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Learning to Drive in Edinburgh

Driving in Edinburgh offers a blend of historic charm, urban challenges, and scenic routes through Scotland’s capital city. Whether you’re navigating the city center’s cobbled streets or venturing into the surrounding countryside, here’s what you need to know about driving in Edinburgh:

City Center Navigation

Edinburgh’s city center is characterized by narrow streets, historic buildings, and bustling traffic. Be prepared for congestion, especially during peak hours and festivals. Utilize GPS navigation or maps to navigate the city’s winding roads and pay attention to signage for parking facilities.

Historic Landmarks and Attractions

Driving in Edinburgh provides an opportunity to explore iconic landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and Holyrood Palace. Take your time to admire the city’s architecture and rich cultural heritage, but be mindful of pedestrians and traffic congestion around tourist hotspots.

Road Layout and Junctions

Edinburgh has a mix of road types, including major roads, roundabouts, and junctions. Familiarize yourself with key routes, such as the A1 and A90, and be prepared for varying road conditions. Pay attention to road signs and markings to ensure safe navigation, especially at complex junctions.

Parking Facilities

Parking in Edinburgh city center can be limited and expensive. Look out for multi-storey car parks, on-street parking spaces, and designated parking zones. Be aware of parking restrictions and time limits to avoid fines. Consider using park-and-ride facilities if traveling from outside the city center.

Public Transport and Bus Lanes

Edinburgh has an extensive public transport network, including buses and trams. Be mindful of designated bus lanes and give way to buses when merging or changing lanes. Keep an eye out for tram tracks, especially around Princes Street and the city center.

Scenic Drives and Countryside Exploration

Beyond the city limits, Edinburgh offers scenic routes through the Scottish countryside. Explore nearby destinations such as the Pentland Hills, Arthur’s Seat, and the Firth of Forth. Take your time to enjoy the stunning landscapes and practice safe driving on rural roads.

Cultural Awareness

Edinburgh is a diverse and multicultural city with a rich history and vibrant cultural scene. Show respect for other road users, be tolerant of different driving styles, and adhere to the rules of the road. Patience, courtesy, and understanding contribute to safe and harmonious driving experiences.


Driving in Edinburgh provides an opportunity to explore both the city’s historic landmarks and the natural beauty of Scotland’s countryside. By staying informed, remaining vigilant, and adapting to local traffic conditions, you can navigate Edinburgh’s roads safely and confidently. Whether you’re commuting to work, visiting attractions, or embarking on a scenic drive, embracing the diversity of Edinburgh’s road network enhances the journey and promotes responsible driving.

Practical Driving Test Statistics in Edinburgh

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.

Edinburgh’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is higher than the national average sitting at 55.6%.

The test centres in Edinburgh are Currie which has a pass rate of 51.4%, Musselburgh at 47.2%, Dunfermline at 52.3% and Livingston at 56.9%

The nearest additional driving test centres for Edinburgh are in Kirkcaldy with 47.6%, Haddington with 60.1%, and Peebles which has a higher pass rate of 73.7%.

Edingburgh Practical Driving Test Centres

  • Currie (Edinburgh), (Wheelchair accessible) 13 – 15 Bryce Road, Currie, Edinburgh, EH14 5LT
  • Dunfermline, (Edinburgh), Vine Conference Centre, 131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline, KY11 4JU
  • Haddington, (Edinburgh), (wheelchair accessible) Herdmanflatt, Haddington, EH41 3NG
  • Livingston, (Edinburgh), (wheelchair accessible) Houston Industrial Estate, Livingston EH54 5DE
  • Musselburgh, (Edinburgh), Newhailes Industrial Estate, Newhailes Road, Olivebank, Musselburgh, Edinburgh EH21 6SJ
  • Peebles, (Edinburgh), Tweeddale District Council, Rosetta Road, Peebles EH45 8DN

Edinburgh Theory Test Centres

  • Edinburgh, (Edinburgh), Buzzer 5, Second Floor, 4 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JE
  • Galasheils, (Edinburgh), Suite 2B Ladhope Business Centre, 54 Ladhope Vale, Galashiels TD1 1BT
  • Leven, (Edinburgh), First Floor, Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Ajax Way, Leven KY8 3RS
  • Lanark, (Edinburgh), Ground floor, St Nichols Church, Castlegate, Lanark ML11 9DZ
  • North Berwick, (Edingburgh), Ground Floor, St Andrew Blackadder Church, 6 St Andrew Street, North Berwick EH39 4NU
  • Stirling, (Edinburgh), Suite 2, Part of Unit 1, Ground Floor, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling FK9 4TU

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Edinburgh – did you know?

  1. Edinburgh has the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Comedy, music and drama are all performed throughout the festival with over 59,600 performances given in 2019.
  2. The Harry Potter movies were filmed in Edinburgh. Guided tours of filming locations and spots that inspired the story can be taken around the city.
  3. K Rowling wrote the majority of the Harry Potter books in Edinburgh’s cafes and hotels. The most famous of all being the Elephant House café.
  4. More than three quarters of Edinburgh’s buildings are listed. This is the highest number of listed buildings in the whole of the UK.
  5. Sir Nils Olav lives at Edinburgh zoo and is a penguin. He is the only penguin with a knighthood.
  6. Edinburgh Castle is built upon an extinct volcano and was used for many scenes in the Harry Potter movies,
  7. Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is longer than a mile, measuring 1 mile and 107 yards. It is one of the world’s most famous streets.
  8. Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire service. It was founded in 182
  9. By Scotsman, James Braidwood.
  10. Arthur’s seat in Edinburgh is also an extinct volcano. It last erupted around 342 million years ago, shaping the suroounding landscape.
  11. Prince Street Gardens in Edinburgh was once a manmade lake, used for dumping raw sewerage and dead bodies.