520 Castle Douglas to Dalmellington

  • Posted on : 5th April 2017

Houstons Coaches started operating this service this week. Unfortunately we have experienced some teething problems and customers experienced a change in fares.

Douglas Kirkpatrick from SWestrans has stated “On 4 April 2017, SWestrans was made aware of concerns relating to increased fares on service 520 Castle Douglas to Dalmellington.  On investigation with our contractor Houstons Coaches, it was evident that this was an error within the contract documentation provided by SWestrans to Houstons. This error has now been rectified and SWestrans would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and also thank Houstons for their co-operation and speedy resolution.”

As of later on today/tomorrow the correct fares will be running. Houstons Coaches would like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and Thank You for being patient with us while we resolved the issue.

Wedding Fayres 2017

  • Posted on : 25th January 2017

It’s Wedding Fayre season!

Roisin will be at the following Wedding Fayres;

Sunday 29th January – Dryfesdale Hotel, Lockerbie

12 Noon until 3pm.

Sunday 19th February – Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries

12 Noon until 4pm

Sunday 26th March – The Wedding Showcase in association with Light Up Your Venue

               – At The Park House, Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries

12 Noon until 3pm

Sunday 2nd April – Woodland House Hotel, Dumfries

12 Noon until 3pm



Houstons Coaches Family Fun Open Day

  • Posted on : 22nd September 2016

On Sunday the 18th of September Houston’s Coaches opened the gates to the depot and allowed the public to come and see what Houston’s Coaches was all about. We offered all members o the public a chance to come and look around and see all the services that Houstons Coaches can provide; 
– Day Excursions
– Executive Private Hire
– Stag/Hen and Wedding Hire
– ATF Testing Station
– Vehicle Service Centre

COMM Travel (cutting out the middleman) were advertising their fantastic overnight tours and holidays that they have on offer for the remainder of 2016/2017. Cutting out the middleman joined partnership with Houston’s Coaches in September 2015 and together we have been working to provide customers from Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria with fantastic customer service, executive and luxury coach travel and a fun and friendly way of exploring the beautiful sights within the United Kingdom.

Nithcree training were on hand to discuss all the services they provide. Michelle and Jo had lots of freebies to give away and packages discussing all of the training that they can provide; LGV training, car/trailer, driver CPC, forklift etc. Nithcree has gone from strength to strength – we have used Nithcree for their services for a number of years and look forward to continuing working with them for our driver training as required.

Dumfries Limo Hire also attended; showcasing one of their fantastic Hummers. People enjoyed sitting in the hummer and seeing all the features the stunning vehicle had to offer. Dumfries Limo Hire is one of the largest limo and hummer hire companies in the area and have an amazing fleet including wedding cars and limousines – executive and vintage.

We also had a bouncy castle, assault course and large slide from Mr Bounce’s Crazy Castles and face painting and glitter tattoos from Event Vision. The fun filled activities provided a lot of entertainment for the children. Luckily the weather stayed dry for the duration of the event.

Most importantly the event was a chance to raise money for a very worthwhile charity, Dumfries and Galloway SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity) Dumfries and Galloway SANDS is a voluntary group of parents who have all experienced the death of a baby, either during pregnancy or soon after the birth. They are dedicated to supporting anyone who has been affected by the death of a baby. They understand everyone grieves differently – while some may be happy to talk, others take comfort from quietly reading about others experiences. They provide a telephone helpline, email support, SANDS groups and an online forum. In order to raise the money we held a raffle which included over 70 prizes; provided kindly by local businesses. Our fundraising on the day allowed us to raise £1,363.25.


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Bus Services over the Christmas and New Year Period 2015.

  • Posted on : 12th November 2015

All local bus companies operating within Dumfries and Galloway will run services as detailed below;

24th December – Normal Services will operate

25th December – No Services

26th December – No Services

27th December – Normal Service (Sunday service)

28th December – Normal Service will operate

29th December – Normal Service will operate

30th December – Normal Service will operate

31st December – Normal Service will operate

1st January – No Services

2nd January – A Sunday service will operate

3rd January – Normal Service (Sunday service)

4th January – Normal Service will operate


  • Posted on : 13th October 2015

In September 2015 Houston’s Coaches started to work in collaboration with Cutting Out the Middleman (COMMtravel),  a local tour company providing you with prestige tours, with excellent customer service at affordable prices.

We provide COMMtravel with luxury executive coaches with experienced friendly drivers, who are fully licenced and fully CRB checked.

They go directly to the travel wholesaler then pass the amazing prices onto the customers. They provide services with the highest level of customer service and satisfaction and do everything they can to meet and surpass expectations. With their vast range of weekends away, short breaks and day trips, you can be sure you will be more than happy to book with them.

For more details you can visit their website , phone them on 01461 500203 or email them on


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As well as helping you plan day trips we plan some of our own, you can see a full list of them on our "Tours" page.