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Learning to Drive in Dumfries
The national average driving lessons required to pass the practical driving test is 47 hours with a driving instructor and an additional 22 hours of private practice with a family or friend are recommended.
Dumfries’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is roughly the same as the national average sitting at 48.5%.
The test centres in Dumfries are Dumfries which has a pass rate 48.5%, Castle Douglas with 44.7%, Cumnock with 58.8% and Carlisle with 52.3%.
The nearest additional driving test centres for Dumfries are in Peebles with 73.1%, Hawick with 75.3%, and Workington which has a higher pass rate of 63.0%.
Dumfries’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Carlisle, (Dumfries), (wheelchair accessible), Port Road Business Park, Port Road, Carlisle CA2 7AF
- Castle Douglas, (Dumfries), Carlingwark Cottage, Carlignwark Arc, Bucham Street, Castel Douglas DG7 1TH
- Cumnock, (Dumfries), Town Hall, 2 Hall Terace, Cumnock KA18 1DX
- Dumfries, (Dumfries), 161 Brooms Road, Dumfries & Galloway, Dumfries DG1 2SH
- Hawick, (Dumfries), Driving Test Centre Hawick Burnfoot Community Hub, 89 Brunfoot Road, Hawick TD9 8EJ
- Lanark, (Dumfries), Lanark Agricultural Centre, Lanark ML11 9AX
- Peebles, (Dumfries), Tweeddale District Council, Rosetta Road, Peebles EH45 8DN
- Workington, (Dumfries), Unit 10 – 11, Moss Bay House, 40 Peart Road, Derwent Howe Industrial Estate, Workington CA14 3YT
Dumfries’s Theory Test Centres
- Carlisle, (Dumfries), Second Floor, Stocklund House, Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8SY
- Cumnock, (Dumfries), Ground Floor, Barhill Community Education Centre, Bank Avenue, Cumnock KA18 1PQ
- Dumfries, (Dumfries), Unit 2, First Floor, Brasswell Office Park, Annan Road, Dumfries DG1 3UE
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Dumfries – did you know?
- Before the Roman invasion of Britain in the 1st century AD, Dumfries was an important centre of commerce. After the Romans withdrew in the early 5th century, Dumfries became part of the Kingdom of Rheged, but by the 8th century it was taken over by the Kingdom of Northumbria.
- Dumfries is best known for its many associations with Robert Burns, who lived here in the 1790s. The Robert Burns Centre is situated in an 18th century watermill and tells his story of the last years spent in the town.
- Dumfries was where Robert the Bruce murdered the Red Comyn in 1306, after which he was crowned as the King of Scotland. He spent his last years in the town.
- Dumfries’s oldest pub is The Globe Inn. Established in 1610 it became the favourite haunt of Robert Burns during the last eight years of his life. The poet died at the young age of 37.
- King Charles III and his charity restored Dumfries House in 2007. The work was showcased on ITV as a documentary called A Royal Grand Design. King Charles III acquired the property when he was the Prince of Wales, before his son Prince William assumed the title.
- The UK’s first ever ostrich farmer lived in Dumfries & Galloway! The area enjoys a warmer climate than much of Scotland due to the southern location.
- The pedal bicycle was invented in Keir Mill, just 14 miles from Dumfries, by Kirkpatrick Macmillan who was a local blacksmith.
- Dumfries was given the nickname ‘Queen of the South’ by the local poet, David Dunbar in 1857.