If you’re a local in The Toon, it’s time to start celebrating. There’s a test centre in your area that is likely to be the most convenient place for you to take the driving test. Stranraer test centre shares space with the Northwest Castle Hotel, and can be found right next to Stranraer Police Station and the local Morrisons. If you’d like to know more about the test centre, you’ve come to the right place!

Our handy guide below will walk you through need-to-know information including contact details, what happens in the driving test and much more!


Northwest Castle Hotel Wigtownshire Stranraer Dumfries and Galloway DG9 8EH

Tests Offered at Stranraer

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 2


No car park is available at this centre


Male toilets are available

Disabled Access

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

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Don’t start panicking if you can’t quite figure out where Stranraer test centre is. Your instructor will take you there during your lessons. Of course, if you’d like to have a gander at it before this, you’ll need to use these directions to avoid taking a wrong turn.

A Bit More About Stranraer

The roads around Stranraer test centre are jam packed with local restaurants, shops and businesses, which will make it challenging, especially during rush hour—so be prepared for a lot of stop-start traffic. The close proximity of local schools like Sheuchan Primary School also means that you need to stay alert for any changes in the speed limit.

You’ll likely demonstrate the manoeuvre in the area, as there are plenty of local roads that will allow you to do so without much interruption. It’s highly likely that your route will include a wide range of roundabouts, so if you’re a bit shaky with them, ask your instructor to create a mock test that will allow you to build up your confidence before you take the driving test.

You’ll eventually be guided away from Stranraer on one of the local A roads like the A75 or A77. This will give the examiner a chance to monitor your speed awareness and your ability to change lanes safely. Depending on the route, you could end up in an area like Glenluce or Ballantrae.

Want to know more about Stranraer’s public transport or local history? Check out these links:

Stranraer Test Pass Rates

Fascinated by statistics? Us too! That’s why we keep our eye out for the DVSA’s latest statistics. The minute we have a new batch of data, we look for interesting trends and patterns to share with our learners. From which test centres have the worst/best pass rates to why pass rates are higher at certain test centres, we’ve got it all on the PassMeFast Blog.

Don’t worry if time is of the essence, though. We’ll keep things short and simple! If you’re in the UK, there’s a 45.9% chance that you’ll pass your test. This average increases for learners at Stranraer, however, as you can see in the table below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
59.9% 64.1% 63.8% 60.3% 63.3%

What If I Can't Go To Stranraer? 

Just because Stranraer test centre might be your most convenient option, doesn’t mean that you have to take your practical there. There are other test centres available in Dumfries and Galloway, including:

What To Expect On The Day

Though it probably seems like just yesterday that you were crying over clutch control and stalling your car every two seconds, you’re finally ready to take the driving test. If your nerves are getting the better of you, make your way through our guide to avoiding test day nerves. That should have you raring to go in no time!

You need to get to Stranraer test centre ten minutes early with your provisional licence—the examiner will ask to see this to check your identity. After signing a quick form, your test will be underway.

It will follow this format:

  • 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

For many people, learning to drive means taking slow, weekly lessons and waiting months to take the driving test. It’s not surprising, then, that so many learner drivers get fed up and decide to quit. That is, until they discover the PassMeFast approach!

We don’t believe in traditional, hourly lessons. Instead, we offer intensive and semi-intensive courses that can help you build up your experience and skills in a much shorter time frame. These courses can fit around any schedule, with lessons lasting between two and five hours at a time. We’ll match you up with a local ADI and even fast-track your test so that you’re not stuck with long test waiting times.

If you’re ready to get your licence in Stranraer, PassMeFast is here to help. Simply have a look at our tailored, crash course packages on our course prices page. Then call us on 0333 123 4949, or book your driving course online, and we’ll get the ball rolling today.

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