24th March 2019 - contactless payments & exact fare policy

From Monday 1st April 2019, all of our Services will accept contactless payments by VISA, MasterCard, Apple Pay and Google Pay!

Simply say to the driver your destination and ticket choice, then place your card on the reader.

Unfortunately, we will no longer give out change on this date and must have exact fare or pay by contactless.

For more information, visit our Fares & Tickets page by clicking here.

21ST November 2018 - FESTIVE ARRANGEMENTS 2018/2019

Our offices will be closed 25th, 26th & 27th Dec and 1st & 2nd Jan.  

84 / 84A / 84B & 340

Normal Service except early finish at 20:53 Twechar on 24th & 31st Dec (84) and Sunday Service on 26th Dec & 2nd Jan (84/340)

47/47A, 184/184A

Normal Service except 25th, 26th Dec, 1st, 2nd Jan.


13th September 2018 - Mon 24th September HOLIDAY

47, 47A, 184 & 184A

The above Service will NOT operate on Monday 24th September 2018.

84, 84A, 84B & 340

The above Services will operate a Sunday timetable on Monday 24th September 2018.

13th July 2018 - Service 340

We are delighted to announce that we will take over Service 340 on behalf of SPT / NHS from Sunday 15th July. Timetable (except last journey) will remain the same including the fares.

Please click here for the timetable and fares table.


47, 47A, 184 & 184A

The above Service will NOT operate on Glasgow Fair Monday 16th July 2018.

84, 84A, 84B & 340

The above Services will operate a Sunday timetable on Glasgow Fair Monday 16th July 2018.

Note: McColl's shall no longer operate the 27 or 381 from Monday 8th July, please refer to SPT for new operator information.

22nd June 2018 - Fares Revision from Monday 16th July 2018

We will be revising some of our single fares including the below multi-journey tickets from Monday 16th July 2018:

Day Ticket £3.50

Child Day Ticket remains £1.50

Child Single (flat fare) £1.00

12th march 2018 - easter service arrangements

No Services will operate on Monday 2nd April 2018 except Service 84/84A/84B which will operate a Sunday timetable.

18th January 2018 - New Ticket Machines

From Sunday 28th January, new ticket machines will be installed on all of our buses.

We ask for your patience as drivers adjust to the new machines which shall ultimately make things quicker and easier.

The new machines will also allow us to bring new features in the near future.

15th November 2017 - FESTIVE ARRANGEMENTS 2017/2018

Our offices will be closed from Friday 29th December until Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

84 / 84A / 84B

Normal Service except early finish at 21:53 Twechar on 24th & 31st Dec and Sunday Service on 26th Dec & 2nd Jan.

27, 47/47A, 184/184A & 381

No Service 25th, 26th Dec, 1st, 2nd Jan and 47/47A will operate Saturday Service on 27th & 29th Dec.


Service 8040 (Dumbarton East - OLSP, BELLSMYRE)

We are delighted to announce the introduction of a new pre-paid school bus service operating from the Dumbarton East area to the new OLSP in Bellsmyre. The service is intended to be operated with a double decker and shall always have a bus attendant.

The service will commence on Wednesday 25th October 2017 on a trial basis until the Christmas Holidays. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling our office (see more info at footnote), no tickets will be sold on the bus and exclusive to pupils of OLSP.

Following a successful trial, we will continue to operate the Service on a term basis as per the school holidays, ie

Winter (25th Oct to 21st Dec 2017)
Spring (8th Jan to 29th Mar 2018)
Summer (16th Apr to 28th Jun 2018)
Autumn (14th Aug to 11th Oct 2018)

Tickets can be purchased now and future term tickets can be purchased approx. 3 weeks prior to commencement. Early access will be given 4 weeks prior to priority parents whom have booked the bus in previous terms (by order of sale), this will be communicated by email when available.

Ticket Price & How to Purchase

Price per day per pupil   £2.50

Winter Term (42 Days at £2.50)  £105

You can purchase tickets on our website ( or call our office on 01389 754 321.

If purchased online, you will receive an e-ticket which can be used until such time your child receives a plastic card version in the post (around 3 working days).

