Loony Dook big part of Edinburgh’s famous Hogmanay celebrations

The Loony Dook is celebrating its 30th anniversary
The Loony Dook is celebrating its 30th anniversary

Loony Dookers will converge on South Queensferry to mark the start of 2016 in their own inimitable fashion.

This is the 30th anniversary of the off-the-wall event which has become a regular fixture on Scotland’s Hogmanay calendar.

Fireworks lit up the Edinburgh sky as part of the celebrations

Fireworks lit up the Edinburgh sky as part of the celebrations

There is no doubt Edinburgh is the home of Hogmanay, earning the title with its extravagant fireworks show, street party and the Loony Dook.

This year more than 150,000 people from around the globe converged on the capital for three days of celebrations to bring in 2016 in style.

The economic impact from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in 2014 was £41.8m and the celebration has become an integral part of Scotland’s winter celebrations.

Tickets to see headline rockers Biffy Clyro in the Concert in the Gardens sold out, but there was still plenty for the crowd to enjoy.

The street party fills Edinburgh with music, with the stunning castle as the backdrop.

January 1 will be marked on the shores of the River Forth by around 1200 people taking part in the Loony Dook.

Friends Iain Armstrong and Jim Mackenzie have done every ‘dooking’ since 1987.