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August Bank Holiday in Scotland

UK Regional holiday observed in Scotland

United Kingdom
Beautiful sunset in Scotland, Copyright: elxeneize

When is the August Bank Holiday in Scotland?

How long until August Bank Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 292 Days.
Dates of August Bank Holiday
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday August 5th
2018 Monday August 6th
2017 Monday August 7th
2016 Monday August 1st
2015 Monday August 3rd
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Scotland only. This holiday is observed on the first Monday in August
Related holidays
August bank Holiday in the UK August Bank Holiday

This is a bank holiday observed in Scotland on the first Monday in August.

The August Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is observed on the last Monday in August.

History of the August Bank Holiday in Scotland

Unlike the Spring bank holidays, the August holiday does not represent a modern version of any older religious festival.

Maybe Sir John Lubbock did choose it in 1871 to coincide with a key cricket match, but more likely the date holiday in August was selected to give workers a last chance to enjoy the summer, before the long period without holidays up to Christmas.

The holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was moved to the last Monday in August in 1971 following a a successful trial that began in 1965.

Scotland kept the original date, which is why they have the August bank holiday on a different date to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Confusingly, in Scotland, banks will be shut on the last Monday in August, even though it is not a bank holiday. This is done for business reasons to align with banks in the rest of the United Kingdom.


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