Bank holidays

2021

Likely dates, but could still change.

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 Tuesday St Andrews 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 Years 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 Andrews 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

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 Andrews Day: 30 November

St Andrews 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 Andrews Day bank holiday.

For further information please see the St. Andrews Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Act 2007.

Past bank holidays

Holiday

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

New Years Day (or in lieu of 1 Jan) 01 Jan 01 Jan 03 Jan* 01 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan
2 January (or in lieu of 2 Jan) 02 Jan 04 Jan* 02 Jan 02 Jan 2 Jan 2 Jan 4 Jan*
Good Friday 03 Apr 25 March 14 Apr 30 March 19 April 10 April  
Early May Bank Holiday 04 May 02 May 01 May 7 May 6 May 8 May  
Spring Bank Holiday 25 May 30 May 29 May 28 May 27 May 25 May  
Summer Bank Holiday 03 Aug 01 Aug 07 Aug 06 Aug 5 Aug 3 Aug  
St Andrews Day 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 30 Nov 2 Dec 30 Nov  
Christmas Day (or in lieu of 25 Dec) 25 Dec 26 Dec* 25 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 28 Dec*  

* = substitute day

First published: 2 Dec 2020 Last updated: 6 Jan 2021 -

  1. Updated to include latest information on dates.

  2. Updated to include latest information on dates.

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