Timetable & Route Map

You can either download from our website ( or call our office on 01389 754 321 for a hard copy version to be posted.

Note: The service will recognise all bus stops along the route specified and the timetable only shows summarised timing points for point of reference.

If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

14th september 2017 - OLD £1 COINS

From Monday 2nd October 2017, we will no longer accept old £1 coins and only the new 12-sided £1 coin. The old round £1 coin will no longer be legal tender from 15th October 2017.

29th August 2017 - Fares Revision effective Mon 2nd October

We will be revising our Adult Single fares effective Mon 2nd October 2017. Our flat child single fares will remain the same at only 70p.

Our Day Ticket remains £3 including Child Day Ticket at £1.50. Our Weekly ticket and 10 journey ticket exclusive to the 27 will be withdrawn.

Service 47/47A single fares will remain unchanged.

28th June 2017 - Service 84/84A/84B - Hillhead Road Closure

On Monday 3rd July, Hillhead Road from it's junction of John Street to roundabout at Eastside Kirkintilloch will be closed from 08:00 until 18:00hrs or until completion of works.

Passengers please note, due to SGN gas main replacement works, this bus will be redirected for the duration of the works heaeding towards Kirkintilloch normal route to Hillhead Road at Redbrae Road, Waterside Road, B8048, New Lairdsland Road, Rochdale, High Street, circle roundabout and then normal route and same in reverse.

We apologise for the short notice but only notified by East Dubartonshire Council on 28th June 2017.

20th June 2017 - NEW Services 47 & 184 from 17th July 2017

We are happy to announce two new services commencing Monday 17th July 2017 on behalf of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

Adult Singe fares will remain the same but will now benefit from our multi journey tickets such as our All Day Ticket at only £3!

For timetable information, please click here.

19th june 2017 - trainee school bus drivers

 We are recrutiing for trainee school bus drivers in Dumbarton area for the schools going back in August 2017. McColl’s operate many school bus services throughout Dumbarton, Paisley and Kilsyth on behalf of local authorities. Drivers are responsible to ensure a safe, reliable and professional   home to school service for pupils. Working part time from 16 hours at £9.00 per hour Mon to Fri per school week and off school holidays. 

There is many benefits but the biggest by far is McColl's paying your training to gain a bus licence up front (£1,500!), you repay half the cost over 12 months in your employment contract.

If you enjoy working with children (primary and secondary age), this job is right up your street!

For more information, please visit our careers page by clicking here.

19th June 2017 - Service 84/84A/84B - Temporary Road Closure

Service 84/84A/84B will be diverted from Monday 26th June until Friday 30th June (or until completion of works) toward Kirkintilloch via:

normal route to Hillhead Road at Newdyke Road, Newdyke Road, Meriklehill Road, Shells Road, Hillhead Road and then normal route and same in reverse.

The scheduled timetable may be subject to disruption during this period. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

17th March 2017 - Easter Monday (17th April 2017) Service Levels

Service 27, 207 & 381 will NOT operate.

Service 84/84A/84B will operate a SUNDAY timetable.

 If you require any further information, please call 01389 754 321.

16th December 2016 - Festive Service Levels 84, 84A, 84B

Normal Service with the following exceptions:

24th & 31st December - Saturday Service finishing early at Twechar (21:58)

No Service Christmas Day or 1st January

Sunday Service will operate on 26th Dec & 2nd January

If you require any further information, please call 01389 754 321.

Our offices will be closed between 24th December until Boxing Day. We open on the 28th, 29th & 30th December between 10am & 3pm and close again until Wednesday 4th January. Normal office hours resume on Thursday 5th January 2017.

We would like to wish all of our Customers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

9th December 2016 - Festive Service Levels 27, 207 & 381

Normal Service up until 24th December with the exception of 25th, 26th Dec & 1st, 2nd Jan no service. Full normal service will resume on 3rd January.

If you require any further information, please call 01389 754 321.

Our offices will be closed between 24th December until Boxing Day. We open on the 28th, 29th & 30th December between 10am & 3pm and close again until Wednesday 4th January. Normal office hours resume on Thursday 5th January 2017.

