Driving Theory Test Centres in Helmsdale

You might think that the village of Helmsdale is too small to have it’s own theory test centre, but this is not so! There’s a mobile test vehicle set up in the grounds of The Bridge Hotel, on Dunrobin Street. This places it just across the river from Helmsdale train station, which means you can visit this test centre fairly easily, even if you don’t live in the area.

Want to learn more about what you can expect if you take your test here? We’ve only gone and created a complete guide to Helmsdale test centre and the theory test itself. Give it a read below!


The Bridge Hotel Dunrobin Street Helmsdale Highland KW8 6JA

Phone Number

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


Arriving at Helmsdale Theory Test Centre

Nearest train station: Helmsdale (4-minute walk)

Nearest bus stop: Belgrave Hotel (4-minute walk)

Nearest car park: Helmsdale Station Garage (9-minute walk)

Pass Rates by Year

As you can see, the pass rates at Helmsdale theory test centre are very up and down. A big reason for this is that very few tests are conducted here (in the 2019-20 period only 50 tests were carried out, for example), so individual results can have a much bigger impact on the overall numbers. 

The figures from the past couple of years are above the national average, so that’s promising.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
60.9% 45.0% 57.1% 63.5% 48.0% 75.0%  50.0% 

Guides and Tips

There’s no need to get yourself in a tizzy over the theory test—as long as you take the necessary steps beforehand, it’s fairly straightforward to pass. That being said, this is definitely a test you need to study for, as it covers some fairly complex driving knowledge.

Before your test day arrives, make sure you devote a good few hours to revising the material and checking that your understanding is up to the job by taking a few mock tests. On the day itself, you should be punctual, well-rested and fully aware of how the test is formatted and conducted.

Use the following resources to get prepared for your theory test:

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

If the Helmsdale theory test centre isn’t checking all of your boxes, you can look elsewhere—there’s no requirement for you to take the theory test at your local centre. Those residing in the Helmsdale area will find that their next nearest test centres are located in Elgin and Wick.

What Happens Next?

When you pass the theory test you have the green light to move onto the next stage of your learning journey. The number printed on your pass certificate enables you to book your practical test. It’s not a bad idea to get this done quite early, as wait times for appointments are fairly lengthy. Just make sure you leave enough time to fit your lessons in! Live in Helmsdale? Your nearest practical test centres are likely to be in Golspie or Lairg.

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