There is great potential to attract visitors to explore its territory by bus, but having moved recently to the area, STEVEN ARDRON says Dumfries & Galloway Council needs to improve the standard and availability of basic information available to the public on where and when services operate

One of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s own buses, Iveco Daily PX18 GUW, leaving the village of Monreith for Port William, a journey scheduled to take just 5min. 


moved recently from Hertfordshire to Dumfries and thought that I might share my experiences of obtaining travel information on the bus network in the Dumfries & Galloway council area.

The South West of Scotland Transport Partnership (Swestrans) oversees the provision of bus services in the county. It has a website ( which unfortunately has more information on what I would term corporate matters than it does on public-facing information about bus services. 

Bus times information is a link to the Dumfries & Galloway website, more of which later. There is, however, under ‘service information’ a link to a pdf sustainable travel map which dates from 2016.

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