The traditional annual Loony Dook has been cancelled - but you just still enjoy a dip in or around Edinburgh.

Loony Dook Alternatives 2023: Here are 10 wild swimming spots near Edinburgh pefect for a chilly New Year's Day dip

While the best known organised wild swim has been cancelled this year, there are still plenty of options for those looking to take the plunge.

In November it was announced that the annual New Year’s Day Loony Dook in South Queensferry was not taking place in 2023.

The event regularly attracted over one thousand people who would wear fancy dress to parade through the streets of the town before braving the icy waters of the Firth of Forth.

But despite there being no organised swim this year, there’s nothing to prevent you from starting the year with a chilly dip – with plenty of options in and around Edinburgh.

It goes without saying that you should make sure that the waters are safe before entering, and it’s always best to have company.

Here are 10 spots for a bracing swim.

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