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Scottish bank holidays

Published: 1 Jan 2016

Scottish bank holiday dates.

Bank holidays

Scottish Bank holidays are set by Scottish Ministers and are the same across the whole of Scotland. Public or local holidays, on the other hand, are determined by local authorities and can differ between areas. The list of bank holidays below is not a comprehensive list of local holidays – check local authority websites for a list of local holidays.

Not everyone is entitled to paid leave on bank or public holidays. If in doubt, check the position with your employer.

If a bank holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a substitute weekday becomes a bank holiday (usually the following Monday).

2017 Day Holiday
2 January Monday 2 January
3 January Tuesday New Year's Day (substitute day)
14 April Friday Good Friday
1 May Monday Early May bank holiday
29 May Monday Spring bank holiday
7 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Thursday St Andrew's Day
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
2018 Day Holiday
1 January Monday New Year's Day
2 January Tuesday 2 January
30 March Friday Good Friday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
6 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Friday St Andrew's Day
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day

Additional information

Banks in Scotland do not always close on Scottish bank holidays. For business reasons, Scottish banks tend to close on the same day as those in England and Wales.

There is no law requiring banks or any other businesses to close on bank holidays.

Her Majesty the Queen can appoint special days as bank holidays in any year.

Check your local authority website for information on public or local holidays as well as school holidays.

St Andrew's Day: 30 November

St Andrew's Day was declared a bank holiday by the Scottish Parliament in 2006, although banks are not required to close if they do not wish to. If 30 November occurs on a weekend, the bank holiday is moved to the following Monday.

Employers are not required by law to give employees a holiday on the St Andrew's Day bank holiday.

For further information please see the St. Andrew's Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007.

Past bank holidays

Holiday 2013 2014 2015 2016
New Year's Day (or in lieu of 1 Jan) 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan
2 January (or in lieu of 2 Jan) 2 Jan 2 Jan 2 Jan 4 Jan*
Good Friday 6 Apr 18 Apr 3 Apr 25 March
Early May Bank Holiday 7 May 5 May 4 May 2 May
Spring Bank Holiday 27 May 26 May 25 May 30 May
Summer Bank Holiday 5 Aug 4 Aug 3 Aug 1 Aug
St Andrew's Day 30 Nov 1 Dec* 30 Nov 30 Nov
Christmas Day (or in lieu of 25 Dec) 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 26 Dec*
Boxing Day (or in lieu of 26 Dec) 26 Dec 26 Dec 28 Dec* 27 Dec*

* = substitute day



Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

1 Jan 2016
Scottish bank holidays