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Learning to Drive in Kirkwall
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.
Kirkwall’s Driving Test pass rate compared to other cities across the UK is a lot higher than the national average sitting at 64.4%.
The test centres in Kirkwall are Orkney with a pass rate of 68.8%, Thurso with 59.5%, Wick with 66.7%, and Golsopie with 62.5%
The nearest additional driving test centres for Kirkwall are in Buckie with a pass rate of 42.0%, Banff with 64.1%, and Elgin with a much lower pass rate of 40.9%.
Kirkwall’s Practical Driving Test Centres
- Banff, (Kirkwall), Driving Test Centre Banff, Ground Floor Banff Castel, Banff, AB45 1DL
- Buckie, (Kirkwall), The Fire Station, East Carthcart Street, Buckie AB56 1QJ
- Elgin, (Kirkwall), Crown Buildings, 21 Trinity Road, Elgin IV30 1UE
- Golspie, (Kirkwall), Golspie Fire Station, Back Road, Golspie KW10 6SP
- Lairg, (Kirkwall), Lairg Fire Station, Main Street, Lairg IV27 4DB
- Orkney, (Kirkwall), The Kirkwall Auction Mart, Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1FL
- Thurso, (Kirkwall), Naver House, Naver Road, Naver Business Park, Thurso KW14 7QA
- Wick, (Kirkwall), Driving Test Centre Wick, Airport Industrial Estate, Wick KW1 4QS
Kirkwall’s Theory Test Centres
- Kirkwall, (Kirkwall), The Pickaquoy Centre (Sports, Arts, Leisure, Conference Facility), Muddisdale Road, Kirkwall KW15 1LR
- Wick, (Kirkwall), The Smith Room, First Floor, Pulteney Centre, Huddart Street, Wick KW1 5BA
- Tongue, (Kirkwall), The Kyle Centre, St Andrews Glebe Industrial Estate, Tongue IV27 4XB
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Kirkwall – did you know?
- Kirkwall just the capital of Orkney today, but for centuries it was also the capital of the Norse-held Nordreyjar – the ‘Northern Isles’.
- James III of Scotland claimed the Orkney islands in 1472 after his bride’s father, Christian I of Denmark-Norway, failed to pay the dowry he had promised for his daughter.
- Despite sounding decidedly Saxon, the name Kirkwall comes from the Norse name Kirkjuvágr (Church Bay), which later morphed into Kirkvoe, Kirkwaa and Kirkwall.
- Kirkwall was first mentioned in the Orkneyinga saga back in 1046. The saga recorded that Rögnvald Brusason, the Earl of Orkney was killed by his uncle Thorfinn the Mighty..
- In 1486, King James III of Scotland declared Kirkwall as a royal burgh, today it is a bustling, busy town with a historic centre full of character. A Viking spirit still runs through the town evident in the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral.
- William Balfour Baikie, the Explorer, naturalist and surgeon was born in Kirkwall in 1825. He died in Sierra Leone, leaving behind eight children.
- In the 17th Century, Kirkwall people could choose to be buried under the Cathedral floor as long as they paid a fee for the privilege. Many medieval stones, decorated with symbols of death, along the Cathedral’s interior walls denote these burials.
- Kirkwall harbour with a little more than half a mile of quay edge is the second largest commercial hub for Orkney only Hatston is larger.
- Clara Anne Williams (née Rendall) the missionary, teacher, and wife of Rev. Aeneas Francon Williams was born in Kirkwall. She was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hindmedal in 1946 for her work during WWII through the Red Cross.