On the first day of every year a brave few leap into the freezing cold water of Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, just a few miles out of the Scottish capital. Some claim that the shock to the system of the so-called Loony Dook is the perfect hangover cure after the excesses of the huge street party in Edinburgh of the night before.

The video clip on the this page is of the Loony Dook on 1st January 1999. It is a little over 2MB, so be patient while it loads in your browser.

The Dook takes place at the boat house steps in South Queensferry at 12 noon on 1st January. Meet 10.45-11am Moorings Pub, 24-26 Hopetoun Road, South Queensferry.