Scottish bank holidays

Scottish bank holiday dates for 2022 and 2023. Includes past dates.

Upcoming bank holidays in Scotland


2022 date



30 November Wednesday St Andrew's Day
26 December Monday Boxing Day
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day (substitute day)


2023 date Day Holiday
2 January Monday 2 January
3 January Tuesday New Year's Day (substitute day)
7 April Friday Good Friday
1 May Monday Early May
8 May Monday Coronation Bank Holiday
29 May Monday Spring 
7 August Monday Summer 
30 November Thursday St Andrew's Day
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday 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).

Bank holiday entitlement

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.

His Majesty the King 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 bank holiday

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

Bank holiday








New Year's Day (or in lieu of 1 Jan) 1 Jan 1 Jan 3 Jan* 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 3 Jan*
2 January (or in lieu of 2 Jan) 2 Jan 4 Jan* 2 Jan 2 Jan 2 Jan 2 Jan 4 Jan* 4 Jan*
Good Friday 3 Apr 25 March 14 Apr 30 March 19 April 10 April 2 April 15 Apr
Early May Bank Holiday 4 May 2 May 1 May 7 May 6 May 8 May 3 May 2 May
Spring Bank Holiday 25 May 30 May 29 May 28 May 27 May 25 May 31 May 2 June
Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 3 June
Summer Bank Holiday 3 Aug 1 Aug 7 Aug 6 Aug 5 Aug 3 Aug 2 Aug 1 Aug
State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 19 Sep
St Andrew's Day 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 2 Dec 30 Nov 30 Nov  
Christmas Day (or in lieu of 25 Dec) 25 Dec 26 Dec* 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 27 Dec  
Boxing Day (or in lieu of 26 Dec) 28 Dec* 27 Dec* 26 Dec 26 Dec 26 Dec 28 Dec* 28 Dec  

* = substitute day



Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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