City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Stoats Loony Dook

By edg - Posted on 19 July 2017

Loony Dook
Event details
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 10:30am - 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. Times vary from year to year depending on the tides. The event is sponsored by Stoats porridge.

2018 Times are not confirmed yet

  • 10.45am – 12.30pm - Dookers check in at RNLI Life Boat Station
  • 12.45pm - Parade from Hawes car park starts
  • 1pm (approx) - first Dookers plunge into the water

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.


£TBC - in 2016 was £10 (incl booking fee) .

Stagecoach runs buses to and from the event. Dalmeny train station is also relatively near to the event.


The Loony Dook has taken place since the mid-1980s but only became part of the Edinburgh's Hogmanay programme, organised by Unique Events, in more recent years. Organisers introduced a "registration fee" in 2011 of £6, rising to £10 (with booking fee) in 2016.

Registration is online at 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.