We would like to wish all of our Customers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

17th October 2016 - Service 84/84A/84B revised Route and Timetable

From Monday 17th October 2016, the above Service will have a revised route (Waterside on Sunday) and timetable (diversion off peak through Townhead). Please click here for the revised timetable.

8th September 2016 - September Weekend Service Levels

On Monday 26th September 2016, the Services below will operate as follows:

16th June 2016 - Service 27, 84, 84A & 84B - Kirkintilloch Town Centre Works

From 29 June 2016 until 18 July 2016, Catherine Street will be closed. Our Services will operate via New Lairdsland Road, B757, Townhead then via normal route. From 19th July until further notice, Cowgate will be closed between Catherine Street and West High Street for street works in Kirkintilloch town centre.

On behalf of SPT, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 13th may 2016 - service 81/81A change of operator

Service 81/81A will be operated by McGill's Buses from Sunday 29th May 2016.

12th may 2016 - holiday service levels on mon 30th may

The following Services below will operate as follows on Monday 2nd May:

9th May 2016 - Service 208 Withdrawal

It is with regret that our Service 208 will be withdrawn and the last day of Service will be Saturday 4th June 2016.

25th april 2016 - holiday service levels on mon 2nd may

The following Services below will operate as follows on Monday 2nd May:

3rd march 2016 - Easter service levels on mon 28th march

The following Services below will operate as follows on Easter Monday:


27th january 2016 - service 1b withdrawal

Passengers are advised, our Service 1B last day of operation will be Saturday 13th February 2016. The decision has been made by SPT whom fund the operation of the Service.


9th december 2015 - service festive arrangements

Please find below our Service arrangments over the festive period.  We would like to wish all our Customers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Our offices will be closed on the 25th, 26th & 28th December and 1st & 2nd January. From 29th to 31st December we will be open from 10am until 2pm.


Please click on the appropriate Service for more information:

Service 1B, 27, 207 & 381

Service 81 & 81A

Service 84, 84A & 84B

Service 208

Service SPT MyBus


7th december 2015 - fares revision from mon 18th january 2016


1st november 2015 - service 208 from mon 9th november

We are delighted to announce the return of our Service 208 operating between Silverton, Dumbarton and Brucehill from Monday 9th November 2015. Click here to download the timetable.


21st september 2015 - holiday monday 28th september

Passengers are advised, we will operate a Sunday timetable on Monday 28th September with the following exceptions


15th september 2015 - Supporting local charities

As a local family business, we are very proud to support local charities and have recently just helped two by providing free Coach travel.

ROHHAD Association based in Balloch recently contacted us for a requirement of Coach travel to STV Glasgow. Lauren Hunter has wrote a song for her little brother who suffers from ROHHAD syndrome and due to perform with fellow singers from Singer Station, Bonhill to help raise awareness.

Transport was required to get all the kids up-to Glasgow and we were more than happy to help, a small contribution for something truly inspiring.

ROHHAD syndrome is a rare syndrome affecting children, causing previously normal healthy children to gain weight and have breathing difficulties, as well as other problems. Almost every child with ROHHAD syndrome is different as they vary in the timing of the onset of symptoms as well as the degree and range of features. As there is no definitive test for ROHHAD syndrome and it is primarily a descriptive syndrome, the diagnosis is challenging and not always considered. It is likely that ROHHAD syndrome is not one single condition, but a collection of similar conditions with different causes which would explain the wide spectrum seen in this syndrome. Due to the unpredictable nature of ROHHAD syndrome and the associated unexpected death, both health professionals and families want to be sure of the diagnosis.

For more information regarding the ROHHAD Association and syndrome, please visit


The Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) have recently visited Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh for their siblings day and had a great time! Glad we could help out and look forward to seeing you again.

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. They offer care for the whole family in two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. They also run a homecare service called CHAS at Home helping families in their own homes across Scotland when they need it most.

