Torrisdale’s dookers splashing New Year’s Day

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New Zealanders spending the festive season in Kintyre joined a group of wild swimmers for an impromptu loony dook at Torrisdale on New Year’s Day.

While the McKinlay family’s homeland down under enjoyed summer temperatures of between 20°C and 30°C, it was much closer to freezing on Kintyre’s wintry east coast.

Relatives of the Macalister Halls, the visitors stayed at the family’s Torrisdale Castle home, and joined several others in the chilly aquatic adventure on January 1.

Emma Macalister Hall is part of the Carradale Wild Swimmers group which took the plunge at 2pm, with members inviting friends and family to join in.

Mrs Macalister Hall said: ‘I was stunned to see a massive turnout on the beach!’

Around 17 swimmers took to the water, ranging in age from Mrs Macalister Hall’s seven-year-old Zoe to 84-year-old Ray Lee, who recently moved to the area.

Carradale Wild Swimmers group has enjoyed a year of twice-weekly outdoor swims. Members were motivated to form the club after joining charity swimmer Kirsty Black in one of her daily December dips in 2016.