Public and bank holidays

Last updated: 9 October 2017

Local public holidays

Each local council in Scotland has powers to make certain days 'local' public holidays.

Bank holidays

Bank holidays are the same across Scotland. If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a 'substitute' weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

Your employer doesn't have to give you paid leave on bank or public holidays.

Benefits payment on bank holidays

Bank holidays might affect how and when your benefits are paid.

Current bank holidays

2017
30 November Thursday St Andrew's Day
25 December Monday Christmas Day
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
2018
1 January Monday New Year's Day
2 January Tuesday 2nd January
30 March Friday Good Friday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
6 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 November Friday St Andrew's Day
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day

Previous bank holidays

2017
7 August Monday Summer bank holiday
29 May Monday Spring bank holiday
1 May Monday Early May bank holiday
14 April Friday Good Friday
3 January Tuesday New Year's Day (substitute day)
2 January Monday 2nd January
2016
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day (substitute day)
26 December Monday Boxing Day
30 November Wednesday St Andrew's Day
1 August Monday Summer bank holiday
30 May Monday Spring bank holiday
2 May Monday Early May bank holiday
25 March Friday Good Friday
4 January Monday 2nd January (substitute day)
1 January Friday New Year's Day
2015
28 December Monday Boxing Day (substitute day)
25 December Friday Christmas Day
30 November Monday St Andrew's Day
3 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 May Monday Spring bank holiday
4 May Monday Early May bank holiday
3 April Friday Good Friday
2 January Friday 2nd January
1 January Thursday New Year's Day
2014
26 December Friday Boxing Day
25 December Thursday Christmas Day
1 December Monday St Andrew's Day (substitute day)
4 August Monday Summer bank holiday
26 May Monday Spring bank holiday
5 May Monday Early May bank holiday
18 April Friday Good Friday
2 January Thursday 2nd January
1 January Wednesday New Year's Day
2013
26 December Thursday Boxing Day
25 December Wednesday Christmas Day
2 December Monday St Andrew's Day (substitute day)
5 August Monday Summer bank holiday
27 May Monday Spring bank holiday
6 May Monday Early May bank holiday
29 March Friday Good Friday
2 January Wednesday 2nd January
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day