The Loony Dook

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The Loony Dook

The Loony Dook at South Queensferry

What will you be doing on 1 January? Having a long lie and nursing a wee bit of a sore head following the previous night’s festivities perhaps, or figuring out which New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep this year?

There’s one New Year traditional in Edinburgh that’s a guaranteed hangover cure, as well as an opportunity to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The Loony Dook in South Queensferry is a great way to kick off the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014, while brushing aside the Hogmanay cobwebs and enjoying your very own #brilliantmoment!

For more than 25 years, hardy souls have braved the elements to enjoy a dip in the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth.

The celebrations start with the Dookers’ Parade through the High Street, ending with a dip in the water, with the iconic backdrop of the Forth Bridges, adding to the atmosphere.

And the outfits are pretty impressive too; from the traditional swimming costumes to full Santa outfits and more!

Although the Dook itself is now sold out, why not come and lend your support to crowds willing to take the plunge?

Don’t forget this is just one of the events taking place as part of Homecoming in 2014. Check out the website for more information about how you can join in the year-long programme of fun.

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Sheena Macrae

Sheena Macrae comes from Edinburgh and now lives in West Lothian. She enjoys travel (around Scotland and beyond), photography and arts and crafts.

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