Castle Douglas Test Centre

Looking to get your hands on a pink licence in Castle Douglas? You won’t have to go far to take your driving test! You’ve got a test centre right in your local area! Situated near the town centre, Castle Douglas test centre shares space with Carlingwark Cottage.

If you’ve decided to take the plunge here, then get a head start by reading our comprehensive test centre guide.


Carlingwark Cottage
Carlingwark Arc, Buchan Street
Castle Douglas
Dumfries and Galloway

Tests Offered at Castle Douglas

– Car

A Bit More About Castle Douglas

Not sure what to expect from your driving test? The examiner will try to incorporate a range of challenging road types and traffic conditions into your test route. By doing so, they’ll be able to determine whether or not you’re ready to take to the roads unsupervised.

The examiner will start things off by guiding you through Castle Douglas, potentially taking you around the roads near Hillowton—there are a couple of local schools here, so keep your eyes peeled for changes to the speed limit and pay attention to your speed. You won’t remain in the immediate area of the test centre for long, however. Instead, the examiner will guide you onto the bustling A75 to take you further afield.

Depending on the test route, you could end up in Dalbeattie or Kirkcudbright. In either case, these areas offer a range of local car parks and tricky residential roads which would be ideal for your driving test manoeuvre demonstration.

What To Expect On The Day

After hours of driving lessons, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you hoped it would be, we’d advise you to read up on our top six ways to relax before your driving test.

Before you jet out of the front door on your big day, there’s one important question you need to ask yourself: do you have your provisional licence? If the answer’s no, you can wave goodbye to taking your test. You need to have your provisional licence with you to take the driving test, otherwise you will be turned around, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to the test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your driving test will consist of:

– An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
– Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
– Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
Parallel parking
Bay parking
Pulling up on the right
– Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you get back to the test centre and park your car, the test will officially end. The examiner will then walk you through the feedback sheet and list any driving test faults, whether they are minors or majors, that you may have accumulated. If you fail, keep hold of this sheet as it can be used to help you figure out which areas you need to improve on for your next test attempt. If you pass, you’ll also be handed a test pass certificate.

But What If I Fail?

Like any other test you take in life, if all doesn’t go according to plan with your driving test and you end up failing, it’s as simple as trying again. Of course, we don’t recommend just heading back in without any preparation. Instead, take some time to improve on the areas in which you picked up the most faults in. The best way to do this is by taking a refresher course with an instructor. They’ll be able to give you pointers to ensure you don’t trip up on them again.