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The Loony Dook on New Year's Day in South Queensferry

The Loony Dook on New Year’s Day in South Queensferry

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

Please note, Edinburgh Hogmanay has been cancelled for 2021.

If there’s one New Year tradition in Edinburgh that’s a guaranteed to cure a hangover, as well as an opportunity to raise thousands of pounds for charity, it’s the ever-popular Loony Dook.

The Loony Dook in South Queensferry is a great way to kick off the year. For more than 25 years, hardy souls have braved the elements to take part in this annual tradition, which involves hundreds of people from across Scotland coming together on the banks of the Firth of Forth to immerse themselves in the chilly ocean water.

The celebrations start with the Dookers’ Parade through the High Street led by the Noise Commitee drummers, before launching themselves into the sub-zero water, featuring the iconic Forth Bridges as an atmosphere backdrop.

The aim of the event is to raise money for your chosen charity, which means most people dress up in their favourite costumes or silly outfits. The lengths people go to with their attire ispretty impressive; from the traditional swimming costumes to full Santa outfits and more!

If you’re not a fan of plunging into the sea, why not not come along and lend your support to the dookers instead?

Learn more about the exciting events and festivals on across Scotland throughout the year that will make for a great family day out.