Bank Holidays

What is a bank holiday?

Do they differ in Scotland?

Is everyone entitled to a bank holiday?

Find out in frequently asked questions on bank holidays.

Bank Holidays in Scotland

Holidays  2015 2016 2017 2018
New Years Day  Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 3* Jan 1
2nd January  Jan 2 Jan 4* Jan 2 Jan 2
Good Friday  Apr 3 March 25 April 14 March 30
Early May Bank Holiday  May 4 May 2 May 1 May 7
Spring Bank Holiday  May 25 May 30 May 29 May 28
Summer Bank Holiday  Aug 3 Aug 1 Aug 7 Aug 6
St. Andrew's Day#  Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 30
Christmas Day  Dec 25 Dec 26* Dec 25 Dec 25
Boxing Day  Dec 28* Dec 27* Dec 26 Dec 26

*substitute day - If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a 'substitute' weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

# St Andrew's Day

The dates shown in bold are days set subject to Royal Proclamation, as they are in addition to those set out in Schedule 1 to the Financial Dealings Act 1971.