Scottish bank and public holidays

Scottish bank and public holiday dates.

2022 bank and public holidays (upcoming)




30 November Wednesday St Andrew's Day
26 December Monday Boxing Day
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day (substitute 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 about bank holidays

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 and public holidays

Bank/public holiday








New Year's Day (or in lieu of 1 Jan) 01 Jan 01 Jan 03 Jan* 01 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 3 Jan*
2 January (or in lieu of 2 Jan) 02 Jan 04 Jan* 02 Jan 02 Jan 2 Jan 2 Jan 4 Jan* 4 Jan*
Good Friday 03 Apr 25 March 14 Apr 30 March 19 April 10 April 2 April 15 Apr
Early May Bank Holiday 04 May 02 May 01 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 03 Aug 01 Aug 07 Aug 06 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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