For more information regarding CHAS and their important work, please visit:


13th september 2015 - upgraded coaches, FLEET INVESTMENT

We are proud to announce our Fleet Investment drive targeting our Coach and Double Decker Fleet.

We have already taken delivery of two Temsa Safari HD Coaches powered by DAF Euro 4 Engines with another two scheduled early 2016. Both Coaches feature Air Conditioning, LED Lighting, Free WiFi, Foot Rests, Table Trays, Kitchenettes and more.


It's not only Coach passengers seeing the benefit, our double deckers will also be entirely replaced by 15 x Volvo B7 Alexander 400's featuring an upgraded modern interior and low floor, disabled access!

Liam McColl, Director: "The first two Coaches entering Service this week will see the start of £480,000 Investment in upgrading our Coaches and a further £300,000 upgrading in our Double Deckers toward the end of the year. Some of the extra features such as Free onboard Wifi, LED Mood Lighting and trimmed seating in Corporate Colours are just some examples for our passengers to experience. This commitment by McColl's will ensure we provide the best quality, comfort and economic fleet to our Customer's and staff alike. 

Our Day Trips & Tours will be starting early 2016 and we will soon have a full itinerary of destinations across the UK at competitive prices. With our strong sales in Private Coach/Corporate Hire, we will also be expanding the fleet to accommodate more bookings and contracts."

More details regarding the upgraded double deckers will soon follow!

6th august 2015 - new online payment facility

We now have a NEW Online Payment Facility on our website. Customers can make payments towards Invoices including deposit/balances for Private Coach Hire 24/7.

We are one of very few Coach operators in Scotland to offer this online facility relating to coach hire - it's just another added benefit of choosing McColl's making the whole booking experience easier and faster!

Click here to use the facility now.


25th July 2015 - on board wifi TRIAL

We are currently trialling FREE on board Wifi on some of our Executive Coaches available for private hire and tour work. Passengers can simply search for "McColls FREE Wifi" on their electronic device and hit connect - simple!

Browse the internet or check email on the go at 4G broadband speeds without paying a penny!!

Look out for the Wifi sticker on our Coaches to take advantage and we let us know what you think. All going well with the trial, we will be rolling out on all our Coaches in Autumn of this year.


16th july 2015 - service 84a, road closure sun 30th AUG

0600 - 2000 Hours : Cowgate and West High Street, Kirkintilloch

Passengers are advised that service 84A will be subject to a diversion during the above period.       
As a result of this diversion service 84A will be unable to serve bus stops on Cowgate and West High Street during the period of the closure       
The scheduled timetable will be subject to disruption during this period. SPT and McColl's apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.                           


6th july 2015 - service 207, disruption sat 28th july

Due to the closure of Balloch Road, would passengers please note that service 207 will be diverted during the above period and may be subject to disruption. As a result of this diversion bus stops on Balloch Road will not be served during the closure.

SPT and McColl's regret any inconvenience to passengers.

27th May 2015 - Service 381, Road Closure

Passengers are advised, from Monday 1st June until Friday 31st July - Kingsway in Kilsyth will be closed for road works.

Service 381 will be diverted from Kilsyth, Haughton Avenue – Normal route to Kingston Road, right Parkburn Road, left Kingsway, right Kelvin way, then normal route and same in reverse.

There will be a disruption to the scheduled timetable during the closure and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


24th March 2015 - finance manager required

 We are no longer accepting applications, thanks for your interest. 


16th March 2015 - PSV Mechanic Required

The position has now been filled, thanks for your interest.



A Sunday timetable will operate on the following Bank Holiday Mondays : 

Monday 6th April (Easter Monday)
Monday 4th May
Monday 25th May

Where the service does not operate on a Sunday, no service will operate with exception of the 307 which will operate a Saturday Service on all three holiday Monday's.


15th march 2014 - new service 207 from 31st march

From 31st March 2014, we will be operating the Service 207 (Lomond Shores - Beechwood Drive) on behalf of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. For timetable, please click here.


