

- Off market opportunities can offer enhanced returns and Cairn's industry connections bring consistently high-quality stock to us.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • HMO Specialists
  • Estate Agents
  • Letting Agents

Serviced Areas

  • Scotland

Contact Details

  Website
  City Glasgow
  Postcode G12 8NX
  Address 34 Gibson Street
  Phone Number 0141 270 7878

Products & Services

Letting HMOs can deliver greater yields for investors, but is subject to stricter and more complex controls than general residential letting. HMOs are properties let to 3 or more unconnected people and include student lettings – Cairn’s area of expertise. Demand for student properties always outstrips supply, so if landlords can comply with the legislation, voids will be minimal. If the property delivers on quality, rent levels will be at the higher end of the spectrum.


Selling your property smoothly takes communication. Each member of Cairn’s sales team will know your property’s details, and its special features. We keep talking to potential purchasers, for feedback and to promote your property. We also keep talking to you, making sure you know what’s going on and helping you take the right action.

  • I would not recommend this business
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  • Can't even set a viewing

Infinite Incompetence

Found an ad on Gumtree for a nicely looking property. I was told by the owner to call this agency so I did and here all the trouble begins.

They weren't able to schedule a viewing for late afternoon, e.g. after 5pm (which is the only option for me during the weekdays). So we finally settled on Saturday. When my friend arrived there (as I wasn't able to myself) it turned out no one told the current tenants and hence the viewing was cancelled. They even asked me for confirmation whether I am coming that day and they didn't bother to check if everything is alright on their side.

But OK that happens, or so I thought. Called them again on Tuesday to reschedule. Same problem again, can't do viewings after 5pm, this time Saturday's not possible as well. They told me to call on Thursday. Thursday comes so I give them a call and suddenly they can do late afternoons - next week's Thursday 6pm.

Today comes, so I want to make sure the viewing's happening so I give them yet another call. Guess what, the property's already let. About 20 minutes after the call (and less than 4 hours before the viewing) they also send me an email the viewing's cancelled, but I doubt they'd send it if I didn't call.

Never going for this agency again.

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  • I would recommend this business

David and Karyn recently carried out work on our property. Not only are they both genuinely lovely people and a pleasure to have in our home but the work was all carried out to the highest of standards. As was the clean up at the end of each day. So refreshing to find such a punctual and reliable service and we will definitely use them again.

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  • I would recommend this business

Recently moved into a property in larkhall using Cairn Estate and Letting Agency. I have had a very positive experience using this letting agent particularly Sarah Carrell. She has been very professional and informative and always replies to queries and emails with efficiency. She has also been a very good communication link between myself and my landlord with any queries. I would definitely recommend this company and Sarah to anyone looking to rent or buy a property and wish I had been put in touch with them before using any other letting agent as I have previous bad experiences with other companies.

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  • I would recommend this business

Currently at the tail end of getting my second house , can openly commend cairn letting for the hard work and tolerance with my particular purchase , especially Moya and Sheena who will no doubt have been hearing my voice in there nightmare with how many times I phoned and pestered them for many a miracle update on my future home.

Moya who was upfront and completely honest with me in letting me know that because of the seller/lender that my house was being sold through would take a long and strenuous time due to the legal requirements of buying the property right form the beginning and even when I phoned and phoned for updates ( knowing full well she contacted me the minute she had something as well as Sheena too) were still pleasant and understanding of my personal situation for needing updates.

Can’t thank you enough !

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  • I would recommend this business

Firstly you are lucky if your viewing is conducted by Gemma as she is just fantastic at her job, really friendly and funny with a casual approach. The whole team seems to deliver quality customer service, from the girl who picked up the phone to arrange the viewing to Moya the branch manager in Glasgow.
If you're unsure whether or not to use Cairn, I would 100% recommend them. So far we have only viewed and noted interest in the property (fingers crossed) and we are already wholly impressed by them. I've experienced many a letting agent in the past few years and Cairn have surpassed the rest by miles so far!

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Customer Testimonials

I am the purchaser of a repossession that cairns had for sale and from the start they have been nothing but amazing allowing viewings access to measure things even down to pushing the sellers for an decision on the offer Moya in particular has been 1st class worth her weight in gold. And lately Chris too. They have gone above and beyond it would not have been possible to get things done without them. 5star service and I wasn't even their client amazing job guys you all deserve a pay rise. Thank you for everything


Living in a different city and trying to sell a property is extremely difficult, Moya was very understanding of my situation and supportive at every stage of the way.
Thank you!


A few small issues with property that have been dealt with quickly by Julianne - who has been brilliant throughout the whole process.


My husband and I rented our first flat together using this letting agency, and we couldn’t be happier with the service. I’ve dealt with a few dodgy landlords and agencies in the past, so it was a welcome change to have such an organised, professional team on hand. Any issues we’ve had (hardly any, by the way) have been dealt with promptly and communication between us and the landlord has been made so easy thanks to Cairn. Everyone that we’ve dealt with have been so patient and friendly, and it’s honestly been a joy renting this property.


I recently dealt with Moya McVey at Cairn and found her to be polite, helpful and extremely well informed on all aspects of the residential market. Moya promptly followed up on my enquiry and provided all the information I'd requested. Highly recommended!


Hospitable, chatty and a pleasure to deal with, I first used this company whilst letting as a student nearby and I continue to use them years and several flats later. Any time you pop in your met with a wall of smiles with an air professionalism that is unrivalled in the area.

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From Our Website

Regardless of whether you're a seasoned investor or a complete newbie we have curated a highly skilled team experienced in property investment, estate agency, letting and development. Together we have years of experience in the market across all tenant sectors. We are 'The Investor's Agency'. Spacious and well presented second floor one bedroom apartment which has great potential for a wide range of buyers such as first time buyers or those taking their next step on the property ladder. Alternatively, this property is an excellent opportunity for investors and landlords, with a rental potential of circa 5,400 per annum, gross yield of 9%.


As property investors ourselves, we understand how to add value to property. We have a dedicated team of experienced tradesmen to deliver a full refurbishment or renovation to your specification managed by our in house project team. The House in Multiple Occupancy sector is highly regulated. Minimum standards apply in terms of accommodation, fit out, finish and safety features. Cairn consistently win praise for our HMO properties. We have invested in building a team of specialists who can take you from acquisition through to planning, development (including full conversion) and delivery.


Modern detached villa originally a four bedroom but currently functioning as a three bedroom situated in popular and sought after development built by Persimmon Homes. Enjoying generous corner garden grounds, with mature woodland outlook. Three bedroom immaculately presented and newly refurbished property, offers 3 beds and additional study/office space room a shower room and additional bathroom. Open plan kitchen/dining space and separate living area. Set within a block of 9 properties, this flat offers secure parking, video door entry system, communal gardens and shared garden room, all within the highly sought after area of Corstorphine.