Dookers take the plunge in New Year’s Day dips

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Arran went dook crazy this year with no fewer than five dooks held across the island.

In the biggest more than 60 hardy souls took part in the annual New Year’s day dook in Brodick Bay with a large number of spectators going along to witness the spectacle.

Now in its 7th year, the dook which is organised by the Douglas Hotel and which started as a small challenge by a group of friends, has become a regular, and the very first, fixture of the year in the Arran calendar.

Starting with a procession along the foreshore the dookers made their way from the Douglas Hotel to the Brodick jetty, as usual in fancy dress and festive outfits, before launching themselves into the ice-cold water.

This year there was no theme, however organisers and staff of the Douglas Hotel wore face masks of two of their friends who through illness were unable to make the event this year.

Coinciding with the horn of the MV Isle of Arran -which sounded in remembrance of the Iolaire tragedy, as did all vessels in the fleet – the dookers entered the water at exactly midday.

And this year other villages got in on the act with Lochranza, Corrie and Shiskine Valley all holding New Year’s Day dooks of their own, and, of course, they followed the Lamlash Dook on Boxing Day covered by the Banner last week.

All Brodick Dook photos by Colin Smeeton


The participants at the head of the procession make their way along the promenade with face masks in honour of friends who could not make the dook this year. 01_B02dook01

One of the founding dookers, Sean Henry, owner of the Douglas Hotel, was the first into the water with his mask in honour of his unwell friend. 01_B02dook02

A man and his dog take to the water and enjoy a lengthy swim in the bay.  01_B02dook03

Team Douglas Hotel pose for a group photo following their dook. 01_B02dook04

Spectators line the jetty and promenade to watch the dookers take to the water.01_B02dook05

Children, dogs and dookers take to the cold waters of Brodick Bay. 01_B02dook06

Making a splash, dookers enter the water while others make a hasty exit. 01_B02dook07

An expression defines how this dooker found the temperature of the water. 01_B02dook08

Impervious to the cold, two children take great delight in swimming while their mum in grey and black seems less impressed. 01_B02dook09

A group of friends hold hands as they enter the water. 01_B02dook10

This youngster who brought along a small paddle board was reluctant to leave the water. 01_B02dook11

Dookers running into the water at the Shiskine Valley dook. Photo: Eilidh Kerr

Known as the Lochranza Loonies, these dookers took part in the second annual dook this year. Photo Gail Scott No_B02dook13

The Corrie contingent who took part in the first Corrie village dook. Photo: Jack Benjamin Toye. No_B02dook14