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Publication - Factsheet

Scottish bank holidays

Published: 1 Jan 2016

Scottish bank holiday dates.

Bank holidays

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
2019 Day Holiday
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day
2 January Wednesday 2 January
19 April Friday Good Friday
6 May Monday Early May bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
5 August Monday Summer bank holiday
2 December Monday St Andrew's Day
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
26 December Thursday Boxing Day

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).

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 2015 2016 2017
New Year's Day (or in lieu of 1 Jan) 01 Jan 01 Jan 3 Jan*
2 January (or in lieu of 2 Jan) 02 Jan 4 Jan* 02-Jan
Good Friday 03 Apr 25 March 14 Apr
Early May Bank Holiday 04 May 02 May 01 May
Spring Bank Holiday 25 May 30 May 29 May
Summer Bank Holiday 03 Aug 01 Aug 07 Aug
St Andrew's Day 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov
Christmas Day (or in lieu of 25 Dec) 25 Dec 26 Dec* 25 Dec
Boxing Day (or in lieu of 26 Dec) 28 Dec* 27 Dec* 26 Dec

* = substitute day


Email: protocolandhonours@gov.scot

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

1 Jan 2016
Scottish bank holidays