Driving Theory Test Centres in Bowmore (Isle Of Islay)

Islay residents benefit from having a theory test centre right on the Island. So, there’s no need to make a trip to the mainland for the first stage of your driving journey—you can do it from the comfort of the place you call home!

Whether you live on Islay, or you’re travelling in to take your theory test here, our guide is packed with useful information about how to reach the test centre and what is expected of you on the day. Give it a read and increase your chances of test success!


Ground Floor, Argyll & Bute Council Offices Area Office Bowmore Argyll and Bute PA43 7HP

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.


Arriving at Isle of Islay Theory Test Centre

Nearest train station: N/A

Nearest bus stop: Nr Post Office (2-minute walk)

Nearest car park: School Lane (5-minute walk)

Pass Rates by Year

Given that the current national average pass rate for the theory test is 47.1%, Islay’s latest figures are very high. Before you run off to book a test here, though, remember that this doesn’t really mean you have a higher chance of passing here than anywhere else. It just so happens that a majority of the people who took their test here (which is actually a pretty small group) did very well. 

Only you have the power to increase your chances of passing the theory test, and that’s by studying hard for it.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
51.7% 43.1% 41.4% 55.6% 60.5% 69.2% 71.4%

Guides and Tips

If you want to pass the theory test, you have to revise for it—it’s as simple as that. Plenty of learners try to skip this task and it doesn’t end well. In fact, it’s a big reason why more than half of people fail on their first attempt. 

The theory test can be a tough nut to crack, but it’s certainly not impossible to pass first time. You just need to make sure you know what to expect and how to score the points you need. The test is made up of two parts: a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test. You must pass both parts in order to earn your pass certificate. 

Knowing where to begin with your studying can be tricky. We’ve put together a list of some really useful resources that will definitely give you a leg up when it comes to revising for the theory test. Have a browse and find what works for you!

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Not sure if the test centre on the Isle of Islay is the right choice for you? That’s fine! Learners don’t have to take the theory test in their hometown, many just choose to for convenience reasons. If you’re happy to leave the island, you could always try theory test centres in nearby Tarbert or Isle of Arran.

What Happens Next?

Passed the theory test? Well done you! Now you need to put all of that knowledge to good use behind the wheel. That’s right—it’s time to prepare for the practical driving test.

We strongly encourage you to seek the tuition of a professional driving instructor for this stage. It’s the best way to ensure that you are learning to drive in a way that will satisfy the DVSA’s criteria. You can always take practice lessons with friends or family on top of this to really hone your skills.

While we’re dishing out tips, may we also suggest that you get your practical test booked nice and early. Wait times for these appointments can be very long indeed! You’ll need the number on your theory test pass certificate to book a test. Live on Islay? There’s a practical test centre on Jamieson Street. Handy or what?!

Whatever stage you’re at in your driving journey, PassMeFast has the resources and experience to get you passed quickly and safely. Just take a look at our range of courses—there’s something to suit drivers of all experience levels. We’ll also book your tests and set you up with a local instructor. 

Sound good? Ring 0333 123 4949 to have a chat with someone on our team, or click the button below to get booked in. You could be hitting the road in no time!

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