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Scottish bank holidays

Published: 2 Dec 2020
Last updated: 2 Dec 2020 - see all updates

Scottish bank holiday dates, including information on St Andrew's Day.

Published:
2 Dec 2020
Scottish bank holidays

Bank holidays

2020

   
25 December Friday Christmas Day
28 December Monday Boxing Day (substitute day)

2021

 

Likely dates, but could still change.

1 January Friday New Year's Day
4 January Monday 2 January (substitute day)
2 April Friday Good Friday
3 May Monday Early May bank holiday
31 May Monday Spring bank holiday
2 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Monday St Andrew's Day
27 December Monday Christmas Day (substitute day)
28 December Tuesday Boxing Day (substitute day)

2022

 

Likely dates, but could still change.

3 January Monday New Year's Day (substitute day)
4 January Tuesday 2 January (substitute day)
15 April Friday Good Friday
2 May Monday Early May bank holiday
2 June Thursday Spring bank holiday
3 June Friday Platinum Jubilee bank holiday
1 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Wednesday St Andrew's Day
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day (substitute day)
28 December Monday 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

2018

2019

New Year's Day (or in lieu of 1 Jan) 01 Jan 01 Jan 03 Jan* 01 Jan 1 Jan
2 January (or in lieu of 2 Jan) 02 Jan 04 Jan* 02 Jan 02 Jan 2 Jan
Good Friday 03 Apr 25 March 14 Apr 30 March 19 April
Early May Bank Holiday 04 May 02 May 01 May 7 May 6 May
Spring Bank Holiday 25 May 30 May 29 May 28 May 27 May
Summer Bank Holiday 03 Aug 01 Aug 07 Aug 06 Aug 5 Aug
St Andrew's Day 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 2 Dec
Christmas Day (or in lieu of 25 Dec) 25 Dec 26 Dec* 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec
Boxing Day (or in lieu of 26 Dec) 28 Dec* 27 Dec* 26 Dec 26 Dec 26 Dec

* = substitute day

Contact

Email: protocolandhonours@gov.scot

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

First published: 2 Dec 2020 Last updated: 2 Dec 2020 -