General business hours for most shops and offices are Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 5:30 or 6:00pm, although you’ll find late-night shopping (until 7:30pm or 8:00pm) commonplace in the larger towns on Wednesdays or Thursdays. The big supermarkets also tend to stay open until 9:00 or 10:00pm from Monday to Saturday, with larger ones staying open 24 hours. Most major stores and supermarkets are now open on Sundays, too, usually from noon to 4:00pm, though some small towns and villages still retain an early-closing day (usually Wednesday), when most shops close at 1:00pm. Not all motorway service stations are open 24 hours, although you can usually get fuel any time of the day or night in larger towns and cities.
In general, banks open Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 4:00, with some open later on Thursdays. Banks in cities, particularly in or near the main shopping centers, may be open on weekends. Cash machines in hundreds of branches allow you to withdraw cash outside banking hours, using the appropriate cards.
Pubs and restaurants
Licensing laws in Scotland generally allow bars to service alcoholic drinks between 11:00am and 2:30pm, and from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Monday to Saturday. Most are also licensed to open on Sunday, when they open 12:30pm to 2:30pm, and 6:30pm to 11:00pm.