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Learning to Drive in Kilmarnock
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.
Kilmarnock’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is quite a bit higher than the national average sitting at 55.0%
Kilmarnock’s test centres are Irvine with a pass rate of 55.1%, Ayr with 54.7%, Cumnock with 58.8%, and Paisley with 51.6%
The nearest additional driving test centres for Kilmarnock are in East Kilbride with 46.5%, Glasgow Shieldhall with 40.8%, Anniesland with 41.8% and Hamilton which has a slightly higher pass rate of 54.2%.
Kilmarnock’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Anniesland (Kilmarnock), 351 Anniesland Road, Strathclyde, Glasgow G13 1XS
- Ayr, (Kilmarnock), 40 Boundary Road, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Ayr KA8 9DJ
- Cumnock, (Kilmarnock), Town Hall, 2 Hall Terace, Cumnock KA18 1DX
- East Kilbride (Kilmarnock), Bosfield Place, Legion Scotland, East Mains, East Kilbride, G74 4DY
- Hamilton, (Kilmarnock), (wheelchair accessible), 30 Selkirk Street, South Hamilton ML3 6RQ
- Irvine, (Kilmarnock), Century Court, 11 Riverside Way, Riverside Business Park, Irvine KA11 5DJ
- Paisley, (Kilmarnock), (wheelchair accessible), St James Business Centre, Linwood Road, Paisley PA3 3AT
- Shieldhall (Kilmarnock), Bogmoor Road, ShieldHall West, Lanarkshire, Glasgow G51 4TH
Kilmarnock’s Theory Test Centres
- Ayr, (Kilmarnock), Suite 1B, 7B Boswell Park, Ayr KA7 1 NP
- Cumnock, (Kilmarnock), Ground Floor, Barhill Community Education Centre, Bank Avenue, Cumnock KA18 1PQ
- Glasgow, (Kilmarnock), Third Floor, Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RX
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Kilmarnock – did you know?
- Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker was originally made in Kilmarnock and was known as Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky when they began trading from the town in the mid-1800s.
- The classical Mason Murphy building, is the oldest building in Kilmarnock dating from the mid-18th century, it’s considered to be the most important surviving building in the area. It was once the finest hotel in Kilmarnock and the location for most important civic functions.
- The name of Kilmarnock translates from Scottish Gaelic into English as the “Church of my dear little St Ernan”.
- In 1941 a World War Two German aircraft was attracted by the lights of a train heading to Kilmarnock and dropped the payload of bombs on either side of the railway line, killing and injuring many Kilmarnock people on the ground.
- Kilmarnock has eight castles and palaces to explore. The most famous of all is the 14th Century Dean Castle which was the stronghold of the Boyd family who were Lords of Kilmarnock for more than 400 years.
- People in Kilmarnock celebrat Halloween on a Friday, no matter when the 311st of October falls. The reasons are practical rather than mystical, as most employers pay their workforces on a Friday, the children are much more likely to get more sweets, apples, or whatever than on any other day of the week.
- The Rugby Park, in Kilmarnock, was one of the first grounds to have experimental floodlights installed that allowed for games to be played after dark. Whisky played a key role in the installation of the Rugby Park’s new amenities – One of the roofs was sponsored by Johnny Walker whisky and their scoreboard was sponsored by John Barr whisky.
- After the war a group of Italian POWs helped to dig the foundations for one of the terraces in Kilmarnock. The resultant tunnels were used by rugby supporters to escape from mediocre games during the 70s.