Fifers prepare to brave the cold waters for the New Year

Kinghorn Loony Dook''January 1, 2014
Kinghorn Loony Dook''January 1, 2014

People in the Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn areas wishing to start the New Year with a splash are being urged to sign up to take part in the annual Loony Dook.

Events will take place at Kinghorn Harbour Beach at 11am on New Year’s Day and at noon on Kirkcaldy beach near to the Basin car park.

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Station is looking forward to a bracing New Year after a very busy 2015 celebrating the station’s Golden Anniversary, and hopes to welcome as many people as possible to join in the fun.

“This increasingly popular event has grown every year since its inception and now attracts nearly 100 dookers, many of who put a lot of effort into their fancy dress,” said Mark Gowans, lifeboat tractor driver who has organised the event for the past five years.

“The Dook is a great way to start the new year, and it’s always great to see so many people at the beach. It’s a real community event, and great fun too,” he added.

“The lifeboat will launch to oversee the event, and visitors can come along and speak to the crew and find out more about the RNLI.

“If people would like to help fundraise for the RNLI charity while taking part, that would be great; however, this is not compulsory and everyone is welcome to take part.

“It costs over £1500 per year to train crew members, which is funded by events such as the Dook, with people often challenging themselves to take part!”

Following the event there will be hot tea and coffee available, and if people are not able to take part, they can still come along to cheer on the participants.

Sponsorship forms are available from Kinghorn Community Centre or online at and further details are available by emailing