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Scotland alcohol licensing hours


licensing hours in Scotland | stores locator & opening time | minimum age to buy alcohol | drinking alcohol on trains


The legislation in Scotland regarding the sale of alcohol is different from the rest of the UK and England in particular. The Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 has amended the core hours during which stores and supermarkets can sell alcohol.

Licensing hours in Scotland


Scottish stores and supermarkets can only sell alcohol between 10am and 10pm Monday to Sunday although core hours can very occasionally be extended or reduced by the local licensing board.

Licensing hours are also not automatic - each supermarket needs a licence and has to re-apply for renewals just like a pub or club.

However, you can buy alcohol in places that are licensed for you to consume it on their premises between 11 am and 11 pm, although they can apply to extend their licences so you can buy alcohol later.

The 2010 Act describes licensed premises as being pubs, clubs, restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores. 

Scottish pubs are usually open between 11am and 11pm, and on Sunday from 12.30pm to 10pm.


Stores locator & opening time


 warning-32.png All Tesco stores are closed on Boxing Day. Some do open on New Years Day. Check the links below to find out the opening hours of stores in your area throughout the year.


Tesco stores locator & opening hours

Sainsbury's stores locator & opening hours

Asda stores locator & opening hours


Minimum age to buy alcohol in Scotland


You must be at least 18 years old to buy alcohol from a shop.

Since 1st October 2011 in Scotland, anyone who appears to be less than 25 years old can be challenged to prove their age when attempting to purchase alcohol or any other age restricted products from a licensed premise.


Drinking alcohol on trains


Since 2012 ScotRail (company that runs 95% of Scotland's trains) has banned the consumption of alcohol on its trains between 21.00 and 10.00, 7 days a week.

It is also forbidden to carry alcohol during those hours and anyone appearing to be drunk will be refused to get on the train.

Last updated: January 03, 2014, 10:19:33 AM

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