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Bank holidays and British Summer Time
Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice. Find out about the bank and public holiday dates and when the clocks go forward and back for British Summer Time.
Bank and public holidays in Scotland
|New Year's Day||3 January*||2 January*||1 January||1 January||1 January|
|2nd January||4 January*||3 January||2 January||2 January||2 January|
|Good Friday||22 April||6 April||29 March||18 April||3 April|
|Royal wedding||29 April||-||-||-||-|
|Early May Bank Holiday||2 May||7 May||6 May||5 May||4 May|
|Spring Bank Holiday||30 May||4 June*||27 May||26 May||25 May|
|Queen's Diamond Jubilee||-||5 June||-||-||-|
|Summer Bank Holiday||1 August||6 August||5 August||4 August||3 August|
|St Andrew's Day||30 November||30 November||2 December*||1 December*||30 November|
|Christmas Day||26 December*||25 December||25 December||25 December||25 December|
|Boxing Day||27 December*||26 December||26 December||26 December||28 December*|
|* substitute day|
There are seven permanent bank holidays across the whole of Scotland. Christmas Day and Good Friday are public holidays. There are also other public or local holidays which can be determined by local authorities, based on local tradition. Since 2007, St Andrews Day has also been a permanent bank holiday.
There was an additional bank holiday on 29 April 2011 for the royal wedding.
Businesses and schools are not necessarily closed on Scottish bank holidays, and the Scottish banks follow the English and Welsh bank holidays for business reasons.
Time off for employees
You don't have an automatic right to paid leave on bank and public holidays, though many people receive the day off work. Any right to time off or extra pay for working on a bank holiday depends on the terms of your contract of employment.
For more information about your right to paid leave, see 'Holiday entitlements'.
British Summer Time
British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, at 1.00 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):
- in spring the clocks go forward, losing an hour - at 1.00 am GMT the UK moves to 2.00 am BST
- in autumn the clocks go back, giving an extra hour - at 2.00 am BST the UK moves to 1.00 am GMT
Summer time periods begin and end on the following dates:
|Clocks go forward||27 March||25 March|
|Clocks go back||30 October||28 October|