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Public and bank holidays

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. This would normally be the Monday after the original date.

Your employer does not have to give you paid leave on bank or public holidays. Check your employment contract for what days your employer agreed you could take.

Bank holidays might affect how and when your benefits are paid. If the payment of benefits date is on a bank holiday, they will normally be paid on the day before the bank holiday.

Find bank holiday dates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on GOV.UK.

Upcoming 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 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
26 December Monday Boxing Day
27 December Tuesday Christmas Day (substitute day)

Past bank holidays

2021
4 January Monday 2 January (substitute day)
1 January Friday New Year's Day
2020
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
8 May Friday Early May Bank Holiday (VE day)
10 April Friday Good Friday
2 January Thursday 2 January
1 January Wednesday New Year's Day
2019
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
19 April Friday Good Friday
2 January Wednesday 2 January
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day
2018
26 December Wednesday Boxing Day
25 December Tuesday Christmas Day
30 November Friday St Andrew's Day
6 August Monday Summer bank holiday
28 May Monday Spring bank holiday
7 May Monday Early May bank holiday
30 March Friday Good Friday
2 January Tuesday 2 January
1 January Monday New Year's Day
2017
26 December Tuesday Boxing Day
25 December Monday Christmas Day
30 November Thursday St Andrew's Day
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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 January
1 January Tuesday New Year's Day
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