Castle Douglas

Looking to get your hands on a pink licence in Castle Douglas? You won’t have to go far to take your driving test! You’ve got a test centre right in your local area! Situated near the town centre, Castle Douglas test centre shares space with Carlingwark Cottage.

If you’ve decided to take the plunge here, then get a head start by reading our comprehensive test centre guide. We’ll walk you through what to expect from your driving test, how you can increase your chances of passing first time and more!


Carlingwark Cottage Carlingwark Arc, Buchan Street Castle Douglas Dumfries and Galloway DG7 1TH

Tests Offered at Castle Douglas

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Male and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Phone Number

0155 6502422

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you still have no idea where Castle Douglas test centre is, and you don’t want to wait for your instructor to take you there (someone’s an eager beaver!), then just use these directions with a sat nav.

A Bit More About Castle Douglas

Not sure what to expect from your driving test? The examiner will try to incorporate a range of challenging road types and traffic conditions into your test route. By doing so, they’ll be able to determine whether or not you’re ready to take to the roads unsupervised.

The examiner will start things off by guiding you through Castle Douglas, potentially taking you around the roads near Hillowton—there are a couple of local schools here, so keep your eyes peeled for changes to the speed limit and pay attention to your speed. You won’t remain in the immediate area of the test centre for long, however. Instead, the examiner will guide you onto the bustling A75 to take you further afield.

Depending on the test route, you could end up in Dalbeattie or Kirkcudbright. In either case, these areas offer a range of local car parks and tricky residential roads which would be ideal for your driving test manoeuvre demonstration.

If you’re bored of learning about the roads around Castle Douglas, get more general information about the area here:

Castle Douglas Test Pass Rates

If you’re trying to get a measure of how difficult the driving test is, look no further than driving test pass rates! The current national average is 45.9%, which tells us that less than half of learners manage to pass the driving test on their first attempt. Those heading to Castle Douglas, however, tend to do slightly better than this, as you can see in the table below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
53.9% 53.9% 55.4% 48.3% 46.9%

What If I Can't Go To Castle Douglas? 

The best way to avoid long test waiting times and increase your chances of getting an earlier test date is by picking a backup test centre option. If you’re sticking close to the county of Dumfries and Galloway, your nearest alternatives are:

What To Expect On The Day

So you’ve finally reached the end of your driving lessons. Congratulations! You’re only one step away from the finish line now! The only thing standing in the way of you and your pink licence is a forty minute driving test. It doesn’t sound that bad when we word it like that, does it?

In terms of preparation, all you need to do is get to Castle Douglas ten minutes early. You’ll meet the examiner and then show them your provisional so that they can confirm your licence. Once that’s out of the way, you’ll sign a form and the test will start!

It will 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

Eager to take to the roads around Castle Douglas? Hate the thought of waiting months, or even years, to get your hands on your pink licence? PassMeFast is here to help! As you’d expect from the name, our specialty is helping learners go from beginner to test-ready in no time at all. But how exactly does it work?

It all starts with us finding out what your availability is for lessons—whether you want to learn on a weekday, in the evening or at the weekend—and when you’d ideally like to pass your test by. Once that’s sorted, our customer experience team will fast-track your test (wave goodbye to long waiting times) and match you up with an ADI in Castle Douglas. Together, you’ll sort out a lesson plan and get to work on developing your driving skills so that you can ace your driving test.

Ready to try things the PassMeFast way? Brill! You can get a better look at our intensive and semi-intensive courses on our course prices page. Once you’ve picked one out, simply give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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