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).
|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|
|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|
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
|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