If you’re a Rothesay local, you’ve got your own convenient test centre to head to! Rothesay test centre is situated in the local jobcentre, right next to Rothesay Castle, on King Street. Though there’s plenty of sights worth visiting, you’ll only have time to focus on the roads on the build up to your driving test. To make things easier for yourself then, spend some time familiarising yourself with your chosen test centre.

Keep reading for a thorough look at what happens in the driving test, an analysis of driving test pass rates and much more!


C/o Dept. Of Employment 9 King Street Rothesay Argyll and Bute PA20 0DE

Tests Offered at Rothesay

  • Car



Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Taking a sneak peek around Rothesay test centre before your driving instructor takes you around the area? Well, aren’t you eager? To avoid taking a detour, or ending up at the wrong place entirely, use these directions with a sat nav.

A Bit More About Rothesay

Your driving test will start out in the centre of Rothesay, which will likely be a challenge no matter what time of day it is—the roads are compact, and there’s a wide range of local businesses and tourist attractions. With the high likelihood of heavy road and foot traffic, you’ll need to make sure you’re making your observations frequently.

The driving examiner might take you up towards Port Bannatyne, or take you on a loop around Bute itself—starting near Craigmore, down the A844 towards Stranavan, before curving back towards Rothesay via Meikle Grenach. There’s no way of knowing for sure, of course, but as long as you’re comfortable with driving on rural roads, you should be more than ready to tackle your Rothesay test route!

If you’re tired of learning about Rothesay’s road types, why not look at its local history or other more general information? Check out these links:

Rothesay Test Pass Rates

Interested in driving test pass rates? What a coincidence—we love pass rates! Did you know, for example, that the current national average stands at 45.9%? If that’s a bit too general for you, we’ve compiled Rothesay test centre’s pass rates from the last five years so that you can see how learners heading there have fared.

As you can see below, Rothesay’s pass rates have been well above the national average. As impressive as this is, try to remember that it’s your hard work and performance on the day that will determine your chances of passing!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
67.9% 71.8% 69.5% 54.6% 61.8%

What If I Can't Go To Rothesay? 

Not sure if Rothesay test centre is a good enough fit for you anymore? If you’re willing to take a ferry, your closest alternative test centre is:

What To Expect On The Day

Gotten to the end of your driving lessons, but don’t feel 100% ready? That’s perfectly normal! Plenty of learners suffer from a bad case of nerves on their big day, so don’t panic about it too much. If nerves are a big concern for you, just check out our guide on avoiding test day nerves, and our top relaxation tips!

On the day of your test, get to Rothesay test centre 10 minutes early with your provisional licence. Once you’ve parked the car, you’ll meet the examiner in the reception area. They’ll introduce themselves, ask to see your provisional and then get you to sign a form.

Your driving test will then consist of:

  • An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
  • Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
  • Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

Learning to drive shouldn’t have to take months, or years. That’s why PassMeFast’s range of crash course packages are designed to be taken at an intensive or semi-intensive pace. Depending on your preferences and availability, you could earn your licence in Rothesay in mere weeks!

So, how does it all work? We start off by finding out when you’d ideally like to pass your test by, how intensively you’d like to learn and what your overall schedule is like. Working with this information, our customer experience team will be able to book you a test and match you up with a local ADI. You and your instructor will then take to the roads around Rothesay test centre to refine your skills and ensure that you’re ready to tackle whatever comes your way in the test.

Start your driving journey today by heading over to our course prices page. Once you know how many hours you need to become test-ready, simply give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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