About Bank of Scotland

Over 300 years expertise in Scotland

Bank of Scotland LogoBank of Scotland is a retail and commercial bank that has a proud heritage. Based in Edinburgh, it is Scotland’s oldest bank and has been a pillar of the Scottish business establishment since its foundation in 1695.

Throughout its history, Bank of Scotland has been an innovator – the first bank in the UK to install a computer to process accounts in 1959, and an early adopter in ‘on-line’ banking in 1985 allowing customers to access their accounts remotely on their televisions via a telephone link-up

A truly Scottish bank

Today, the bank is dedicated to Scotland with a presence in all major towns and cities nationwide. It has over 290 branches and a mobile banking service that connects Scotland’s furthest flung communities. Bank of Scotland is the financial partner to over 2.8 million personal customers and 150,000 commercial customers.

Serving the people and businesses of Scotland

Bank of Scotland is committed to helping Scottish households, businesses and communities prosper. Bank of Scotland has a uniquely Scottish insight, and a dedication to service, based on its heritage and expertise. It combines customer understanding and long term commitment to build deep and enduring relationships.

Community programmes, like the Bank of Scotland Midnight League, are a key way that Bank of Scotland play a part in giving back to the communities it serves. The Midnight League, now in its 11th year, aims to bring positive change to the lives of 12-16 year-olds by offering them the chance to play free, night-time, 5-a-side football across the length and breadth of Scotland. To find out more about the heritage of Bank of Scotland, visit our heritage page.

Our heritage


Bank of Scotland was founded by an Act of the Scottish Parliament on 17 July 1695 It is Scotland's first and oldest bank and one of the first in the UK.

To find out more about the heritage of Bank of Scotland, visit our heritage page.

Partnerships in your community


Bank of Scotland has always been at the heart of communities across Scotland.

We have made public commitments through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan to help communities in a number of different ways.