14th february 2014 - service 27 - new 10 journey ticket

We are delighted to announce a NEW 10 Journey Ticket exlcusively on our Service 27 in support with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

From Monday 17th February 2014, the new 10 Journey ticket priced at ONLY £10 will be available to purchase from your driver. Our Service operates an early morning commuter journey between Kilsyth and Buchanan Bus Station and passengers can now benefit only paying a £1 per journey!!

Conditions apply.


12th December 2013 - Festive Service Levels

We will not be operating any Services on Christmas or New Years Day and will operate a normal Service all other day

For MyBus Festive arrangements, please visit (external website).

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Customers a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

22nd OCTOBER 2013 - RIVERSIDER 100 - NEW OPERATOR FROM 3rd november

McColl's last day of operation of the Riversider 100 will be Saturday 2nd November. First Glasgow will operate the Service from Sunday 3rd November 2013 on behalf of SPT.

For more information, please contact First Glasgow.



Passengers are advised our Service 100 Service will not operate George Square on Saturday 5th October 2013. The Service will be diverted from Argyle St via Hope St, West George St, Renfield St, Union St and then normal route. Click here to view diversion map.

There will be NO SERVICE on Sunday 6th October 2013 due to the extent of Road Closures throughout the majority of the bus route. The Service will resume normal Service on Monday 7th October 2013.

If you require any further information, please call us on 01389 754 321.

17th september 2013 - bank holiday monday (30th sep)

Our Services will operate a normal timetable on Monday 30th September 2013 with the exception of:

 8th july 2013 - glasgow fair monday (15th july)

Our Services will operate a normal Service on Monday 15th July 2013 with the exception of our Services 84/84A/84B which will be a Sunday timetable and Service 27 & 381 will not operate.

5th July 2013 - new service 27 & 381

From Sunday 14th July 2013, we will be operating Services 27 (Kilsyth - Buchanan Bus Station) & 381 (Kilsyth - Twechar)  on behalf of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.

Timetables including fares tables will be available soon.

1st July 2013 - Fares Revision from SUNDAY 14th July 2013

From Sunday 14th July 2013, due to an increase in operating costs, the following fare revisions will apply as follows:
All Day Ticket will increase from £3 to £3.50
Child Day Ticket will increase from £1.50 to £2
Weekly Ticket will increase from £10 to £12
There will also be a slight increase in Adult Single Fares.
Our Special Fares on our Riversider 100 Service will also end on 14th July 2013. This was a special limited time offer when we started the Service in February of this year.
All other fares will remain including our Child Single at only 70p on *any Service for any length of journey.
*excludes Service 27 

21st May 2013 - Bank holiday monday 27th may

 Our Service 84/84A/84B will operate a Sunday Service meanwhile our Service 100 Riversider will operate a normal Service.

18th march 2013 - weather warning

Updated 18/03/2013 at 21:26

The MET office have issued a yellow weather warning for Snow over Monday night and into Tuesday which could bring possible travel disruption to our Services.

We will be continually updating our Twitter account with the latest updates, if you have any concern regarding School Services, you can contact us on 01389 722 987 from 6am.

Please see issued statement from the MET Office below:

"During Monday afternoon and evening snow showers are expected to merge to bring longer periods of snow across eastern Scotland and parts of northeast England. The snow will continue through Monday night and much of Tuesday, especially in more eastern areas where 5 to 10cm is widely expected to build up.
Snow accumulations in more western parts will generally be less than 5cm. Drifting snow will occur, especially over upland areas in gale force East winds. Icy stretches will also develop, especially over upland areas, adding to the hazardous conditions."


8th March 2013 - New Website now Live!

Following our recent annoucement of a new brand design for McColl's, we are delighted to annouce our newly designed website incorporating the recent changes in our business.

Not only has the website been redesigned, we have also made it simplier and easier for our customers to navigate through the site to find exactly what they are looking for. We continue to provide all the same features of the previous site, including the improved online quotation form for coach hire.

Not only that, you now receive a 10% discount if you get a quotation through our website form! (conditions apply). Our fully computerised systems allow our customers to obtain a professional quotation by e-mail and to continue on to a booking all through the internet.

We hope you enjoy the improvements and new design concept, let us know what you think by dropping us a line at!