Learning to drive in the Mallaig area? You’re in luck! You’ve got your own local practical test centre. Situated in Mallaig and Morar Community Centre, Mallaig test centre is right across from the local train station and the Mallaig Heritage Centre. If you’ve decided to head here for your test, don’t go in blind!

Read our comprehensive test centre guide below to find out exactly what happens in the driving test, how you can improve your chances of passing first time and much more!


Mallaig And Morar Community Centre West Bay Mallaig Highland PH41 4PX

Tests Offered at Mallaig

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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

Heading to Mallaig test centre for the first time? To avoid taking a long detour, or ending up at the wrong test centre (it’s happened to plenty of learners, trust us), just use these simple directions with a trusty sat nav.

A Bit More About Mallaig

Trying to figure out what will happen during your driving test? The examiner will try to incorporate a range of road types, speed systems and traffic conditions into your test route to make sure that you’ve got all of the skills and knowledge needed to take to the roads unsupervised.

The route will start with the examiner quickly taking you around Mallaig, and potentially Mallaigvaig. As the area is small, you won’t stay here long. There is a local car park, however, so you might end up demonstrating one of the driving test manoeuvres close to home. Next, the examiner will guide you onto the A830, which runs right through Mallaig.

The A road will take you past areas like Glasnacardoch, Morar, and potentially all the way to Arisaig. Depending on the exact route, they might have you loop back to Mallaig via the B8008, taking you past Bunacaimb and Portnaluchaig. As long as you’ve taken lessons with a DVSA-approved instructor, however, you should be more than prepared for whatever route you end up on.

If you’re looking for more general information about Mallaig, have a look at these resources:

Mallaig Test Pass Rates

Though there’s no way of knowing how difficult you’ll find the driving test, you can get a rough idea by looking at driving test pass rates. The current national average stands at 45.9%. So, it’s clearly a challenging test, but it’s not completely impossible to pass. Learners taking the plunge at Mallaig test centre, however, seem to perform better than this average, as you can see in the table below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
60.0% 77.8% 71.4% 86.4% 80.0%

What If I Can't Go To Mallaig? 

Though Mallaig test centre is the most convenient option for local learners, that doesn’t mean that it’s your only option. If you’re willing to take a longer trip to your test centre, your closest alternatives include:

What To Expect On The Day

If your driving instructor hasn’t had the chance to walk you through what happens in the driving test yet, relax! PassMeFast is here to help! The driving test will last approximately forty minutes and will end once you’ve parked back up at Mallaig test centre and turned off the ignition.

In terms of preparation, you’ll get to Mallaig ten minutes early so that you can park up and meet your driving examiner. At this point, you’ll have to show them your provisional and sign a form.

Once that’s sorted, your driving test will proceed with:

  • 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

If you’re tired of being the only one in your friend group or family to not have a full licence, it’s time for you to try the PassMeFast approach. We’ve thrown out the old way of learning to drive—waving goodbye to weekly lessons—in favour of intensive and semi-intensive driving courses that take you from beginner to pro in as little as a few weeks.

So, how does it all work? You pick out one of our courses and decide whether you’d like to learn in a manual or an automatic car, where you’d like to get picked up/dropped off and how intensively you’d like to learn. We’ll fast-track your test at Mallaig so you have a date to work towards and then assign you a local ADI who will help you create an individualised lesson plan. Once that’s set, you’ll get on with building up your experience and familiarity with the roads around Mallaig.

Sound like a plan? Head on over to our course prices page to get a better look at what we have to offer, or try out our course recommender. Next, give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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