City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

The Loony Dook

By edg - Posted on 05 December 2014

Loony Dook
Event details
Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 1:30pm

The Loony Dook takes place on the first day of each new year. A brave few hundred people dress up in fancy dress and throw themselves into the freezing cold water of the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, just a few miles out of the Scottish capital.

  • 11.30am – 1pm - check in
  • 1.20pm - parade leaves Hawes promenade
  • 1.30pm - the Dook

Some claim that the shock to the system of the Loony Dook is the perfect hangover cure after the excesses of the huge Hogmanay street party in Edinburgh of the night before.

With the skirl of bagpipes urging them on, the crowd of humanity makes a mad dash into the watter and (most of them) quickly retreat back to the bar. Some stay in much longer - up to half an hour.


After the Loony Dook became part of the Edinburgh's Hogmanay programme organised by Unique Events, organisers introduced a "registration fee" in 2011 of £6, rising to £9 (with booking fee) in 2015.

Registration is online at the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay website before the day of the event. Registrations are on a first come, first serve basis and there is no registration on the day of the event.

Dook Time and the Tide

The Dook depends on when tidal conditions are favourable. There is a Dooker parade through the town centre to the water's edge beforehand. 

Dookers must register in advance and check-in to the RNLI Lifeboat Station.