Gairloch learners don’t have to worry about travelling far to take their driving test. There’s a practical test centre right in the centre of town. The original Gairloch test centre can be found on Mihol Road. Due to the pandemic, however, this test centre has been shut down and a temporary location has been set up at Gale Centre on the A832 instead.

If you’re looking to learn more about Gairloch test centre, you’ve come to the right place. We’re about to cover everything you could possibly need to know, including what happens in the driving test, how you can improve your chances of success and more!

GAIRLOCH DTC temporarily closed due to COVID BCP address available from 12/11/20 until further notice. GAIRLOCH DTC Gale Centre, Achtercairn IV21 2BH


Mihol Road Gairloch Highland IV21 2BX

Tests Offered at Gairloch

  • Car


There is no car park at this centre


Male toilets only at this centre

Disabled Access

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How To Get There

Once Gairloch’s original location is running again, you’ll be able to follow these directions to get there. In the meantime, you’ll need to head to the Gale Centre, which is around five minutes away, using these directions.

A Bit More About Gairloch

Wondering what your driving test route will be like? It will start with the examiner guiding you through Gairloch, potentially towards Strath and Smithstown. You’ll need to pay close attention to your speed while in the town centre, as you’ll likely end up passing local schools like Gairloch Primary School.

The A832 is nearby, so it will most definitely show up on your test route. The examiner might direct you towards an area like Charlestown, which has a couple of car parks and some tricky roads that might be ideal for the driving test manoeuvre. Alternatively, they might take you up past Loch Tollaidh towards Poolewe. No matter where you end up, you’ll be driving on rural roads. This means that you’ll need to be extremely careful, especially when dealing with bends—make sure you take your foot off the accelerator and brake progressively on the approach.

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Gairloch Test Pass Rates

Fascinated by statistics? Us too! That’s why we keep an eye out for the DVSA’s latest statistics. We then analyse the data to see if we can point out any interesting trends or developments. If you head on over to the PassMeFast Blog, you can get a better look at why it’s easier to pass at certain test centres, how many average attempts it takes to pass the driving test and more!

If you’ve not got the time to deep dive into our findings just yet, we’ll keep it brief. The current national average stands at 45.9%, but those heading to Gairloch test centre seem to perform much better, as you can see below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
76.5% 70.7% 69.4% 86.5% 72.4%

What If I Can't Go To Gairloch? 

Though Gairloch test centre might be the most convenient place for you to take your driving test, that doesn’t mean that you have to go there. If you’re willing to travel slightly further afield, your nearest alternative is:

What To Expect On The Day

Congratulations! You’re one step away from the finish line now! The only thing that stands in between you and your pink licence is a forty minute driving test. That’s shorter than a standard driving lesson!

You don’t have to do much in terms of preparation, beyond getting to Gairloch test centre ten minutes early with your provisional. After parking up, the examiner will check your provisional and ask you to sign a form.

Your driving test will then follow this structure:

  • 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

One of the main factors that can make learning to drive a long process is the driving test. Most test centres have waiting times that are a few months long, meaning that some learners spend what seems like a lifetime waiting to finally put their skills to the test. This is where PassMeFast truly shines. We’ve got our own fast-tracking department that snatches up earlier test dates and allows learners to beat the queues entirely!

And that’s not all that sets us apart from other driving schools! Our range of intensive and semi-intensive courses are completely flexible. You get to choose whether you learn in a manual or an automatic car, when your lessons take place and even how long your lessons last. We’ll match you up with a Gairloch ADI who will work with you to tackle everything from bay parking to one-way systems. By the time your test date arrives, you’ll be raring to go!

To get started today, head on over to our course prices page for more information on our crash courses. You can then give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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