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Scotland alcohol licensing hours

Licensing hours in Scotland | Store locator & opening times | 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

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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.

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Drinks with 0.5% or less alcohol, such as canned shandy and low alcohol beers, are treated as non-alcoholic.

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: February 06, 2015, 12:55:47 PM

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