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Learning to Drive 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.