Summer bank holiday in Scotland in 2019

Summer bank holiday in Scotland in 2019
Calton Hill overlooking Edinburgh, Scotland. Image via Deposit Photos
  How long until Summer bank holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 16 days.
  Dates of Summer bank holiday in Scotland
2021 Mon, Aug 2Regional Holiday
2020 Mon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
2019 Mon, Aug 5Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Aug 6Regional Holiday
2017 Mon, Aug 7Regional Holiday
  Summary
Scotland only. This holiday is observed on the first Monday in August
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When is the August Bank Holiday in Scotland?

This is a bank holiday observed in Scotland on the first Monday in August. The August Bank Holiday is observed on the last Monday in August in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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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