The Stoats Loony Dook

The Stoats Loony Dook

They say that you don't have to be a loony, mad or brave... but it helps. Well, after the Stoats team welcomed 2016 with a splash in the breathtaking Stoats Loony Dook at South Queensferry, we think everyone who joined us is a bit of all three!

To celebrate 30 years of the annual dip in the freezing Firth of Forth, we handed out free bowls of porridge to warm the 1,200 brave Dookers as they gathered under the world-famous Forth Bridges.

There was plenty of giveaways and a fabulous fancy dress photo stage. From there, participants joined the Dooker Parade through the High Street before throwing themselves into the freezing Firth of Forth!

Spectators came in their thousands to cheer on the Dookers at various vantage points along the route and down on the beach and they turned the quaint little town of South Queensferry into a bustling hub of excitement.

And to those Dookers who undertook the New Year plunge to raise thousands of pounds for charity, we raise our spurtles to you!

Our thanks also go out to not only the Dookers and spectators, but the RNLI and security teams who ensured our safety on the day. And to the locals of South Queensferry, thanks for being such welcoming hosts.

The Stoats Loony Dook is part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay official world-famous New Year celebrations. The three days of spectacular events also include the spectacular Torchlight Procession, Concert in the Gardens and the Hogmanay Street Party. You can see more of these events across social media using hashtag #Blogmanay

You can find all the pictures from the day on our Facebook page: