Brrr-ave swimmers took the plunge on New Year’s Day

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Over 20 plucky folk took the plunge in the Bardowie Loch dip on New Year’s Day - the first one of its kind in the area.

Over 50 people went to the charity event near Milngavie which was organised by Vigour Events and raised £48 for the Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Some participants were extra brave and swam without a wetsuit, while other just did a quick dip in the freezing cold water - which was just as it sounds - a run in, get the shoulder under and run out again. Then there was the swimmers who went from 15 metres up to 500 metres in the loch.

One of the organisers, Kirsten Hamilton, said: “It was a great atmosphere, everyone was really up for the swim and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It was wonderful that Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs came along to support the swim as well.”

Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs was established in 1978 and is the only truly independent conservation and heritage charity working solely to protect, promote and provide projects and services for the area covered by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The Friends has a strong membership base and is supported by a large number of individuals and businesses who are passionate about caring for and celebrating the special qualities of the area.

They often work in partnership with others, including the National Park Authority and local groups, to try and make a real positive difference and help ensure current and future generations can enjoy Scotland’s first National Park in responsible ways.